Resilience profiling tools

How do we aim to improve resilience in our urban areas if we don't understand how resilient we are?

SESSION: Friday 22nd March, 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Chris Cameron & Lisa Marquardt

Many urban centres throughout Aotearoa and the world are aiming for increased resilience. However, climate impacts like sea level rise and higher intensity rainfall mean that for most their level of resilience will likely be reducing over time.

Do we really know what is meant by resilience? And how should we measure it?

In one sense, resilience can be seen as the simple flip-side of risk - that is, the less risk a community is exposed to, the more resilient it is. However, there are nuances to the definition of resilience that incorporate aspects of 'bouncing back' from adversity. Also, resilience is made up of a number of factors beyond simple risk exposure - for example, the level of cohesion among the community, or its socio-economic makeup.

A recent Treasury report found that the NZ economy is resilient to climate change - however, this has raised eyebrows for many. Their assessment did not include climate impacts, but stated that New Zealand was better able to adapt to the impacts of climate change than many other countries because of its strong institutions and track record of economic and fiscal resilience.

This presentation will explore what is meant by resilience at a city level. It will assess the elements involved in measuring and reporting on resilience, and discuss a range of available tools for such measurements, including key differences and commonalities between them. Resilience 'scores' for selected cities will be explored to highlight the types of risks and other factors that determine their perceived resilience.

Presented By

Chris Cameron

Climate Change Lead, Pattle Delamore Partners

Chris is an innovative thinker with diverse experience in climate change science, strategy, policy, and implementation. He has worked in local and central government, the private sector, and represented NZ at United Nations climate change negotiations. Chris is recognized as a pioneer in climate adaptation and has a passion for this work, along with taking strategic and analytical approaches to implement meaningful change. Chris leads Pattle Delamore Partners climate change team.

Lisa Marquardt

Service Leader Climate Adaptation, Pattle Delamore Partners

Lisa is a strategic thinker practiced in policy analysis, development, environmental planning and provision of advice, with a particular interest in the climate adaptation/planning/risk management interface. Lisa has led adaptation work at national and regional level, including technical work, methodology and policy development as well as engagement with a range of stakeholders, including iwi/Māori, businesses, the local community and technical experts. She is well connected within the Aotearoa climate adaptation space, and is passionate about helping to increase adaptation skills and expertise across the private and public sectors.