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What is resilience and how can it be measured?
The shift from a risk-based approach to managing natural hazards toward ideas of disaster resilience reflects the uncertainties inherent in natural disasters.
These uncertainties range from predicting their location and impact, to the changing patterns of natural hazard risks resulting from changing climate and demographics. Helping to enhance disaster resilience is research by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, described in Hazard Note 17, which is an overview of the Understanding and measuring social resilience cluster of projects.
This research has three linked studies:
- The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index
- Scoping north Australian community resilience
- North Australian bushfire and natural hazard training
These studies are helping communities, government and organisations develop the capabilities needed for living with natural hazards. Receive Hazard Notes direct to your inbox each month by signing up here.
As well as the Hazard Note, three short videos feature researchers and an end-user outline different aspects of the studies, and the benefits they will bring. Visit the Hazard Note page to watch the videos, which cover:
- Indigenous and remote communities in northern Australia, the issues these communities face and identifing how we can build economic resilience within them.
- How to develop emergency mangement training that is relevant to emergencies in the north, which differs greatly from southern Australia.
- Payment for ecosystem services in northern Australia, and the value of managing land in culturally appropriate and economically viable ways.