- Alison Sneddon (moderator), Practical Action
- Jose Antonio Monroy, Red Cross Mexico
- Nathalie Darres, Zurich Insurance group Mexico
- Mirianna Budimir, Practical Action
- Reinhard Mechler, IIASA
Experiences of using the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance Measurement Tool
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 9:00 – 10:30
Room: Salon de los Maestros
At Understanding Risk 2014 the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance at the session “Can flood resilience be measured – an innovative approach may do just that” introduced an innovative global programme aiming to support communities understand and thus build their resilience to floods. This programme has now been running for four years, and we have piloted the Flood Resilience measurement for community tool in over 120 communities across the world in both developed and developing countries. The findings from this pilot have informed not only whether the tool is valid to measure the cornerstones of resilience at the community level, but is also shedding insights into how communities can plan to build their resilience and what are the knowledge and solutions gaps that must be filled for their resilience building efforts to succeed.
The framework we presented in 2014 has generated a wealth of information, which we will share at this session.
We will show how the tool has supported communities better understand their resilience options, and how it can inform humanitarian and development project implementation and programming as well as policy. We will also talk about how the tool is being validated from a research perspective. How the same community generated data supporting the empirical validation of the tool by comparing pre and post flood measurements in communities where a flood event has occurred and comparing these to measurements from communities that have not faced a flood event.
As an interactive session we will facilitate the audience to provide critical feedback on our approach.
In particular, the FRMC has several core components designed to enhance risk communication.
- The communication of the results back to the community in a way that is not complicated, supporting actionable information.
- Using handheld devices to overcome cultural difference in risk communication and risk comprehension.
- Using targeted communication channels such as SMS to provide supplementary risk communication.
- Using public campaigns and mass media for risk communication.
- The data storage on a web-based platform allows multiple users to interrogate the data and therefore inform different types and uses of risk and resilience communication.
Plenary inputs (35’)
- Introduction to the alliance and what we are aiming to achieve (Practical Action) 3’
- Resilience Measurement- its design and how it works in the field (IIASA) 8’
- Experiences from using the tool in Mexico (RC)-practice and policy 8’
- Experiences from using the tool for community level engagement in Peru and Nepal (PA) 8’
- How will measurement induce change-the private sector perspective (Zurich) 8’
Interactive session (30’)
We will then proceed to a world café style interactive session with the audience to jointly revisit our findings and propositions for further using the tool. We will break up into 3 small groups to deepen the discussion, receive critical feedback and explore future collaboration:
- How can resilience measurement inform community level practice?
- Resilience Measurement and development programming and policy
- What role for the private sector in using resilience measurement?
Joint discussion (15’)
The final session element will feature joint discussion informed by the findings of the 3 groups to also further explore next steps. We will particularly encourage institutions interested in using the tool to contact us to arrange follow up meetings.