Biennial Report on Global Infrastructure Resilience

Power lines and tower. Photo: Richard Nyberg

While infrastructure and its criticality in the global agenda has been discussed in several global reports, there is no periodic high-level report that focuses global attention on the critical and multi-faceted challenges posed to disaster and climate resilient infrastructure. CDRI has realized the need to bring out a dedicated and technically grounded report on infrastructure resilience to be its principal vehicle for engaging and focusing the attention of a global audience of political leaders, policy makers, practitioners, and researchers.

Flagship Report on Disaster and Climate Resilient Infrastructure

The Flagship Report is structured along five Pillars that traverse through the themes of a conducting a global risk and resilience assessment of infrastructure systems resulting in the development of the Global Infrastructure Risk Model and Resilience Index (GIRI); advocating for pathways to upscale nature-based solutions for disaster resilient infrastructure; conducting progress review of global goals and targets for resilient infrastructure; and financing for disaster and climate resilient infrastructure. The five Pillars are listed below

Pillar 1 –Global Infrastructure Risk Model

The Model is the first ever fully probabilistic risk assessment covering global infrastructure sectors. It is expected that it will inform planning, decision making and investment in disaster and climate resilient infrastructure by providing credible and fully comparable probabilistic risk metrics that cover every country and territory in the world. It will measure resilience in major infrastructure sectors, such as power and energy, transport, telecommunications, and water, as well as in social infrastructure such as education and health. It will estimate risk to major hazards such as tropical cyclones, flood, drought, landslide, earthquake, and tsunami, considering a range of climate change scenarios and will also consider the capacity of countries to manage and reduce the risks they face.

Building on a long trajectory of development of global risk models over the last 20 years, it is being developed for CDRI by a consortium of scientific and technical organisations notably the CIMA Foundation (Italy), INGENIAR Risk Intelligence (Colombia); GRID-Geneva (Switzerland) and NGI (Norway) under the management of UNDP.

Pillar 2 –Global Infrastructure Resilience Index

The Index will highlight the progress of various countries in developing disaster and climate resilient infrastructure. It will combine metrics from the global risk and resilience assessment done in Pillar 1 with the metrics of infrastructure investment and quality of infrastructure governance derived from the Global Infrastructure Resilience Survey (GIRS) – a global survey that will collect and analyse infrastructure management and decision-making data to develop a novel global database describing infrastructure resilience, service, and the enabling environment around these systems. CDRI has engaged the University of Oxford for the GIR Survey.

Pillar 3 – Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for Disaster and Climate Resilient Infrastructure

Pillar 3 will discuss the common economic, social, political, institutional issues that need to be addressed at the global, national, and sub-national levels to unlock and realize the potential of nature-based solutions in disaster and climate resilient infrastructure. The chapter will identify pathways to resolve the challenges and exploit the opportunities and advocate for mainstreaming nature-based solutions for resilient infrastructure.

CDRI has engaged the United States Forest Service to be the Coordinating Lead Author of the Chapter. In addition, several Lead Authors are contributing to the Chapter through position papers. These include the Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA), Green Climate Fund (GCF), Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), Conservation International, Infrastructure Canada, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and TARU Leading Edge amongst other contributing organizations.

Pillar 4 – Progress Monitoring

This pillar will include reviewing the progress towards achieving the goals and targets of the Sendai Framework and other associated international commitments on disaster and climate risk reduction and assessing countries’ progress in achieving them.

Pillar 5 – Financing for Disaster and Climate Resilient Infrastructure

This pillar of will discuss the financial models and mechanisms, as well as opportunities that can be leveraged to support the development of disaster and climate resilient infrastructure. It will elaborate the economic and financial case for resilience and identify innovative approaches to mobilize finance.

CDRI has engaged the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Coalition for Climate Resilient Infrastructure (CCRI) to be the Co-coordinating Lead Authors of the Chapter. In addition, several Lead Authors are contributing to the Chapter through position papers. These include the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Miyamoto International, International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI), and South Pole Carbon, amongst other contributing organizations such as UNDP Geneva and C40 Cities.

Expected Roll Out and Launch

CDRI has engaged the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the coordinating agency for developing the Flagship Report. It is scheduled to be released at the G20 Summit during India’s Presidency in 2023.

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