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Flagship Report on Disaster and Climate Resilient Infrastructure

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Flagship Report on Disaster and Climate Resilient Infrastructure

While the need for infrastructure has been regularly reflected in 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. 

The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) has identified this gap and recognised the need to bring out a dedicated technical report on infrastructure resilience. CDRI’s Flagship Report on Disaster and Climate Resilient Infrastructure is poised to be CDRI’s principal vehicle for engaging and focusing the attention of a global audience of political leaders, policy makers, practitioners and researchers. 

The Flagship Report

CDRI envisages its flagship report as a biennial report that will be developed through a series of technical studies, background papers, workshops and data collection. It will be anchored on the following five pillars: 

Pillar 1 – A Global Risk and Resilience Assessment of Infrastructure Systems: CDRI will conduct a global risk assessment of the key infrastructure systems in different countries. This will entail five main elements: developing a global risk model; developing an inventory of infrastructure and vulnerability functions; hazard modelling, including climate change-informed hazard modelling; infrastructure risk modelling and modelling resilience of infrastructure networks. It will also include a special section on health infrastructure and lessons learned from the global pandemic, given the relevance of COVID-19 for infrastructure systems.

Pillar 2 – Disaster and Climate Infrastructure Resilience Index: An index will be created to highlight the progress of various countries in developing disaster and climate resilient infrastructure. The index will combine metrics from the global risk and resilience assessment (Pillar 1) with the metrics of infrastructure investment and quality of infrastructure governance.

Pillar 3 – Thematic Section on Nature-Based Solutions: The report will generate evidence-based case studies to make a convincing plea to adopt Nature-based Solutions for disaster risk reduction. Currently, there are limited studies that prove its economic viability.

Pillar 4 – Progress Review of Global Goals and Targets for Resilient Infrastructure: The report will also reflect on the progress around monitoring and achieving the commitments made towards disaster resilient infrastructure in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030.

Pillar 5 – Financing for Climate Resilient Infrastructure: The report will shed more light on the issues surrounding the analytical tools required to make a case for investing in disaster and climate risk. It will also discuss the financial models and mechanisms required to support the development of disaster resilient infrastructure.

Expected Roll Out

CDRI has engaged the United Nations Development Programme as the coordinating agency for developing this report. It is scheduled to be released in 2022. However, there are plans for the release of an intermediate output at the Conference of Parties (COP) 26 to be held in November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.