Standards, codes and regulations are crucial in scaling-up disaster and climate resilience in infrastructure investments. They also ensure that essential infrastructure and services suffer minimal disruption in the face of disasters, and recover swiftly thereafter. To fully realize the benefits of adopting effective standards, codes and regulations, a range of factors including contextual risks, climate conditions, geophysical hazards, environmental trends, local construction practices, advancements in engineering technology, and policy priorities need to be considered. Supporting certification systems enable infrastructure developers to build in resilience across different lifecycle stages of infrastructure development and boost confidence within the financiers.
With respect to this, the Coalition will develop, strengthen and promote performance-based standards and supporting certification systems based on technological developments and capacities across the lifecycle of its priority infrastructure sectors, and introduce appropriate incentives for incorporating resilience in infrastructure development across CDRI Member Countries. Further, it aims to build stakeholder capacities in CDRI Member Countries to effectively drive the DRI agenda through technical standards and certification systems.
Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) has developed a Lexicon on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (DRI) to foster a shared conceptual understanding of infrastructure-related terms and phrases. It provides a set of globally applicable references to concepts and phrases that can provide a better understanding of the domain, act as a guide to research and understanding, and aid in infrastructure-related decision making of governments, academia and financial institutions, among others.
The Lexicon has been developed through a co-creation approach. Over a period of 10 months, a panel of subject matter experts identified from the government, the private and non-profit sectors and academia representing different geographies and varied disciplines including engineering and architecture, spatial planning, finance, social sciences and knowledge management engaged with the CDRI Secretariat to develop the definitions of priority terms relevant for DRI.
The Lexicon has benefitted from the strategic guidance and inputs by the project’s Advisory Committee (consisting of representatives from member organizations of the Coalition) and feedback received during the Global Consultation (from professionals and practitioners across the world).
The DRI Lexicon launched at the ICDRI 2023.