A new way of promoting multi-stakeholder dialogue

Participants at work!

Participants at work!

The risk and resilience scorecard: Benchmark disaster resilience in cities

The purpose of this workshop was to discuss a multilevel city resilience scorecard that is being developed jointly by the Global Earthquake Model (Christopher G. Burton, Senior Scientist, Foundation, Pavia, Italy), the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (Bijan Khazai, Senior Research Scientist, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) and the South Asia Institute (Johannes Anhorn, Research Associate, Heidelberg University, Germany). It is a self-evaluation tool that makes use of primary source data to empower stakeholders to quantitatively assess resilience parameters based on data that is derived using a bottom-up approach at sub-city levels. After presenting the conceptual framework of the resilience design process used for the development of the scorecard, participants from all around the world shared their perceptions of their respective city resilience capacity.

One of the question asked to the audience, and answered with a remote control, was: “To what extent are there well-defined mechanisms of coordination for disaster preparedness, safety, and risk reduction in your city?”. 42% of the participants think that there is limited coordination and weak cooperation. This tool does not address the complexity of the urban resilience, but allows for the identification of gaps in resilience capacity building. It also generates fruitful discussions. The fact that people answers the questions with a remote eliminates peer-pressure and shows results that wouldn’t have been revealed otherwise. After this interactive activity, the participants, divided in 3 groups, shared their thoughts on the following questions:

  1. Who are the potential partners for defining and assessing resilience in your city?
  2. How can the complexities in evaluating urban resilience be operationalized through a scorecard?
  3. Where do you see opportunities for the scorecard?

You can find below, a visual representation of the answers of each group. Conversations were rich in content; experts sharing their professional as well as personal experiences. A member of the audience raised a question regarding the contextualization of the questions that they use during the multilevel stakeholder activities: Is it only one set of questions about resilience capacity that is replicated in different context (geographical, cultural, etc.)? For the implementation of the scorecard in Lalitpur (Nepal), the individuals participating to the multi-level stakeholders meeting were part of the initiative from the beginning of the designing process. So the answer is no. It is a replicable tool that is context-specific!



Results of the discussions


Mr. Houle received his bachelor's degree from McGill University in Environment and Developement and is completing his master’s degree in Urban planning at University of Montreal, Canada. His research focuses on the use of crowdsourcing technologies for disaster risk reduction (spatial planning perspective). Michaël is the author of the «How can crowdsourcing provide more efficient disaster risk management ?» proposal selected as one of the 2014 MIT Climate CoLab contest. He also won the 2013 MIT Climate Colab Urban adaptation: Climate resilient cities contest. He is currently developing a new environmental migration management strategy in Vietnam. LinkedIn profile: http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/micha%C3%ABl-houle/53/842/b39