Organization: Zurich Insurance Company (Switzerland)
- Linda Freiner, Flood Resilience Program Manager, Zurich Insurance Group (Switzerland)
In order to truly understand whether a community program is having an impact on improving the community’s resilience level to flood disasters, we need to be able to measure and compare resilience levels in different communities at different times. While numerous conceptual resilience frameworks have been proposed, we identified a clear gap in translating them into quantifiable resilience indicators embedded in a participatory community led process.
With this challenge in mind, Zurich Insurance Group together with the partner organizations of their global flood resilience alliance, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Practical Action and the Center for Risk Management at the Wharton School have launched an innovative initiative which aims at developing a framework to measure flood resilience that could be widely applied in the field.
This framework builds on world-class expertise and combines existing community resilience characteristics from the humanitarian sector, which is then being validated from a research and field perspective before being implemented. The session presents the state of the art thinking on the challenges and opportunities associated with resilience measurement. It presents first insights from pilot work being tested in a selected number of communities around the world in both developing and developed countries. The session will also provide an opportunity for participants to provide insights on our approach.
Chair: David Nash, Community Impact Manager