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Mapping Climate and Disaster Resilience

Srikantha Herath


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UNU in association with Kyoto University, UNISDR and CityNet has undertaken an project to map the climate and disaster resilience of selected Asian coastal cities.

Recognizing the ever-increasing vulnerability of coastal cities in Asia to climate change impacts, this study measures the existing level of climate disaster resilience of the targeted areas using a Climate Disaster Resilience Index based on five resilience-based dimensions: natural, physical, social, economic and institutional.

The study is limited to climate-induced disasters such as cyclone, flood, heat wave, drought and heavy rain-induced landslide. For each city, resilience information is presented as overall resilience and separate physical, social, economic and institutional resilience. Higher values of resilience are equivalent to a higher preparedness to cope with climate disasters.

Based on the results, policy recommendations are encourage city governments to engage in specific service, institution and capacity building. Not only are outputs from this study useful for city governments, but they also provide valuable knowledge and information to other local and national stakeholders having a similar target: the enhancement of community resilience.

Focus areas:

Capacity building

Regions covered:


Participating entities:

UN Communications Group, UNEP

Results achieved:

The project’s pilot phase is summarized in the booklet Climate and Disaster Resilience Profile of Asian Cities, published by UNU, UN/ISDR. Kyoto University and CITYNET in Feb. 2009.


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