Resilience Toolbox

Resilience tools can be useful for a wide range of practitioners but it can be hard to find the right tool for the job. We have assessed a wide range of tools, which are listed below, mapped by the resilience value they add at different stages of the infrastructure lifecycle. Use the filters to break down the results by sector and user type.

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Green Evaluation

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Green Evaluation  

We base our evaluation of an adaptation project on the increase in resilience the project is likely to provide for the covered geographical area or asset base. This results in the adaptation score.

First, we quantitatively evaluate the benefit of the added resilience, relative to the amount of the financing’s proceeds, on a five-point scale.

The benefit is the forecast reduction in the cost of expected damages caused by extreme weather events. It is based on an entity’s analysis, to which we may apply quantitative adjustments.

Second, we modify the evaluation score determined in the first step, based on our qualitative view of the adequacy of an entity’s quantification approach to determining the resilience benefit.

Third, we may apply additional adjustments in certain cases – for example, for projects that are in developing countries for which the resilience benefit may be understated because the likely significant social benefits are difficult to quantify.

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
S&P Global Ratings

The IS Rating Scheme

The IS Rating Scheme by Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia

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The IS Rating Scheme  

The IS Rating Scheme by Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia

The IS Rating Scheme (IS) is Australia and New Zealand’s only comprehensive rating system for evaluating sustainability across planning, design, construction and operation of all phases of infrastructure programs, projects, networks and assets.

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Type – Open source

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
ISCA

PCVA

Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Analysis

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PCVA  

Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Analysis

Oxfam’s participatory capacity and vulnerability analysis (PCVA) tool is a risk analysis process designed to help staff and partner organisations engage with communities in contexts where natural disasters are significant drivers of poverty and suffering. PCVA has its roots in two proven social development methodologies. First, it stems from capacity and vulnerability analysis (CVA) methodology. This has long enabled development and humanitarian aid workers to design programmes based on a community’s capacities as well as its vulnerabilities. It recognises that vulnerable people have capacities to cope with adversity and can take steps to improve their lives, however difficult their situation may be. Second, it is rooted in the belief that enabling communities to genuinely participate in programme design, planning, and management leads to increased ownership, accountability and impact, and is the best way to bring about change. PCVA draws on a wide range of participatory learning and action (PLA) techniques and tools that are designed to channel participants’ ideas and efforts into a structured process of analysis, learning, and action planning, with the overall aim of reducing a community’s disaster risk.

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Type – Practitioner's guide available on website

Maturity

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Oxfam

CRPT

City Resilience Profiling Tool

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CRPT  

City Resilience Profiling Tool

The City Resilience Profiling Tool (CRPT) is a self-assessment tool primarily addressed to municipal leaders, managers, urban planners, and other personnel with a responsibility for ensuring the safety, maintenance, and security of all aspects and functions of an urban area, including critical infrastructure and services, health facilities, transport and telecommunications networks, sanitation, water, etc.

The City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP) designs this tool for generating metrics for urban resilience in order to establish baselines (or ‘profiles’) upon which to integrate resilience based inputs to sustainable urban planning, development, and management processes in cities and other human settlements throughout the world. The main goal of the CRPP is to support local governments and their stakeholders by transforming urban areas into safer and better places to live in, and improve their capacity to absorb and rebound quickly from any and all potential shocks or stresses.

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Type – An approach set out in a book

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
UN Habitat

Climate Bonds Standard

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Climate Bonds Standard  

The CBI sets standards for physical climate resilience within components of certain sector guidance. The standards do not have a separate sector or category themselves on physical climate resilience.

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Type – Online knowledge

Maturity

Sector-specific? Yes

CWRA

City Water Resilience Approach




Primarily government, owners and operators, but all stakeholders potentially

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CWRA  

City Water Resilience Approach

The City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA) responds to a demand for innovative approaches and tools that help cities build water resilience at the urban scale. The CWRA was developed to help cities grow their capacity to provide high quality water resources for all residents, to protect them from water-related hazards, and to connect them through water-based transportation networks (“provide, protect, connect”).

The approach is the result of fieldwork and desk research, collaborative partnerships with subject matter experts, and direct engagement with city partners. Based on this research, the CWRA outlines a process for developing urban water resilience, and provides a suite of tools to help cities grow their capacity to survive and thrive in the face of water-related shocks and stresses. The approach details five steps to guide cities through initial stakeholder engagement and baseline assessment, through action planning, implementation and monitoring of new initiatives that build water resilience.

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Primarily government, owners and operators, but all stakeholders potentially

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OurWater

OurWater

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OurWater  

OurWater

OurWater helps users visualize the processes, stakeholders and infrastructure networks that make up their city’s water system.

OurWater has been developed to address the growing need for tools that can help cities share information between different stakeholders and visualize complex interactions. This goal of understanding the city’s water landscape is one critical element of moving towards the goal of building cities’ capacity to endure, adapt and transform in the face of water challenges.

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Envision




Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers

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Envision  

Envision is a groundbreaking resource for professionals involved in planning, designing, building, maintaining civil infrastructure. As a rating system for sustainable infrastructure, Envision is supported by a wide array of respected organisations involved in infrastructure design, construction, and operation.

Envision provides guidance on sustainable best practices at no cost to users, and serves not only as a planning and design tool, but also as means of evaluating infrastructure project once complete.

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Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers

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Type – Open Source - but certification cerification validation costs

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Key aims Sustainability

Sector-specific? Yes

Resilence Atlas



Assets owner / managers / operators

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Resilence Atlas  

The Resilience Atlas was developed with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation to identify where projects should take place and allow users to derive insights of their own based on data. The developers believed that policymakers and donors needed to know where problems were occurring to know where to make investments.

The Resilience Atlas is an interactive analytical tool for building:

  1. Understanding of the extent and severity of some of the key stressors and shocks that are affecting rural livelihoods, production systems, and ecosystems in the Sahel, Horn of Africa and South and Southeast Asia;
  2. Insights into the ways that different types of wealth and assets (i.e. natural capital, human capital, social capital, financial capital and manufactured capital) and combinations among these – impact resilience in particular contexts.

The tool is a web-based open source mapping platform.

To date, the tool has been used at the national level, but there are opportunities to use the data at a more localized level. Data is available for all countries. This tool is primarily used in places where capacity for remote sensing and GIS is lower. “

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Assets owner / managers / operators

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Type – Open Source

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Key aims Risk/Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes