HPG – The Relevance of Resilience

Dec 9, 2014

The use of ‘resilience’ to reframe challenges which have previously been discussed under headings such as sustainable development, vulnerability and disaster risk reduction (DRR) has facilitated the inclusion and increasing influence of the climate change adaptation (CCA) community. This is visible in the proliferation of studies of resilience and adaptationin eco-systems, and the domination of the language of ‘systems’ rather than people,even in the definitions of resilience. The adoption of the latter offered the mainstream humanitarian/DRR communities an opportunity to ‘work across silos’ by sharing an analytical approach with CCA, as well as providing a tempting opportunity to borrow the apparently scientific, non-subjective certainty of ecology.


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