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For better resiliency, don’t just try to defeat nature—work with it

Natural disaster forecasting to be mapped

Decision No 705, signed on June 7 by Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, approved the natural disaster forecasting programme to assess, map and update regions with high risks of catastrophes, especially those occurring on a regular basis, namely typhoons, floods, salinisation, droughts and so forth.

With an aim to prevent and overcome natural disasters, the programme focuses on vulnerable areas in lands, seas and islands. It evaluates the risk of calamities by region, establishing a warning map for tropical depressions, storms and rises in the sea level. The programme will determine floods, land subsidence and landslides in midlands and mountainous regions in addition to hail storms, heat waves, tornados, droughts, lightning, severe cold, rimes, earthquakes and tsunamis…


There is a lot of talk about resilience

There is a lot of talk about the idea of resilience, in both individuals and organisations. But too often the thinking falls back into simplistic and mechanistic ideas. The most obvious of these mechanistic ideas is that the response to the challenge of resilience is to increase the strength of the person, process or organisation. You see this when unfairly people who are struggling emotionally are labelled “weak”, or where a company thinks it can increase its resilience by growing rapidly to be a stronger market force. It is wrong-headed and even dangerous thinking…


For better resiliency, don’t just try to defeat nature—work with it


Caught between coastal flooding and rain-based flooding, innovative cities around the world are learning to work with nature as much as possible.

Like a lot of coastal cities, New York City has expanded its shoreline into the water for centuries. But as sea levels rise, we’re beginning to learn that this strategy has put large areas of the city at risk, as nature seeks to establish a new shoreline further inland. We will have to adapt to this new reality by protecting and creating wetlands that can buffer inland areas and, in places where there isn’t space, creating berms and floodwalls and raising buildings. But any wall that keeps water out will also keep water in—which is a problem in places where rainfall is increasing and there is a high density of buildings and roads, like in New York…


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