Year in Review 2018: Whose Resilient Future?

Study finds Tropical Cyclone Winston damaged fisheries as well as homes in Fiji

A newly published study by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has found that impacts of Tropical Cyclone Winston on the coastal communities of Fiji went beyond the immediate loss of lives and infrastructure. The cyclone also had a lingering effect on the fisheries many communities depend on, particularly on the availability of commercially important crustaceans.  In the aftermath of the 2016 Category 5 cyclone that wrecked widespread havoc on the islands of Fiji, many women fishers stopped fishing for mud crabs altogether while they focused instead on repairing their homes. Fisherwomen who continued the harvest reported fewer and smaller crabs, and catches were sold mostly to local traders to raise money for home repair as opposed to being eaten by fishers…


Year in Review 2018: Whose Resilient Future?

Resilient Equity Hubs— a part of the author’s All Bay Collective “Estuary Commons” proposal for San Leandro Bay in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge—form alliances across political jurisdictions and property lines to reconfigure structures of wealth creation and ownership. Courtesy All Bay Collective

“Your urgency is not my urgency.” This was the rebuke from Marquita Price of the East Oakland Collective (EOC) at a design critique for the Resilient by Design (RBD) Bay Area Challenge this past March. Our team, the All Bay Collective, was working with EOC and other community-based organizations to champion racial and economic equity as part of our climate adaptation proposal. Price, who joined us for jury questions, rejected an impassioned plea by Dutch resilience ambassador Henk Ovink for more immediate action. A rush to judgment, she said, would foreclose a deeply empowered public process.

RBD—initiated by cities, agencies, and community groups around San Francisco Bay—leveraged $4.6 million from the Rockefeller Foundation to support nine teams of architects, landscape architects, engineers, ecologists, policy experts, and community partners from September 2017 to May 2018. Our task: to envision a region more resilient to climate change and its attendant risks. The brief explicitly called for reckoning with “the roots of systemic racism” and the “enduring reproduction of marginalization” that have left communities of color more vulnerable to climate hazards. In response, participants called for a familiar tool kit of “multibenefit solutions,” including those that would monetize…



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s