Climate Related Disasters: A Roadmap to Resilience

case study

the client

Company A*

Company A developed a partnership with a First Nation community who experiences disasters on a regular basis. Company A works with Indigenous communities around the world to help build relationships, solve problems, and create a more transparent business.

the problem

No internal subject matter expertise

Company A brought on RIC because the company did not have the internal subject matter expertise to identify and plan for the socio-economic, socio-environmental, and psycho-social impacts that disasters have on the community.

Without this deep knowledge, Company A would not be able to achieve the objectives of a larger disaster risk management project to help build the community’s resilience to disasters.

the solution

A full disaster resilient strategy and program

RIC was brought in by Company A to support their disaster risk management objectives, by creating a full disaster resilient strategy and program specific to the First Nation community.

Multiple community engagements were conducted to gather information to ensure that needs were understood, and that a culturally specific resilience journey was created.

The plan had sequential stages that were operationalized to reduce disaster risk for the community. This was done by implementing a bottom-up approach to ensure that the local community was heard throughout the design, and development phase.

The strategy and project plan enhanced resilience and supported local capacity to prepare for and withstand a disaster.

A strategy and disaster resilience roadmap

  • Strategy to reduce the disaster risk of the community.
  • A Nation specific disaster resilience roadmap was crafted that met the needs of the community.
  • The roadmap identified short, medium, and long-term resilience initiatives.
  • The roadmap was set up in such a way that it matched the requirements for government funding.

the result

Strategy to reduce disaster risk

specific disaster resilience roadmap

met requirements for government funding

the future

Implementing the disaster resilience roadmap

The future is exciting for the First Nation community because they can implement their disaster resilience roadmap knowing that this was a community led project, with support and insight from subject matter experts.

This approach has helped the community, so they are prepared for any climate related disaster, while also protecting culturally significant sites, and maintaining Traditional Knowledge (TK).

*I take my clients’ confidentiality seriously. Company A is a pseudonym.

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© Rebecca Innes Consulting 2023