Accelerating climate adaption:

Everyone has a role to play

Critical infrastructure, business continuity, cities, the financial sector; they are all impacted by extreme weather, natural disasters and climate change. More so, how they are impacted is interconnected as in today’s world, there are no isolated entities anymore. By enhancing resilience we will not only protect the one, but protect society as a whole. Everyone has a role to play.

In our webinar, an official side event at Climate Adaptation Summit2021, we will show you how by demonstrating project examples in implementing different interventions of enhancing climate resilience and climate adaptation. We will discuss how private and public parties can work together in protecting a community, how critical infrastructure can be protected and how we can safeguard business continuity on a global scale for multinationals. Click here for the complete webinar outline.

The webinar can be found in the virtual 3D Climate Adaptation exposition via the button below. The 3D expo holds additional information for you on the speaker’s topics.

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Risk thinking vs. resilience thinking

How do objective data and subjective data play a role in the design process to enhance resilience and climate adaptation? And what tools can you use?

People are adapting to climate change. But organisations aren’t moving fast enough to deliver a meaningful impact. We all need to accelerate our efforts, and businesses must lead the charge through their decarbonisation and climate adaptation and mitigation programmes.

George Peters

Global Director Climate Resilience at Royal HaskoningDHV

Assessing risk & understanding exposure to protect business continuity

Djeevan Schiferli, Resilience Suite Lead at Royal HaskoningDHV says that, with rapid climate change and the increase in extreme weather incidents, resilience is quickly becoming an agenda item for the boardroom. He explains, “Businesses must be aware of their exposure and vulnerability to natural hazards and extreme weather in order to understand what measures they should take to increase their resilience.

The financial sector – regulators, investors and insurance companies – is demanding more and more from companies in terms of understanding how vulnerable they are to climate change. 

Djeevan Schiferli

Resilience Suite Lead at Royal HaskoningDHV

New ways of communicating risk to inform resilience investment

Data and modelling play a fundamental role when it comes to analysing risk, and in communicating that risk. Justin Butler, CEO of Ambiental, a company of Royal HaskoningDHV, says that new ways of mapping, modelling, visualising and communicating risk are fundamental so that individuals, businesses and governments are better informed about the risks they are facing in order to take appropriate actions. Watch Justin's vlogs below.

New ways of communicating risk Data sharing & communicating risk
If we're able to supply better data and information on the exposure of assets, then that data feed can be used to better structure the models which underpin the insurance and reinsurance industry.

Justin Butler

CEO of Ambiental, a company of Royal HaskoningDHV

Urban planning and stakeholder collaboration reduce risk & enhance resilience

Today, people and assets are more densely concentrated in urban environments, making society much more vulnerable to climate-related disruption than in the past. In their vlog, Tjeerd Driessen (Director Business Development Africa) and Oluwaseun Oyebode (Civil Engineer and Consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV Southern Africa) discuss Southern Africa’s susceptibility to floods, droughts, hail, wildfires and storm surges; as well as the measures that should be taken to enhance resilience in the region.

Rapid urban growth in Southern Africa needs to be followed with the right investments in terms of urban planning, focusing on awareness, prevention, preparedness and also proper emergency response – in order to reduce the risks and exposure of communities and organisations to extreme weather events.

Tjeerd Driessen and Oluwaseun Oyebode


Combining efforts across sectors for greater climate resilience

Building better resilience, whether to flood, fire or drought, will be an evolutionary process. Ben Patterson, Technical Director Rivers & Water Management, Australia, at Royal HaskoningDHV, says that using lessons learnt and tools developed in one sector to improve resilience in others will speed this process and ultimately achieve a far more cohesive approach.

By harnessing technology and learning from other sectors, we can evolve tools and strategies that allow us to resist the whole gamut of challenges that Australia faces.

Ben Patterson

Technical Director Rivers & Water Management, Australia, at Royal HaskoningDHV

Long-term adaptive capacity for resilient assets and infrastructure

Resilience has an element of bounce back that includes improved resistance after an event and building adaptive capacity. Jaap Flikweert, Flood and Coastal Management Advisor UK at Royal HaskoningDHV, says, “For long-term investments, services like digital twins help infrastructure operators and companies to understand how natural systems are going to develop; and keep them informed about when they will need to invest again to keep their assets resilient.” 

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(Drone footage credit: Chris Taylor)
Multinationals and infrastructure operators should work with the public sector to develop combined solutions that enable companies, communities and infrastructure to become more resilient. 

Jaap Flikweert

Flood and Coastal Management Advisor UK at Royal HaskoningDHV

Actionable insights for business continuity

With companies and consumers around the world expecting 24/7 service and just-in-time delivery all year round, business continuity is fundamental. Due to globalisation, local outfall will have global impact. To mitigate operational, supply chain or distribution interruptions caused by severe weather or natural hazards, industries must take steps to increase the resilience of their assets and processes.

Lennart Silvis, Global Director Water for Industry at Royal HaskoningDHV, says that new digital innovations offer great opportunities for analysing, forecasting and mitigating risks related to business continuity.

By making informed decisions around the impacts of weather and climate for their investments, industries will be empowered to improve their business continuity. 

Lennart Silvis

Global Director Water for Industry at Royal HaskoningDHV

Resilience in cities: addressing societal and economic risks

Critical infrastructure operators, businesses and the financial sector all run an economic risk of damage related to natural disasters. Lisette Heuer, Global Director Resilience at Royal HaskoningDHV says that Resilience should therefore be the combined effort of both the public and private sectors, in order to make society and economies more resilient to upcoming climate change.
Although water and climate change risks are global challenges, their impact is determined by the local context. Climate resilience is therefore essential to people, society, economy and infrastructure. 

Lisette Heuer

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