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221. Aiming to Improve Resilience Indicators

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Resilience is becoming a top priority in sustainability and development agendas, including high-level policy initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. In January 2021, Nature Sustainability published an article calling for improved resilience indicators

Resilience has different interpretations and definitions in different disciplines and is difficult to measure conceptually and methodically. Accumulating evidence requires precise, accurate, and justified representative indicators. In particular, the paper mentioned early work by the Resilience Measurement Technical Working Group and supports their call to: (1) better understand the varied impacts of shock events; (2) place well-being as a core measurement outcome; (3) identify capacities that maintain well-being in the face of shocks; and (4) draw on contextual factors to explain regional variation in resilience. 


Jones L., Constas M, Matthews N & Verkaart S. Advancing resilience measurement. Nat Sustain (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-020-00642-x

Contributor: IIYAMA Miyuki (Research Strategy Office)