Summary of Study Session 12

In Study Session 12, you have learned that:

  1. Resilience is the ability of an individual, a household, community, or society to withstand, cope with and quickly recover from shocks and stresses such as drought, floods or natural disasters.
  2. Climate change resilience should comprise climate change adaptation, mitigation actions and disaster risk reduction.
  3. Adaptation for resilience in the water sector involves efficient use of water, reducing leakage, robust systems, ecosystem resilience and flexible management.
  4. Water conservation, recycling of water and integrated catchment management are examples of possible improvements in water resource management.
  5. The Ethiopian government has initiated the Climate Resilient Green Economy strategy to protect the country from the adverse effects of climate change and to build a green economy that will help realise its ambition of reaching middle-income status by 2025.
  6. Increasing urban populations make urban resilience a high priority. Developing urban resilience includes recognising the importance of soft and hard systems, engaging all stakeholders, making links with others, looking to the future, using local knowledge, building leadership and focusing on vulnerable people.
  7. Early warning systems are designed to warn people of possible harm. They require risks to be monitored and analysed so they can be communicated to people and responses can be prepared.

12.5  Early warning systems

Self-Assessment Questions (SAQs) for Study Session 12