Improving community resilience in the Hawke's Bay : a review of resilience research, and current public education, communication and resilience strategies

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Becker, J.S.; McBride, S.K.; Paton, D. 2013 Improving community resilience in the Hawke's Bay : a review of resilience research, and current public education, communication and resilience strategies. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2012/38 72 p.

Abstract: Resilience can be described as the ability of individuals and communities to adapt to a disaster situation (‘adaptive capacity’). A significant amount of research has been undertaken to investigate what contributes to having an ‘adaptive capacity’ and how it can be developed in populations susceptible to experiencing suddenly-occurring, damaging hazard events. In Hawke’s Bay alone there have been seven studies that have been undertaken to help understand resilience, and determine how resilience can be developed in individuals and communities. GNS Science was engaged to undertake a review of resilience and current public education, communication, and resilience strategies in the Hawke’s Bay. As part of this review they summarised the main factors that contribute to individual and community resilience, provided a ‘state of the nation’ report on resilience in Hawke’s Bay, and provided recommendations for how to further develop resilience in the region. An evaluation was also undertaken of current activities that are already taking place that may contribute to resilience (e.g. communication, public education, engagement). Recommendations were provided on future potential activities that could be employed to build resilience, as well as on how these could be accommodated within organisational structures. (auth)