Building and managing the resilience of a historic area is a highly complex, iterative process with many steps that involves several different topics, from setting up the organisational structure at area or municipal level, to identifying relevant monetary streams to fund resilience measures, to making sure the local community is sufficiently involved in the resilience building process, to ensuring a smooth disaster response and reconstruction process (find out more about the resilience buiding process here).
To support practitioners from municipal administrations, service providers, policy makers, and other local and regional actors with the resilience building process, ARCH has developed several tools that you will find below. In addition, ARCH has identified a number of other helpful resources, including from its sister projects SHELTER and HYPERION, that can help to ease the resilience building process or provide helpful information and examples on resilience building in different contexts.
The Historic Area Information Management System HArIS and the Threats and Hazard Information Management System THIS are web-based geo-information dashboards that allow to explore data about the condition of historic areas as well as information about past, current, and future hazards. These dashboards enable the identification of relevant information for deciding on the scope and resolution of risk and resilience assessments, support the calculation of risk indexes, and monitor the condition of historic areas. HArIS and THIS are bundled together in and can be access via the ARCH Portal.
The ARCH Decision support system ARCH DSS is a collection of risk evaluation dashboards that use the information provided by HArIS and THIS for indicator-based vulnerability and risk assessments of historic areas under different hazard scenarios (historic, future, and artificial). They support the identification and assessment of resilience measures and strategies as well as risk monitoring.
The risk information dashboards are developed to the specific needs of each individual historic area.
The Resilience Measures Inventory RMI is a database of over 200 measures that can support building-up local heritage resilience. It is design to help with the identification and comparison of individual measures (e.g. in terms of co-benefits, implementation scale, adressed hazards, or disaster risk management phase in which a measure can be applied).
The RMI contains mainly measures to address flooding, extreme heat and heatwaves, drought and water scarcity, as well as earthquakes, but it also contains a few measures addressing landslides, soil erosion and biological activity.
The Resilience Pathway Visualisation Tool RPVT is a web-based tool that allows to visually construct implementation pathways for resilience measures, i.e. which resilience measures have to be implemented in which sequence to raise the resilience to a certain level until a certain time. It also allows to assess and compare alternative resilience pathways.
The ARCH Resilience Assessment Dashboard RAD is an online self-assessment tool in the form of a questionnaire covering various aspects of resilience including climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and heritage management. It allows to assess the current resilience level of a historic area and enables users to monitor the resilience building process over time as well as to formulate action plans for countermeasures and improvements. The ARCH RAD is specifically designed as a multi-stakeholder tool to combine efforts of practitioners from municipal administrations, service providers, policy makers, and other local and regional stakeholders in resilience assessment and improvement.
In addition to the more technical tools above, ARCH also developed and adapted a Risk Scenario Toolbox to support with co-identification, co-prioritization, and co-development of risk scenarios. You can find more information and the supporting resources here.
Below you can find a set of helpful resources for resilience building, collected by the ARCH team. You can filter the resources according to different types (software, hardware, handbook, game, other), the steps within the ARCH Resilience Framework for which a resource might be helpful, the topics adressed by a resource (disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, heritage management, social justice), and the topic/Essential within the ARCH Resilience Assessment Dashboard for which a resource might be helpful.
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How can my resource be included in the resource hub?
If you want to include your own resource in the resource hub, please get in touch with our team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide you with a template to fill out and after a review might decide to include your resource here.