Webinar: Sea Change: Building Coastal Community Resilience in Aotearoa

When:  Oct 28, 2021 from 15:00 to 16:00 (NZ)
Associated with  New Zealand


Sea Change: Building Coastal Community Resilience in Aotearoa

3pm, Thursday 28 October

Enabling, empowering, and supporting community resilience is one of the priorities for the National Disaster Resilience Strategy of New Zealand.

This priority focuses on identifying and monitoring risks to NZ wellbeing, actions to reduce risk, and ensuring informative tools are available to assist decisions about resilience.

However, turning resilience theory into practical action has, until recently, been difficult to achieve.

Building community resilience requires a high skill level and understanding to navigate such diverse communities and complex issues. The Coastal Community Resilience Guide (CCRG) is one such approach where the process and elements of resilience are examined and implemented together.


Benefits of attending:

  • Learn practitioner insights into some challenges and opportunities based on disaster resilience building with Tāmaki Makaurau’s hazard risk communities
  • Learn how various guidelines, approaches, frameworks, and plans on coastal community resilience have ignored the implementation of all the critical aspects of resilience
  • Get to know global, regional, national, and local coastal community resilience tools
  • Get familiar with a new guidebook for building community resilience in Aotearoa


Bapon Fakhruddin, PHD, Technical Director- DRR and climate resilience

Tonkin + Taylor  

Dr Fakhruddin is an eminent hydro-meteorologist and disaster risk assessor with 19 years’ global experience in water resources and climate resilience projects. His key areas of expertise are hazards forecasting, climate and multi-hazard risk assessments and coastal community resilience.

His most high profile work is evidenced in the development of multi-hazard warning systems - including a tsunami warning system developed for Indian Ocean countries following the deadly 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. He has since designed and helped to implement climate change and disaster risk projects for more than 25 countries across Asia and the Pacific. Dr Fakhruddin has played a pivotal role in the design and implementation of multi-hazard early warning systems for floods, cyclones and tsunami, crucial to saving lives and livelihoods, while reducing property damage.

Dr Fakhruddin is currently working as a Technical Director- disaster risk and climate resilience in Tonkin + Taylor International in New Zealand and a mentor and supervisor for postgraduate study in disaster risk management in University of Auckland (UoA). He is a Steering Group of the Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF) of UNDRR. Co-Chair for the Disaster Loss DATA and Risk Interpretation and Applications (RIA) Working Group of IRDR of ISC/UNDRR. He is Co-Chair CODATA task group FAIR Data for Disaster Risk Research and Programme Board Member of GEO.

Melanie Hutton, Head of Resilience - Community & Business

Auckland Emergency Management | Tokonga Mate Ohotata o Tāmaki Makaurau

Hi, I am Melanie. I’m passionate about our natural world and how to ensure it is protected, restored and can adapt in partnership with human activity. I am skilled in community led environmental sustainability and resilience building initiatives which help us equitably and fairly adapt to climate challenges and other disasters.

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