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Often the most cost-effective solutions to disaster risk are the ones available to communities prior to a disaster to protect against a loss occurring in the first place. Yet cities around the world are struggling to fund even basic infrastructure projects, let alone more complex investments in resilient systems. This paper offers a new approach for systematically linking catastrophe bonds and conventional project finance to support large-scale resilience projects. This report outlines why catastrophe models are key to measuring resilience, how to reshape catastrophe bonds as resilience bonds, and how governments can leverage insurance for resilience.
Cities and communities around the world are struggling to finance and replace aging, failing, or inadequate infrastructure systems. This report offers a new framework for bridging the gap between the growing consensus that it is necessary to build resilient infrastructure and the lack of public and private sector interest in expanding infrastructure investment. In particular, the RE.invest Initiative tackled the problem by reimagining civic infrastructure systems in a way that creates both public value and private investment opportunities, especially for vulnerable communities.
Many cities across the United States are home to legacy infrastructure systems. These older water, transportation, and communications systems are not only poorly suited to current needs, but they are also nearing the end of their usable lives after decades of underinvestment and deferred maintenance. In the coming years, more cities and utilities will inevitably be confronted with a stark choice: continue to do short-term fixes or find the resources to make major upgrades and replacements. Local procurement processes have the potential to either enable this transition or hinder it completely. This toolkit helps city and utility officials make critical early stage procurement decisions for water and resilience challenges for the specific problem the city is addressing, its available resources, and its local capacity for implementation.
Governments are typically “insurers of last resort.” When disaster strikes, vulnerable communities turn to government agencies for support and recovery assistance. More recently, as the frequency and severity of different types of disasters have grown, the gap between insured losses and total economic losses has also grown. As a result, many local, state, and national government agencies have found themselves struggling to meet existing needs with current taxpayer dollars, and unable to fund unpredictable crises. This report provides assistance to local stakeholders to improve communities’ physical and financial resilience to natural disasters; specifically, the examples and recommendations in this report are designed to help public officials explore how resilience bonds can support their financial priorities, mobilize capital for diverse on-the-ground risk reduction projects, and enable government agencies to leverage both public funds and private finance for new resilience solutions.