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IWP Research Seminar

Policy decision for extreme events

Building resilience to extreme events is very complex. It involves consideration of climatic and non-climatic factors, human and natural environments and their dynamics, and governance systems that include groups with wide-ranging authorities, influence and interests. In the study discussed, we analyse the effects of the latest multi-year drought (2011-2016) in agricultural production in California; impacts on food security; and coping responses of several actors. We found that despite the drought, this did not affect food security. We also found that these results were strongly influenced by the numerous policy, regulatory, institutional, and management decision staken at the local, state and federal levels, as well as to availability of groundwater, the primary drought reserve. The California case can be considered an example for the rest of the country, and the world, that extreme events require extraordinary preparedness and response measures just to cope with them, not to mention adapting to them, and that building resilience is a long-term process.
Seminar Room 3-5,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469E Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772
Mon 6 November 2017
12:15 PM - 01:30 PM

Dr Cecilia Tortajada

Dr Cecilia Tortajada

Senior Research Fellow

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Olivia Jensen

Olivia Jensen

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

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