Description/achievement of initiative
The Ecological Sequestration Trust has been established to accelerate transformative, resilient development. We have brought together leading modellers and sector experts to create resilience.io and pioneer the Collaborative - Human - Ecological - Economics - Resource systems (CHEER) approach to delivery of the Global Goals.
resilience.io is an open-source, cloud-based platform, which gathers earth observation, government and crowd-sourced economic, social and environmental data. Backed by an advanced systems model, resilience.io integrates human-ecological-economic systems and calculates the current resource flows from economic, human and ecological activity and the impact on human well-being. Resilience.io can be used to visualise and predict the outcome of scenarios which results in better planning and decision-making for a achieving transformation to a more resilient city-region.
1. Inaugural workshop and targeted meetings with academic institutions, national and local government, leading private sector service delivery and infrastructure companies, financiers and local community representatives especially the most in need.
2. Establishment of independent cross-sector Collaboratory and capacity building activities across various insitutions
3. Development of local instance of resilience.io model and CHEER platform
4. Set up of UDIF and RIIF
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Open source - development approach
Capacity building with partners such as 100RC, C40, UNCDF, SIF-IISS and collaborative networks GEO, UCCRN and ICSU Future Earth
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
An independent and impartial Collaboratory (collaborative laboratory for the development of collective intelligence) will be established in each city-region of operation, comprised of leading experts from across sectors, including academic, government, private and community. The Collaboratory will become the centre of excellence for interpretation of results from the resilience.io model, synthesising the findings of sector experts who deeply interrogate the sectoral data and information and discussing the scenario outcomes prior to developmental decisions being made. The Collaboratory will perform a shared principal, shared vision, and shared goal liaison function that places people and planet at the centre of development and be established under a social enterprise governance structure.
The group will act as a conduit between national and local government, between private sector and municipal contractors and as voice pieces for citizens across all sectors to speed up the effectiveness to mobilize, redirect and unlock the transformative power of urbanization and cities that can be supported by trillions of dollars of private resources to deliver relevant sustainable development objectives in urban areas. Members will ensure that investment in city infrastructure and service delivery is made according to the the best possible ecological, social and economic (ESE value) assessment criteria decided upon by the associated Urban Development and Investment Fund (UDIF) for each city-region. The UDIF can include finance for climate adaptation, green growth, social impact and bonds on risk assessed assets. A new commercial funding model, Resilience Implementation Investment Fund (RIIF), has been designed to provide grant funding to urban areas to provide tools, training, data collection, setting up a land registry cadastre and a UDIF.
Local instances of the resilience.io model will be established in academic institutions, responsible for collation, verification and uploading / linking data and information used for scenarios. The academic institution will be represented on the Collaboratory, establish local learning programs for city planners and academic research programs for academics able to use and interpret the resilience.io model in depth. A gaming version will be developed for schools.
The Ecological Sequestration Trust (The Trust) the lead Partner for this project is leading the development and deployment of the resilience.io human, ecological, economics urban systems model to support low-carbon, resource-efficient and resilient development.
Imperial College London (ICL) and the Institute for Integrated Economic Research (IIER) together form a world leading team of integrated systems modellers. Part of this team led the Urban Energy Systems Project, have designed the resilience.io platform software and are now working with The Trust to build and test the platform alongside the Institute for Integrated Economic Research (IIER). ICL will develop the algorithm connections between space data and city region resource economic data and advise on the requirements of integrated systems modelling on the data brokerage portal being developed by Geodan.
International Centre for Earth Simulation (ICES foundation) the International Centre for Earth Simulation are developing an earth systems modelling platform and are experts at advanced computing, data and systems modelling. We are engaging ICES to integrate satellite and local sensor data to ensure core larger scale influences are accounted for.
Geodan is a leading geo-ICT company specialising in spatial information and applying new, innovative technologies. We have are collaborating with Geodan to build cutting edge data brokerage, visualisation and graphics capabilities. Geodan have supported the EC JRC INSPIRE and GEOSS programs and are experts at data collation, standardisation and brokerage.
Future Earth Ltd., is a facilitation and engagement consultancy which unite sectors to build practical solutions to societal ecological, social and economic challenges. We are collaborating with Future Earth Ltd., to build links between academics and government/local authorities, invite the private sector to create profitable solutions with us and ensure the voice of the community is included from the outset through our solid communications expertise.