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Jim Jarvie

Jim Jarvie is Mercy Corps’ Network Director and leads the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN). The ACCCRN network supports Urban Climate Change Resilience practitioners to influence agendas, create knowledge that drives change, and access resources building inclusive and equitable urban resilience across Asia. Dr Jarvie previously led development of Mercy Corps’ global programs in climate change and environment, focusing on SE Asia. He is a biologist with 20 years of experience in Southeast Asia, previously working on natural resource management, conservation and conflict; ethical timber trading; and protected area design.

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What is Resilience?

Put simply resilience is the ability of a system to absorb shock and carry on performing the function that it was designed to do. The system can be anything from global supply chains to individual houses, from transport networks to local allotments. Resilience is a response to the realisation that we have designed our world to work well, so long as nothing changes very much. Our trains run unless there is bad weather, our energy supplies are secure unless there is an earthquake and our communities hang together until there is cause to riot.

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