Infrastructure construction projects includes bridges, power and energy infrastructures, roads, railways, airports, water infrastructures and dams, waste management plants and other development projects. Infrastructure projects have a long life cycle, which includes the phase of maintenance and operation. The projects deals with significant organisational issues, resource management issues, technological and financial issues. Environmental variables, such as macroeconomic conditions or political considerations in the nation, can have a significant impact on such initiatives. Because of all of these factors, the project's risk and opportunity are crucial and must be recognised and examined before any choice is made. The key topic areas that govern GCRS's activities are as follows:
To allow the incorporation of catastrophe and climate resilience principles in all infrastructure projects, governance and regulatory mechanisms must be developed. Infrastructure investment, growth, sustainability, resilience, and inclusion are all driven by governance quality. GCRS will identify risk governance aspects that increase infrastructure resilience. It will look at new ideas and techniques for bridging the information, policy, and fiscal gaps that exist at different levels of government. It will determine the best incentive mechanisms and regulatory measures for increasing demand for disaster-resistant infrastructure. GCRS will take advantage of possibilities to collaborate with the business sector on disaster-resilient infrastructure.
Risk management is critical for identifying and assessing risk and opportunity events throughout a project’s life cycle. In order to build resilient strategies, it is necessary to first understand and measure catastrophe risk to infrastructure systems. GCRS will endeavour to identify the most serious risks posed by natural disasters, analyse the possible consequences, and develop resilience plans to reduce risk in infrastructure sectors. Across geographies, it will conduct sector-specific as well as national risk and resilience assessments.
Capacity building for context-specific knowledge and a stronger emphasis on its practical implementation, including pre-disaster preparedness and post-disaster restoration, are required to reduce natural hazard-induced damages to vital infrastructure and interruption of essential services. Because infrastructure development involves many stakeholders, it is vital to raise awareness and create capacity through training programmes that target each type of stakeholder at the global, national, and local levels. The goal of GCRS is to give solid, evidence-based advice on building capacity to make infrastructure catastrophe and climate resilient.
Breakthrough inventions and the adoption of new technology may be our salvation as we face unprecedented difficulties from severe calamities. Applications of augmented reality, GIS, GPS, drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, advanced materials, computer assisted design, big data, Internet of things (IOT), machine learning, data mining, block chain, and other technologies are currently being developed. Despite the existence of multiple such ideas, their uptake in practise is limited. GCRS's goal is to provide a platform that collects and disseminates information on such improvements to the resilient infrastructure community throughout the world. GCRS also aspires to support new technology development and acceptance by collaborating with governments. It will build and use its network of innovation hubs, knowledge partners, and technology users over time to establish an ecosystem of resilience-building innovations.
The importance of community engagement and infrastructure services is becoming more generally recognised across the world. GCRS hopes to gain a better understanding of community needs for disaster-resistant infrastructure through interacting with vulnerable populations. It will work with community-based infrastructure providers to improve disaster resilience. By focusing on inclusion, gender sensitivity, engagement, and capacity building, GCRS hopes to tap into indigenous knowledge and decrease inequities in disaster infrastructure provision.