CRJ 17:2 Out now!
The June edition of the CRJ is now available online. Hard copies will be mailed out this week and all subscribers can log in and read the digital edition through the CRJ website.
This edition, we look at climate, the environment and hazards, leadership and security, as well as an in depth focus on Ukraine.
In our Climate & Resilience feature cover story, Luavut Zahid investigates the complex dynamics between the fashion industry, climate change and environmental damage in Pakistan. Claire Sanders summarises the salient points from the UN report, Frontiers 2022: Noise, Blazes and Mismatches.
Continuing the feature, Dr Christine Jessup poses the question: “If we know that climate change is happening, that extreme events are more likely, that different responses are required, and if we don’t want repeated tragedy and social dislocation, are we prepared to think innovatively about future mitigation, discovering solutions that offer better safety and security?” This is followed by Christopher Berry’s exploration of how technology can give communities the tools they need to fine-tune their response processes in order to protect themselves. Rosie Joseph and Joerg Szarzynski provide details of a new bottle filter solution that has the potential to improve public health in Haiti.
“It’s clear from everything we heard that we need to have a frank and honest debate about the current state of resilience in the UK and what needs to be done to build better, true resilience for the world we are moving into,” says Bruce Mann, who discusses the National Preparedness Commission’s independent review of the Civil Contingencies Act and its supporting arrangements. This is followed by Eric McNulty’s article that poses the question: “How will public safety agencies and the communities they serve deal with a world where adverse incidents overwhelm the capacity to respond effectively?” Next, Emily Hough reviews Stolen Focus, written by Johann Hari.
Eric McNulty writes about the limitations of response, and trends for the future
Emily Hough reviews 'Stolen Focus' by Johann Hari
We also report on a large earthquake exercise held in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and provide and update on acceleration of the Sendai Framework implementation.
Turning to leadership: “Given the urgency of what must be accepted and enacted, we must concentrate creatively on those leaders and organisations that are willing to stay alive and proceed with them at speed. The stakes are so high that, sadly, a sort of triage cannot be avoided,” conclude Patrick Lagadec and Dr Matthieu Langlois in their article, ‘Business discontinuity’. Danyetta Fleming Magana and Javeria Ayaz Malik provide a female perspective on crisis leadership and Brad Borkan shares lessons learned from the explorer Ernest Shackleton, while Andrew B Brown looks at our ability to make critical decisions in the heat of a crisis.
Andrew Marshall lists the many advantages of building external observation into business continuity exercises and CRJ Key Network Partner, the EPS, announces the launch of its new student network.
Inviting external observers to your exercises can pay great dividends, says Andy Marshall
The edition moves on to events in Ukraine. Dan Kaine describes some of the unintended consequences arising from the influx of aid and people wanting to help, followed by Stefan Flothmann’s exploration of the science behind how crises affect our mindsets, with particular reference to conflict.
With regard to refugees, says Mark Chapple, a verifiable identity is essential in order to verify their status to travel, support claims to housing and education, professional competency, employment and repatriation. A verifiable identity is also important to: “Week justice and for war crimes investigators to find them.” Boguslawa Motylska outlines how the real estate sector in Poland has stepped up to help house refugees and Claire Hoyland looks at the aid that UK fire and rescue services have provided to Ukraine.
Andy Blackwell examines the broader implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, listing key areas for security, risk and resilience managers and Cvete Koneska provides analysis on how businesses must prepare for long-lasting effects of the conflict. This is followed by Lyndon Bird, who discusses the supply chain impacts of this war.
“Deny everything! The battle for the narrative in Ukraine,” is the headline of Orjan Nordhus Karlsson’s examination of the online propaganda battle. This is followed by Conor Ohalloran’s analysis that says: “Russia implements co-ordinated measures to justify its military action, obfuscate motivations and disseminate narratives in a bid to evade the exposure of Russian war crimes.”
Turning towards cyber security, Philip Galindo investigates crisis preparedness and planning in today’s age of infrastructure attacks and failures and Jeffrey Crump looks at the salient points of a new EU directive aimed at improving cyber resilience.
Our feature on Nigeria is guest edited by Uwem Robert, who provides an introduction to preparedness, resilience and planning, followed by Chidi Ohuka’s examination of the violent clashes between farmers and herders. John Paul Robert looks at solutions to the problems of bunkering, soot wars and environmental degradation caused by oil theft, and Uwem Robert closes the feature with ideas as to the way forward for emergency management in Nigeria.
Our events pages review the EENA Conference, announce news from Major Events International and outline the multiple benefits of attending Critical Communications World, which takes place in Austria this June (see diary dates for details).
To round off the edition, Burcak Busbug speaks to Alper Agir from the Danish Refugee Council about his work with Syrian refugee communities in Turkey.
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