River Resilience

What is River Resilience?

The capacity of a river system and its associated communities to quickly recover from disturbances, adapt to changes without collapsing, and to transform through innovation and implementation of resilience strategies.

Resilience is a new way of thinking

Resilience has traditionally been considered to be the ability of a system to resist change and then recover from disturbances. The pace of change has been accelerating and the almost constant disturbance regimes that rivers are facing has created a need for resilience.

River Resilience Attributes

The key to the Resilient Rivers Blueprint is to map out a path toward river resilience, regardless of where you are on the resilient rivers journey. There are various strategies and actions that can be employed to build river resilience. The resilience attributes (pictured left) that have been identified as being essential for building river resilience.