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ISO 22372 Security and resilience — Resilient infrastructure — Guidelines

This project will result in an International Standard that provides guidelines for developing, implementing, monitoring, and improving infrastructure resilience. It will help governments, regulators, operators, investors, designers and contractors and service providers to work together to help ensure the continuity and effective outcomes of critical services.

Today, more people than ever are dependent on the services delivered by infrastructure systems, covering energy, transport, water, wastewater, waste, and digital communications. Social infrastructures, such as health and social care, education, public security, fire, and emergency services, rely on these critical services. There is a need to strengthen the resiliency of our national infrastructure systems as these systems and the services they provide are increasingly affected by natural and man-made hazards, including the impacts of climate change.

Liz Varga, Professor of Complex Systems at University College of London (United Kingdom) is the Project Leader, and she explains the need for such guidance,

“The current approach to infrastructure planning, financing, design, development, operations, and decommissioning, does not fully take into account either the interdependent nature of infrastructure and services, or the increasingly complex nature of risks and the cascading impacts that a disaster can have across the whole infrastructure system. This new standard will set a common basic understanding and approach to “Think Resilient Infrastructure,” encouraging a more comprehensive way of looking at risks and interlinkages, adaptable to specific national risks to resilience.”