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With growing cultural diversity, the public has greater access to a number of different approaches to building resilience, with the aim of creating a community that is knowleable and healthy. It is something that can be built using approaches that make sense within each culture and tailored to each individual.

A healthy and resilient community is knowlegeable with the ability to assess, manage, and monitor its risks. It can learn new skills and build on past experiences.
It is ...
1. ... connected. It has relationships with external actors (family friends, faith groups, government) and (so strong sense of community cohesion )who provide a wider supportive environment, and supply goods and services when needed, on a long term predictable basis.
2. ...organized. It has the capacity to identify problems, establish priorities, and act.3. ... has infrastructure and services. It has strong housing, transport, power, water, and sanitation systems. It has the ability to maintain, repair, and renovate them.4. ... has economic opportunities. It has a diverse range of employment opportunities, income and financial services. It is flexible, resourceful and has the capacity to accept uncertainty and respond (proactively) to change.5. ... can manage its natural assets. It recognizes their value and has the ability to protect, enhance and maintain them.6. .... has strong local leaders It confirms that grassroots leadership is a specific and distinct form of leadership in communities.