Assessing long-term socioeconomic adaptation strategies to extreme events in Europe

Hochrainer-Stigler S & Mechler R (2008). Assessing long-term socioeconomic adaptation strategies to extreme events in Europe. In: Proceedings, Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. Long-Term Policies: Governing Social-Ecological Change, 22-23 February 2008.

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Abstract

Natural disaster losses seem to exhibit a rising trend. In Europe extreme events already cause huge financial losses and put a heavy burden on people, business and the public sector. There is a growing concern that losses and impacts due to extreme events could strongly increase in the future due to global and climatic changes. As one means to address these concerns, the European Commission is funding the research project ADAM (Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies: Supporting European Climate Policy), which among others is suggesting and examining adaptation options (in combination with mitigation strategies) for the European Union. Our analysis focusing on extreme events and associated adaptation strategies suggests that adaptation strategies should be risk based and need to include longer-term economic costs in order to help adapt more effectively to extremes and to decrease various forms of vulnerabilities. A key aspect in our analysis is the explicit consideration of several forms of uncertainty. The paper focuses on the public sector (central government) and the way various adaptation strategies impact on direct (immediate) and indirect (longer-term) extreme event risk. Adaptation measures discussed include structural risk reduction measures, financial instruments as well as other policies such as land use planning. Furthermore, we discuss the science-policy interface for translating complex relationships to stakeholders. As one important example, national and European wide disaster financing strategies, for example the European Solidarity fund, are examined.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Research Programs: Risk and Vulnerability (RAV)
Bibliographic Reference: In:; Proceedings, Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. Long-Term Policies: Governing Social-Ecological Change; 22-23 February 2008, Berlin, Germany
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Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:41
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2016 16:45
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/8726

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