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Climate Risk Assessment for Ecosystem-based Adaptation
The recently published “Climate Risk Assessment for Ecosystem-based Adaptation – A Guidebook for Planners and Practitioners” assists decision makers to design and implement climate risk assessments in the context of ecosystem-based adaptation projects (EbA).

EbA addresses the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall adaptation strategy to help society to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. The approach is recognised as cost-effective and generates social, economic, health and cultural co-benefits while contributing to the conservation of biodiversity. In recent years, EbA measures have been increasingly promoted to aid people to adapt to climate change and reduce climate-related disaster risk.

The guidebook, developed by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) in collaboration with Eurac Research and United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), provides a standardised approach to assess risks within social-ecological systems by following the methodology of the GIZ vulnerability sourcebook (GIZ 2014) and its Risk Supplement (GIZ and EURAC 2017). Using river basin and coastal zone management as application examples, the guide suggests improvements to adaptation planning by considering both ecosystem-based and conventional options in the form of integrated ‘adaptation packages’. 

Targeted to governmental and non-governmental organisations the guidebook can support the planning of adaptation, disaster risk reduction and development measures by providing a standardised methodology for assessing climate risks in the context of EbA and by demonstrating the potential co-benefits of EbA based on direct and indirect linkages to other sectors. 

For more information: kathrin.renner@eurac.edu
Dealing with Cases of Overload and Residual Risk in the Alpine Region
Eurac Research is pleased to announce the launch of the policy paper, “Beyond the Expected: Dealing with Cases of Overload and the Residual Risk of Natural Hazards in the Alpine Region”. The policy paper is the result of a one-year study carried out by Eurac Research and supported by the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) Action Group 8. The study investigated the concepts of residual risk and cases of overload and their current consideration in Alpine risk governance of natural hazards.
“Residual risk” is considered to be the risk of loss and damages from a natural hazard that remains even after the implementation of protection measures. Cases of overload refer to events that exceed the capacities of existing protection measures and that have the potential to cause damage to people and goods. Despite significant investments in protection measures against natural hazards in recent years, natural hazard events still cause heavy damage in the Alpine Region. According to many experts, these destructive natural hazard events are likely to increase in the future. 
The 12-page policy-paper, available in English and in German, aims to raise awareness of residual risk and cases of overload in the context of natural hazards in the Alps. It informs decision-makers and the general public about concepts related to these terms and highlights their importance to risk governance in the Alpine region. Moreover, nine concrete recommendations and related good practice examples offer ideas for future activities that could help improve risk governance of natural hazards in Alpine countries.

Fore more information: soenke.hartmann@eurac.edu

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