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ENHANCE Enhancing risk management partnerships for catastrophic natural hazards in Europe


ENHANCE aims at developing and analysing new ways to enhance society’s resilience to catastrophic natural hazard impacts. For this, the project develops new multi-sector partnerships (MSPs) between public and private sectors, with an important role for the financial sector (e.g. insurers). The hazards are related to heat waves, forest fires, flood, drought, storm surge, and volcanic eruptions.

The project delivers:
New risk based scenarios of hazards and socio-economic trends in collaboration with stakeholders in 10 case studies.
Concepts for new multi-sector partnerships that reduce or redistribute risks.
Policy Recommendations, with support from our key partner UNISDR

Describe indicators for successful (and unsuccessful) partnerships in improving resilience, and identify processes for fostering novel MSPs;
Provide methods and guidelines for a harmonised scheme for risk assessment and scenarios through an inventory of existing risk information, and by developing new methods and scenarios for (low-) probability risk assessment in collaboration with MSPs;
Describe and test through case studies which concepts of economic instruments, including insurance and risk management policies, work for MSPs;
Provide guidelines and policy recommendations for the horizontal integration of risk management and climate-proofing in policies.

Expected Results:
Harmonised dynamic scenarios of vulnerability, exposure, and hazard at the pan-European scale, using existing information and new probabilistic approaches for multi-hazards, heat-waves, forest fires, floods, droughts, storm surges, and volcanic eruptions;
Guidelines and key features for enhancing MSP interaction in successful resilience enhancement and risk reduction. These will be pre-tested via participatory workshops on risk-based scenarios;
Methods for linking MSPs to novel scientific risk scenarios and assessments;
A toolbox of economic instruments and non-structural mitigation measures for assessing risk and increasing societal resilience. Developed in a participatory manner, these will be applicable at national, regional, and local levels; and
Policy recommendations to the EU and the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) signatories delivered through a dissemination platform for enhancing resilience that encompasses all levels from governments to local communities.

Project information


Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam - NL


Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam - NL
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei - IT
Helmholtz- Zentrum Geesthacht, Zentrum für Material-und Küstenforschung - DE
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis - AT
London School of Economics and Political Science - UK
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - CH
Université catholique de Louvain - BE
European Business and Innovation Centre Network / ARCTIK - BE
Instituto de Ingeniería del Agua y Medio Ambiente, Universitat Politècnica de València - ES
Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford - UK
HKV Consultants - NL
Joint Research Centre, European Commission - EU
Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa - PT
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucaresti - RO
University of Iceland - IS
Institute for Earth and Environmental Science, Universitaet Potsdam - DE
ClimateWise - UK
Willis Research Network - UK
Empresa Mixta Valenciana de Aguas S.A. - ES
OpenTrack Railway Technology Gmbh - AT
Perspectives GmbH - DE
Agenzia Regionale Prevenzione e Ambiente dell’ Emilia-Romagna - IT
Wadden Sea Forum e.V. - DE
Metacortex S.A. – PT

Source of funding

EU FP7 - grant agreement No 308438

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