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Developing a Swedish national strategy for disaster risk reduction – new LUCSUS research project 

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Christine Wamsler, Professor at LUCSUS, has been commissioned by The Swedish Civil Contingency Agency (MSB) to conduct a research project on the potential of developing a Swedish national strategy for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience.

– The research project is very timely. Wide-spread impacts and losses from hazards, such as floods, heat waves, drought and landslides have triggered a new focus on DDR to support societal resilience, Christine Wamsler says.

She notes that the increasing understanding of the need to address the underlying root causes of these hazards, their impacts and losses, has led to increasing calls for strengthening the coherence between DRR, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development. It has also prompted international efforts, such as the Sendai Framework for DRR, to promote such coherence across related strategies at national and local levels.

Accordingly, the new research project aims to support the Swedish government in their efforts to implement the international Sendai Framework and, more specifically, its global goal aimed at developing and implementing national and local strategies for DRR and resilience. The specific project aim is to provide knowledge and recommendations for related decision-making processes in Sweden. 

About the research project

The research aims to support the Swedish government in their efforts to implement the Sendai Framework and, more specifically, its global goal aimed at developing and implementing national and local strategies for DRR and resilience. The specific goal is to provide knowledge and recommendations for related decision-making processes.

Funding organisation and timeline 
The Swedish Civil Contingency Agency (MSB), 2018-2019

To the project Developing national and local risk reduction and resilience strategies

About the researcher

 

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Christine Wamsler is Professor at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Research Fellow at the Centre of Natural Disaster Science (CNDS), Associate of Lund University Centre for Risk Assessment and Management (LUCRAM), and Honorary Fellow of the Global Urbanism Research Group, Global Development Institute (GDI) of the University of Manchester, UK.

She is an expert in sustainable urban development, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction with more than 20 years of working experience, both in theory and practice.

Christine Wamsler's personal page

Climate Change & Resilience

This research falls under LUCSUS' research theme Climate Change & Resilience