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Developing national and local risk reduction and resilience strategies

Project leader
Christine Wamsler, Professor at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS)

Project summary
Wide-spread impacts and losses from hazards, such as floods, heat waves, drought, earthquakes and landslides, and an increasing understanding of the need to address their underlying root causes has triggered a new focus on  disaster risk reduction (DRR) to support societal resilience. It has also led to increasing calls for coherence between strategies that focus on DRR, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development. This has prompted international efforts, such as the Sendai Framework for DRR to promote such coherence also at national and local levels.

Against this background, this 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. Focus is here on i) analysing how current DRR work and related indicators at different levels relate to existing strategies in Sweden, ii) identifying policy coherence across the Sendai Framework, Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and iii) learning from other European countries' approaches and processes for developing and implementing DRR and resilience strategies.

The methodology includes i) a literature review involving relevant policy documents, reports, guidelines and articles, and ii) interviews aimed at systematising and analysing current approaches, knowledge and experiences from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Swedish authorities and other organisations that actively work with issues related to the Sendai Framework, Agenda 2030 and/or the Paris Agreement at different levels.

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

Project partners
Åse Johannessen (post-doc) and Peter Månsson (PhD candidate), Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety

Sendai Framework, Agenda 2030, SDGs, Paris agreement, disaster risk reduction, disaster risk management, climate change, climate change adaptation, sustainability, sustainable development, policy coherence, national strategies, local strategies, resilience, environmental policy integration, policy mainstreaming.

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Source: Aftonbladet

Source: Aftonbladet 31/08/2014, Malmö, Sweden

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