17 October 2019 - 18 October 2019
Bundesfinanzakademie, Vienna, Austria

RISK at the symposium “Heavy rainfall – What to Do: Before, During and After”

RISK Research Scholar Thomas Schinko presented results from RESPECT, an ACRP funded project to foster the operationalization of comprehensive climate risk management at the local and national level in Austria.

© Thomas Schinko | IIASA

© Thomas Schinko | IIASA

Extreme weather events challenge our infrastructures, our economies and, in part, our livelihoods. In recent decades, an increase of such events has been observed also in developed countries such as Austria. Society and politics need to address these dangers and increase awareness and strategies towards resilience.

In Austria, especially heavy rainfall can cause dramatic damage and destroy agricultural areas, trigger local floods, mudslides and landslides. What are the experiences of those affected? What does the scientific discussion of this topic entail? Where can Austrian authorities get active and how can the members of the Austrian platform of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (ASDR Platform) help?

The symposium “Heavy rainfall – What to Do: Before, During and After: The Impact of Heavy Rain Events and the Resulting Need for Action at the Local Level” highlighted relevant expert knowledge from stakeholders in natural disaster management through workshops, lectures, interviews and a marketplace offering a platform for exchange, collaboration and involvement.

RISK Research Scholar Thomas Schinko presented results and insights gained from the RESPECT project at the marketplace where researchers from different institutions came together. The overarching aim of RESPECT was to support the operationalization of comprehensive climate risk management (CRM) in Austria and beyond by broadening the scope of the CRM framework towards a more inclusive involvement of stakeholders at different governance levels.



The event was organized by the Austrian Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ASDR) platform of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and hosted by the Understanding RISK community.

About ASDR

Based at the Austrian Central Institute of Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG), ASDR coordinates the Austrian activities of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) with partner from various sectors: federal ministries, federal states, deployment organizers, science and the private sector.

The aim of ASDR initiatives is the implementation of the United Nations Sendai Framework Program 2015-2030 in Austria through the following activities:

  • Exchanging experiences and concepts
  • Coordinating strategies of individual institutions
  • Creating synergies in the implementation of the tasks of individual participants
  • Joint measure developments for crisis intervention and prevention

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Risk and Resilience

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