2016 Risk & Resilience Program News

Latest news from the Risk & Resilience Program

24 November 2016
Successful round of workshops in Jordan

RISK researchers successfully facilitated a set of stakeholder workshops on conflict sensitivity of electricity generation.  More

04 November 2016
Informing action on a historic climate agreement

The Paris Agreement on climate change goes into effect today, but while the agreement set ambitious targets for tackling climate change, scientists say there is a long way to go to achieve it. Research suggests pathways to get the world on track.  More

21 October 2016
Risk analysis for common ground on climate loss and damage

The Paris Agreement included groundbreaking text on the need for a mechanism to help identify risks beyond adaptation and support the victims of climate-related loss and damage—but how exactly it will work remains unclear. New IIASA research lends insight to policymakers on how to move forward.  More

29 August 2016
Flood resilience portal launched

During World Water Week, an international partnership on flood resilience, including IIASA researchers, is launching an online Flood Resilience Portal to provide essential information and practical solutions for flooding around the world.  More

24 August 2016
Loss and Damage a key topic at this year's UNFCCC's Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance

RISK's Deputy Director, Reinhard Mechler, is to contribute to discussions on the use of financial instruments in dealing with the risks of loss and damage.  More

07 June 2016
Loss and Damage session held at Adaptation Futures Conference 2016 in Rotterdam

Members from IIASA’s RISK program co-organized a session on Loss and Damage at the Adaptation Futures Conference, held this year in Rotterdam, addressing the theme, “Options and opportunities for the Loss and Damage Mechanism: Understanding the roles of risk management, finance and climate justice.”  More

07 June 2016
Side Event of the Loss and Damage Network at the Bonn Climate Change Conference

Reinhard Mechler with Colin McQuistan of the NGO Practical Action co-organized a side event of the Loss and Damage Network at the 2016 UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Bonn.  More

22 April 2016
2016 Climate Change Center Austria Young Scientists Award goes to IIASA Research Scholar

RISK research Scholar, Thomas Schinko, has received the 2016 Climate Change Center Austria (CCCA) Young Scientists Award for his co-authored paper looking into the operationalization of iterative climate risk management in order to exploit the synergies of climate adaptation and disaster risk management.  More

18 April 2016
Multiple perspectives for better risk management

A study of landslide risk in Italy engaged citizens and experts in new ways, to generate solutions that everyone can stand behind.  More

05 April 2016
IIASA appointed onto GADRI Board of Directors

IIASA is pleased to be one of the ten global institutes appointed onto the GADRI (Global Alliance of Disaster Risk Institutes) Board of Directors. Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler, senior research scholar for the Risk and Resilience Program, represented IIASA at the board’s first meeting in Kyoto last month (22-23 March). The meeting was hosted by the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, GADRI’s current Secretariat.  More

24 March 2016
Insurance for an uncertain climate

The application of insurance as a mechanism to help vulnerable people adapt to the impacts of climate change is gaining international support. Experts support the idea but warn of potential problems.  More

02 February 2016
IIASA at Understanding Risk Austria Conference

Representing IIASA in a panel discussion on ‘Risk at the Local Level’ (Riskio auf Gemeindeebene), RISK Deputy Director Reinhard Mechler presented insight gained from recent work conducted by the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance using the Post-Event Review Capability (PERC) approach.  More

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Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer

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Risk and Resilience


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Deputy Program Director

Risk and Resilience

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