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WED5.2: Improved Risk information to support sound policy/decision making processes – The UNDP’s Global Risk Identification Programme, GRIP’s experience
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Improved Risk information to support sound policy/decision making processes – The UNDP’s Global Risk Identification Programme, GRIP’s experience
1UNDP-BCPR; 2UNDP-GRIP; 3Government Baja California State, Mexico; 4CRED; 5GRIP-CERAM Shanghai; 6NSET-Nepal
While there are many disaster risk assessments being carried out at different levels and using different approaches, it is not completely clear how effectively risk assessment results are incorporated in decision making processes. In many cases, risk assessments produce reports, maps and other rather technical outputs that remain unused or not clearly understood by the potential end-users of those results. In the meantime, countries, cities, communities, sectors are making decisions and investing resources in Disaster Risk Management Initiatives and Developing Planning and Investment without a proper understanding of the associated risks or not having an evidence-based strategy that guides their decisions. As a result, as shown by annual statistics on disaster losses, very little progress is being made in reducing the negative impact of natural extreme events on communities and their development. To address this issue, Risk Assessment must be an integral part of the decision making process at every stage: understanding the problem, planning the solutions, monitoring progress and evaluating impact to make the necessary corrections to the adopted plans and strategies. How to achieve this? What is the type of information that risk assessments should produce to be useful to end users’ decision making processes? How to engage end users from the very beginning of risk assessment processes to ensure validity, relevance and applicability of the results? UNDP’s Global Risk Identification Programme (GRIP) and several of its partners would like to share their field experiences at country level on their efforts to ensure effective integration of risk assessment in decision/policy making processes.