Understanding risk: The evolution of disaster risk assessment since 2005

This publication provides insight into the potential richness and range of risk assessment approaches and their capacity to meet a variety of purposes and contexts within the same overarching framework. It is aimed at government officials, donors, and nongovernmental organisations considering investment in the development of risk information. For scientists, engineers, and others producing risk information, the publication highlights some of the challenges in understanding risk.

This publication outlines recommendations for those commissioning and using risk information:

  • Clearly define the purpose of the risk assessment before analysis starts.
  • Promote and enable ownership of the risk assessment process and efforts to mitigate risk.
  • Cultivate and promote the generation and use of open data.

It also offers recommendations for those producing risk information:

  • Understand, quantify and communicate the uncertainties and limitations of risk information. 
  • Ensure that risk information is credible and transparent.
  • Encourage innovations in open source software.

This document is a background document of the 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction.

251 p.


Information Management, Advocacy & Media, Risk Identification & Assessment, Governance
The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction took place in 2015 The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction took place in 2015.
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