February 8th, 2017 - 3:00 pm

The Triple Dividend of Resilience – A New Business Case for Disaster Risk Management

  • Date: February 8th, 2017 - 3:00 pm
  • Location: Go-to-Webinar
  • Organized by: FEEM-ICCG
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  • Working language: English

Why aren’t we investing more in disaster resilience, despite the rising costs of disaster events? Decision-makers in governments, businesses, households, and development agencies tend to focus on avoiding losses from disasters, and perceive the return on investment as uncertain – only realised if a somewhat unlikely disaster event actually happens.

The webinar presents a new business case for Disaster Risk Management based on the multiple dividends of resilience. This looks beyond only avoided losses (the first dividend) to the wider benefits gained independently of whether or not the disaster event occurs. These include unleashing entrepreneurial activities and productive investments by lowering the looming threat of losses from disasters and enabling businesses, farmers and homeowners to take positive risks (the second dividend); and co-benefits of resilience measures beyond just disaster risk (the third dividend), such as flood embankments in Bangladesh that double as roads, or wetlands in Colombo that reduce urban heat extremes. The discussion will also reflect on recent efforts to build a stronger business case for resilience in the private sector including the insurance sector.

The webinar outlines the concept and illustrates the different dividends, based on a new book ‘Realising the Triple Dividend of Resilience’ (The book and project has been funded by the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).

  • Speakers
    • Swenja Surminski

      Swenja Surminski is a Senior Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, part of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE, where she works as Programme Leader for the ‘climate risk, insurance and private sector’ work-stream at the institute, overseeing research projects from a multi-disciplinary field. Her research focuses on climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction with a special interest in the role of the private sector. The geographic scope of her works spans from the United Kingdom across the European Union to developing countries. Swenja has published widely, is contributing author to the IPCC, and works closely with industry and policy makers at a global level, in a developing country context, across the EU and within the UK. In addition to her academic career Swenja spent more than ten years in the insurance industry working on climate and risks management, including roles at Munich Re, Marsh Mc Lennon and the Association of British Insurers.

  • Introduced by
    • Elisa Calliari

      Elisa Calliari holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in International Sciences and Diplomatic Relations from the University of Trieste (Gorizia Campus), where she graduated in 2010 with a thesis on Environmental Accounting. In 2011, she also obtained a Master in Environmental and Energy Economics and Management from Bocconi University. During her studies, she collaborated with the General Consulate of Italy in Barcelona within the Public Relation Office (2008) and with the Emigration and International Cooperation Office of the Trento Province (2010).

      She joined FEEM in 2011 and started her collaboration with the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change in 2013, working on several international projects on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Within ICCG, she follows the topic of Loss and Damage associated with climate change impacts and its evolution within UNFCCC negotiations.

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