Public-private partnerships for adaptation and disaster risk management (ENHANCE project)

The EU-funded ‘Enhancing risk management partnerships for catastrophic natural hazards in Europe’ (ENHANCE) has now officially ended. 

The project focused on developing and analysing new ways to enhance society’s resilience to catastrophic natural disasters. It provided new scenarios and information on disaster risk and contribute to the development of new multi-sector partnerships to reduce or redistribute risk. To find out more about the ENHANCE project visit the official website.

Swenja Surminski, Senior Research Fellow, led the private sector and insurance component of the project, collaborating with project partners, including businesses, on the sections about economic instruments and on public and private partnerships.

As part of this work Swenja led a UK case study that assessed multi-sector partnerships in London. This work was in collaboration with Professor Jim Hall at Oxford University and combined qualitative as well as quantitative assessments. The two partnerships under investigation were the UK Flood Insurance Partnership and the London Climate Change Partnership.

View a webinar which outlines the results of the ENHANCE work on insurance and the Agent-Based-Modelling case study.

Publications

Surminski, S. et.al (2016). Insurance instruments and disaster resilience in Europe – insights from the Enhance project. Link to brief

Surminski, S., and Eldridge, J., 2014. Flood insurance in England – an assessment of the current and newly proposed insurance scheme in the context of rising flood risk. Working paper. London: Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mechler, R., Laurens, M., Bouwer, Linnerooth-Bayer, J., Hochrainer-Stigler, S., Aerts, J., Surminski, S., Williges, K., 2014. Managing unnatural disaster risk from climate extremes. Nature Climate Change, 4, pp.235–237. External link to paper

Surminski, S., Crick, F., Eldridge, J. and Ward, R., 2013. Securing the future availability and affordability of home insurance in areas of flood risk. Policy paper. London: Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Surminski, S., and Crick, F., 2013. Response to European Commission’s green paper on the insurance of natural and man-made disasters. Policy paper. London: Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Surminski, S., and Oramas-Dorta, D., in press. Flood insurance schemes and climate adaptation in developing countries. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. External link to article