All pages with keywords: disaster risk reduction

National laws and policies on climate change adaptation: a global review

a policy publication by Michal Nachmany, Rebecca Byrnes, Swenja Surminski 9 December, 2019

This global review of adaptation laws and policies has been undertaken to understand how adaptation to climate change is governed at the national level. It highlights the common areas of focus and also apparent gaps in these laws and policies, making recommendations for policymakers and further research. read more »


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Understanding decisions and disasters: A retrospective analysis of Hurricane Sandy’s ‘focusing power’ on climate change adaptation policy in New York City

a working paper by Samantha McCraine, Swenja Surminski 18 November, 2019

Disasters such as hurricanes can open a window of opportunity when these act as ‘focusing events’ on the policy agenda. This paper explores the ‘focusing power’ of Hurricane Sandy in the context of New York City during 2012 and beyond. read more »


Addressing the impacts of climate change through an effective Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage

Addressing the impacts of climate change through an effective Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage

a commentary by Rebecca Byrnes, Swenja Surminski 16 October, 2019

Rebecca Byrnes and Swenja Surminski outline progress of actions taken under the Warsaw International Mechanisms on Loss and Damage – which is designed to help countries deal with the harm caused by climate change – and how to enhance its effectiveness, as the COP25 climate conference gears up to reviewing the mechanism in December. read more »


Addressing the impacts of climate change through an effective Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage

Addressing the impacts of climate change through an effective Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage

a policy publication by Rebecca Byrnes, Swenja Surminski 16 October, 2019

This paper is a submission to the second review of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) on Loss and Damage under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will take place at COP25 in December. The submission looks at the Loss and Damage policy debate, how it relates to other international frameworks and efforts in the areas of mitigation, adaptation, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, and identifies how the WIM can be most effective. read more »


Flood Insurance and Flood Risk Reduction

Flood Insurance and Flood Risk Reduction

a book by Swenja Surminski 30 September, 2018

The rapid increase in losses from flooding underlines the importance of risk reduction efforts to prevent or at least mitigate the damaging impacts that floods can bring to communities, businesses, … read more »


ICCG Webinar: The Triple Dividend of Resilience – webinar video

ICCG Webinar: The Triple Dividend of Resilience – webinar video

Seminar Swenja Surminski 8 Feb 2017

The ICCG webinar was given by Swenja Surminski, Senior Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment on the 8 February 2017.



The triple dividend of resilience

The triple dividend of resilience

a policy publication by Swenja Surminski 7 December, 2015

This report is an output of an initiative funded by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) at the World Bank and led by the Overseas Development Institute … read more »


Observations on the role of the private sector in the UNFCCC’s loss and damage of climate change work program

Observations on the role of the private sector in the UNFCCC’s loss and damage of climate change work program

a research article by Swenja Surminski, Jillian Eldridge 21 September, 2015

This paper presents evidence of current engagement and expectations, from official submissions to the UNFCCC, L&D literature, and relates this to experiences from the fields of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). read more »


Reflections on the current debate on how to link flood insurance and disaster risk reduction in the European Union

Reflections on the current debate on how to link flood insurance and disaster risk reduction in the European Union

a research article by Swenja Surminski 27 April, 2015

In this paper we investigate if and how current EU policies influence flood insurance. read more »