Theoretical framework for the assessment of vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change [in Europe]

Birkmann, Jörn; Cardona, Omar D.; Carreño, Liliana; Barbat, Alex H.; Pelling, Mark; Schneiderbauer, Stefan; Kienberger, Stefan; Keiler, Margreth; Devaux, David; Zeil, Peter; Welle, Torsten (2014). Theoretical framework for the assessment of vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change [in Europe]. In: Birkmann, Jörn; Kienberger, Stefan; Alexander, David E. (eds.) Assessment of Vulnerability to Natural Hazards. A European Perspective (pp. 1-19). Elsevier 10.1016/B978-0-12-410528-7.00001-1

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Reducing risk that emerges from hazards of natural origin and societal vulnerability is a key challenge for the development of more resilient communities and the overall goal of sustainable development. The following chapter outlines a framework for multidimensional, holistic vulnerability assessment that is understood as part of risk evaluation and risk management in the context of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA). As a heuristic, the framework is a thinking tool to guide systematic assessments of vulnerability and to provide a basis for comparative indicators and criteria development to assess key factors and various dimensions of vulnerability, particularly in regions in Europe, however, it can also be applied in other world regions. The framework has been developed within the context of the research project MOVE (Methods for the Improvement of Vulnerability Assessment in Europe; ) sponsored by the European Commission within the framework of the FP 7 program.

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