Regulatory reform


Boosting Disaster Prevention through Innovative Risk Governance

Insights from Austria, France and Switzerland

In 2014 the OECD carried out work to take stock of OECD countries' achievements in building resilience to major natural and man-made disasters. The report suggested that albeit significant achievements were made through effective risk prevention and mitigation management, past disasters have revealed persistent vulnerabilities and gaps in risk prevention management across OECD. Based on the findings of this OECD-wide report a cross-country comparative study was undertaken in Austria, France and Switzerland to test the recommendations put forward in specific country contexts. This report summarises the individual and comparative country case study findings. It highlights that the risk prevention policy mix has shifted in favor of organisational measures such as hazard informed land use planning or strengthening the enforcement of risk sensitive regulations. In the meantime, the great need for maintaining the large stock of structural protection measures has been overlooked and vulnerability might increase because of that. The report highlights the need for better policy evaluation to increase the effectiveness of risk prevention measures in the future. The report highlights practices where countries succeeded to make risk prevention a responsibility of the whole of government and the whole of society, by analysing supporting governance and financing arrangements.

Published on December 19, 2017

In series:OECD Reviews of Risk Management Policiesview more titles


Foreword and acknowledgements
Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Lessons from a cross country study
Boosting resilience through innovative risk governance: the case of Alpine areas in Austria
Boosting resilience through innovative risk governance: the case of the Rhône river in France
Boosting resilience through innovative risk governance: the case of Switzerland
Annexes2 chapters available
List of Stakeholders met in the studied countries
Country Questionnaire
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