End User representatives
Current government spending on natural disaster response is more than 20 times the spending on preparedness. Many climaterelated natural hazards are increasing, along with the number of people living in hazard prone areas. Large natural disasters also cross domains, moving from the private to the public realm, and shifting from a local, to a state or national concern. This raises the potential of future, unmanaged risks.
The spending mismatch is well understood, but potential deficits in important social and environmental values are also faced that may not be adequately compensated. If a risk is owned, then the balance between preparedness and response can be assessed. If the risk is un-owned, these values may be damaged and degraded, or lost.
The project is mapping a broad range of economic, social and environmental values and relating these to natural hazards across several case studies. It is exploring who owns these values and what happens when they cross domains, as well as how a range of alternative strategies may contribute to improved resilience by sustaining economic, social and environmental values in a changing environment. A governance framework to support better understanding of risk ownership is being developed.
This project aims to benefit decision makers in institutional areas such as local, state and federal government, the community, and relevant private sectors by helping them to better identify the different economic, social and environmental values at risk from natural hazards. It also aims to help clarify areas of risk ownership and show how governance can support the long-term management of natural hazard risk with respect to preparedness, resilience and effective recovery.
A series of workshops have been held in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania with end-user partners, who mapped the risk associated with various hazard scenarios.
Bushfires and natural hazards are a dynamic risk where risk levels are unpredictable and more likely to change or fluctuate quickly. They are also often systemic and can result in unanticipated outcoms. Communication in this area is crucial and is only effective if it is based upon a broader understanding of how people respond to dynamic risk and why.
The project has moved its focus from spatial mapping towards insitutional mapping to support strategic decision making surrounding prevention, preparedness, recovery and resilience using a multi-value approach.
|Pre-disaster multihazard damage and economic loss estimation model||Prof Mehmet Ulubasoglu||Deakin University|
|Decision support system for assessment of policy and planning investment options for optimal natural hazard mitigation||Prof Holger Maier||University of Adelaide|
|Economics of natural hazards||Prof David Pannell||University of Western Australia|
|Using realistic disaster scenario analysis to understand natural hazard impacts and emergency management requirements||Dr Thomas Loridan||Macquarie University|
|The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: a system for assessing the resilience of Australian communities to natural hazards||Dr Phil Morley||University of New England|