Do global risk assessments leave countries behind? How the selection of countries influences outcomes of drought risk assessments

Dudley, Alexandra L., Meza, Isabel, Naumann, Gustavo and Hagenlocher, Michael, (2022). Do global risk assessments leave countries behind? How the selection of countries influences outcomes of drought risk assessments. Climate Risk Management, 1-14

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    Author Dudley, Alexandra L.
    Meza, Isabel
    Naumann, Gustavo
    Hagenlocher, Michael
    Title Do global risk assessments leave countries behind? How the selection of countries influences outcomes of drought risk assessments
    Appearing in Climate Risk Management
    Publication Date 2022-07-30
    Place of Publication Amsterdam
    Publisher Elsevier B.V.
    Start page 1
    End page 14
    Language eng
    Abstract Global drought risk assessments have been conducted with the objective of highlighting the regions or countries most at risk, and their outcomes are deemed useful to inform decisions on the implementation of risk reduction, transfer, financing, and adaptation strategies. However, by virtue of the scale of the assessment, some countries and regions experiencing negative impacts of droughts may not appear in “high” risk categories in global comparisons. This limits and potentially biases the ability of decision-makers, regional organisations, or funding mechanisms to recognise which countries under their purview should be targeted for assistance. This paper addresses this gap by comparing the outcomes of global and regional drought risk assessments for different clusters of countries of particular relevance to international climate and disaster risk policy. Results show that 50 countries changed the risk category to “high” or “very high” in their clusters compared to a lower risk category at the global level, due to the renormalisation of raw indicator values with different ranges for each cluster. The findings highlight the importance of analysing risk at multiple spatial scales to ensure no country is “left behind” in global risk and adaptation finance decisions.
    UNBIS Thesaurus DROUGHT
    Keyword Vulnerability
    Climate policy
    Scale
    Adaptation
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.1016/j.crm.2022.100454
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