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Project name:RESPECT - Responsibility and Risk: Operationalizing comprehensive climate risk layering in Austria among multiple actors
Projekt leader:Thomas Kabas (Teilprojektleitung Uni Graz)
Partners:International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS; alpS GmbH; Sub-contractors: Environment Agency Austria (EEA); Spatial Services GmbH (SpaSe).
Sponsor:This project is sponsored by the Austrian Climate and Energy Funds in the frame of the "ACRP"-program. (ACRP 9th call)
Duration:Jun. 2017 - May 2019



The overarching aim of RESPECT is to foster the operationalization of comprehensive climate risk management (CRM) at the local and national level in Austria by employing the risk layering approach in a participatory scenario-led approach. More specifically, RESPECT is to broaden the scope of the CRM framework towards a more inclusive involvement of stakeholders at different governance levels, and to co-generate concrete and operationalizable measures to manage climate-related risks. The focus of RESPECT is on flood and drought risk, which constitute the major climate-related risks in Austria and are expected to rise sharply due to climate change, but also due to increases in exposure of assets. The specific objectives of RESPECT are to connect scientific, policy as well as decision-making aspects and are defined as follows:

• To develop a risk-agency framework that supports co-generating a comprehensive and actionable climate risk management approach,
• To synthesize climate risk information for Austria and use this in combination with a spatial and temporal risk assessment to identify risk levels today and possible future scenarios as well as potential intervention measures linked to the risk layering
• To operationalize the concept of climate risk layering in a participatory environment at the local level; cooperatively identifying and allocating concrete roles and responsibilities,
• To identify the Austrian government’s potential fiscal risk when it is implicitly or explicitly taking over certain layers of climate-related risk,
• To bridge the gap between research and policy regarding comprehensive CRM as well as aligning the local and national level CRM needs and opportunities by integrating information across scales.

Homepage: https://respectproject.net

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