The Making of a Riskier Future: How Our Decisions are Shaping Future Disaster Risk

Full Report
May 2016
  • Most disaster risk assessment today is static, focusing only on understanding current risks. A paradigm shift is needed toward dynamic risk assessments, which reveal the drivers of risk and the effectiveness of policies focused on reducing risk.
  • Global disaster risk is changing extremely fast, due to the combined dynamics of hazard, exposure, and vulnerability.
  • The drivers of disaster risk are in the control of policymakers, society, and individuals—but accurate assessment and continuous reevaluation of risk are required to enable effective risk reduction and prevent drastic increases in future losses.