The (re)insurance industry's roles in the integration of nature-based solutions for prevention in disaster risk reduction-insights from a European survey

Roxane Marchal, Guillaume Piton, Elena Lopez-Gunn, Pedro Zorrilla-Miras, Peter van der Keur, Kieran W. J. Dartée, Polona Pengal, John H. Matthews, Jean-Marc Tacnet, Nina Graveline, Monica A. Altamirano, John Joyce, Florentina Nanu, Ioa Groza, Karina Peña, Blaz Cokan, Sophia Burke, David Moncoulon

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Nature-based solutions (NBS) are increasingly being considered as an option to reduce societies' vulnerability to natural hazards, creating co-benefits while protecting ecosystem services in a context of changing climate patterns with more frequent and extreme weather events. The reinsurance and insurance industries are increasingly cited as sectors that can play a role to help manage risks, by improving disaster risk reduction (DRR) and loss prevention. This paper investigates how the (re)insurance industry could support the transition from a paradigm focused on ex-post responses to ex-ante risk reduction measures including NBS, in line with the Sendai Framework. This paper presents the results of a series of 61 interviews undertaken with the (re)insurance sector and related actors under the EU H2020 Nature Insurance Value Assessment and Demonstration (NAIAD) project. Methods based on a Grounded Theory approach indicate how this sector can play different roles in loss prevention, including ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (eco-DRR). Results illustrate how the (re)insurance industry, under these roles, is gradually innovating by having a better understanding of hazards and mitigation. The findings of the study contribute to wider discussions such as the possibility of new arrangements like natural insurance schemes and evidence-based assessment of avoided damage costs from green protective measures, in Europe and beyond.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer6212
Antal sider24
TidsskriftSustainability
Vol/bind11
Udgave nummer22
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1 nov. 2019

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