Goals and Content

Goals and Content

The overarching goal of the RESPECT project is to support the implementation of comprehensive climate risk management in Austria. A practical and holistic climate risk management will be developed together with experts, decision-makers, private sector representatives, and the population concerned.

More specifically, the RESPECT Project is pursuing the following goals:

  • A compilation of climate risk information for Austria.
  • Application of this information, in combination with a spatial and temporal risk assessment, to identify current risk levels, possible future scenarios, as well as potential intervention measures.
  • Identification and allocation of common roles and responsibilities in climate risk management through participatory implementation of the risk portfolio methods at the local level.
  • Identification of the potential fiscal risks for Austria if implicit or explicit climate risks are undertaken by public and private actors and become *striking in the public budget balancing.
  • Closing the gap between research, practice, and politics regarding comprehensive climate risk management.
  • Integration of information at different administrative levels to reconcile local and national needs, as well as courses of action.

The following steps will be carried out to implement these goals:

  • Analysis of established decision-making structures in natural disaster risk management and in climate change adaptation.
  • Integrative and quantitative assessment of the risk potential for floods and droughts.
  • Application of a participatory risk portfolio method together with affected actors in two case studies (at the national and local levels) to analyze concrete roles and intersections. This will be followed by creating a definition of responsibilities for the procedures and measures.

Action Plan

The first step of the RESPECT Project will be to analyze the current processes of decision and policy-making at the local and national levels. RESPECT will then build upon this analysis and develop digital as well as paper maps for flood and drought risks in Austria that have complete and accessible climate and socioeconomic data. The data will be integrated at the national, as well as local level. Subsequently, these results will be used to develop appropriate methods and instruments that can be implemented at both levels in the scope of climate risk management and the risk portfolio concept. Finally, the viability of these methods and instruments will be reviewed in concrete case studies.