- Julia Kloos
- Daniel Asare-Kyei
- Joanna Pardoe
- Fabrice G. Renaud
This paper seeks to develop an integrated risk assessment framework for Western Sudanian Savanna. To provide the scientific basis for the framework, the paper first defines: risk, hazard, exposure, vulnerability, resilience, coping and adaptation. Next, it discusses the ways in which they are conceptualized and employed in risk, resilience and vulnerability frameworks. The paper suggests an approach for linking resilience and vulnerability in a common framework for risk assessment. It accounts for societal response mechanism through coping, adaptation, disaster risk management and development activities which may foster transformation or persistence of the social ecological systems.
Building on the progress made in multi-hazard assessments, the framework is suitable for analyzing multiple-hazard risks and existing interactions at hazard and vulnerability levels. While the framework is well grounded in theories and existing literature, and advances the knowledge by including and linking additional elements, it still remains to be tested empirically.
- Towards the development of an adapted multi-hazard risk assessment framework for the West Sudanian Savanna zone
- United Nations University