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SCOPE: Social equality in economic assessments in flood risk management




Total Project Duration

1 Year

Integration of social vulnerability into flood risk management
Foto einer Brücke über einem kleinen Bach mit Hochwasserschutzmaßnahmen.

The project

The SCOPE project develops and validates how social vulnerability can be integrated into the existing guidelines and assessment tools for flood risk management. The project thus makes a significant contribution to more socially equal flood risk management in Austria, particularly with regard to the social consequences of climate change for disadvantaged groups.

Our activities in the project

SCOPE is led by the research group International Climate Policy and Economics and is carried out in co-operation with our project partners. Important research topics of the project team are the economic and ecological evaluation of measures in flood risk management as well as social innovation, private preparedness and national and international policy in flood management.


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Klima- und Energiefonds, vertreten durch Kommunalkredit Public Consulting

Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU)
Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Regionen und Wasserwirtschaft (BML), Sektion Wasserwirtschaft

Details of the project

In recent decades, natural hazard events have caused considerable economic and social damage in Austria and abroad. Due to climate change, but also due to social developments such as socio-demographic change or changes in land use, such challenges will increase. However, the future risks are not equally distributed between all population groups and regions. Despite clear empirical evidence of the significance and differentiation of social vulnerability in flood risk management, this is not adequately reflected in the current procedures for economic assessments.

Thus, the SCOPE project develops a concrete proposal on how social vulnerability can be implemented in the new guideline for the economic assessment of flood risk management projects. This proposal is based on a detailed clarification of the necessary data and is evaluated in several practical examples for the Austrian context. Therefore it may and should enter administrative practice directly. The project results will be presented to the Austrian professional public together with the relaunch of the guideline for economic efficiency assessment and communicated in associated training courses for users of the guideline.

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