Key Research Projects

Enhancing risk management partnerships for catastrophic natural hazards in Europe (ENHANCE)

ENHANCE aims at developing and analysing new ways to enhance society’s resilience to catastrophic natural hazard impacts. For this, the project is developing new multisector partnerships (MSPs) between public and private sectors, with an important role for the financial sector (e.g. insurers). The project is co-funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union. Website: www.enhanceproject.eu.

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High-End cLimate Impacts and eXtremes (HELIX)

The HELIX project aims at assisting decision-makers and the research community in making adaptation to our changing climate more understandable and manageable by providing a set of credible, coherent, global and regional views of different worlds at 2, 4 and 6°C of global temperature increase, with further focus on delivering the knowledge needs of Northern Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Europe. IVM’s role in HELIX includes investigating how much society is willing to pay to confront future outbreaks of diseases such as malaria. This project has received funding from the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration. Website: www.helixclimate.eu.

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Responses to coastal climate change: Innovative Strategies for high End Scenarios - Adaptation and Mitigation (RISES_AM)

The RISES-AM project, co-funded by the EU under the 7th Framework Programme, has the general objective to assess the cross-sectoral and economy-wide impacts and vulnerability of coastal systems at local, regional and global scales. This will be achieved by integrating a series of specific objectives pertaining to four different areas of knowledge: 1) adaptive management; 2) decisions under uncertainty; 3) dynamic (transient) analyses; and 4) coastal zone sustainability. Website: risesam.eu.

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Enhancing ecoSysteM sERvices mApping for poLicy and Decision mAking (ESMERALDA)

The ESMERALDA project aims to deliver a flexible methodology to provide the building blocks for pan-European and regional assessments of ecosystems and their services. The objective of ESMERALDA is to share experience through an active process of dialogue and knowledge co-creation that will enable participants to achieve the aims of Action 5 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. ESMERALDA receives funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Website: www.esmeralda-project.eu.

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Insurance stimuli for protection against floods

This research will develop insurances that provide an affordable and broad coverage of flood damage and also give stimuli to policyholders to reduce risks. An integrated flood risk and insurance model will evaluate different types of solutions for flood insurances. Experiments and questionnaire studies will investigate the preparation behaviour of individuals with respect to floods and how insurance policies can guide this behaviour. The research is funded by a VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Contact: Wouter Botzen (wouter.botzen@vu.nl).

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Economic research for EU environmental policy

Since 2005, IVM has been partner (and until 2015 leader) of a consortium providing economic studies for the European Commission, DG Environment, under successive framework contracts. The current framework contract is led by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (www.ieep.eu). Research topics cover a wide range of policy areas. Most of the reports can be found on the website of DG ENV: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/enveco/studies.htm.

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The Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (TEEB) of the Tana River Basin, Kenya

An interdisciplinary research team of ecologists, hydrologists, economists and governance experts shows that current development plans in the Tana River Basin in Kenya have positive but also serious negative effects for various stakeholder groups in the basin. The integrated assessment contributes to a better informed dialogue about a sustainable, climate proof, future of the longest river in Kenya.

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