National Risk Assessments

A Cross Country Perspective

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This report provides a synthetic view of national risk assessments (NRAs) in twenty OECD Member countries. NRA are used to support risk management decisions in a rapidly changing global risk landscape characterized by increasingly complex, interconnected societies and highly mobile people, information and goods. The report highlights good governance practices in establishing NRAs and how the results are used to inform public policy. It identifies challenges that OECD Member countries continue to confront in their efforts to implement NRA, and makes concrete recommendations where improvements could still be made.




The Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), as the lead agency, has the responsibility to develop the risk assessment process (National Risk Profile 2013) in Denmark. The NRP is a broad perspective on the most serious natural and man-made risks affecting Denmark at this time. This chapter discusses the governance framework and organisational structure for crisis management including the role of DEMA in developing the NRP. Transparency and accountability is provided by the publication of a suite of guidance documents to assist in this process and consultation has taken place with international agencies and neighbouring countries. In respect to hazard identification and impact analysis the NRP is based on historical events that have affected Denmark in the past and therefore considered likely to occur in the future. Communication of the results of the NRP is a core element of the strategy as public and private sectors are in a position to develop their own response as a result of the published content.


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