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.




Norway has put in place a National Risk Analysis (NRA) which is co-ordinated by the Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB). This chapter outlines how the NRA governance framework functions from a national and regional (Municipality) perspective. It is firmly rooted in legislation outlining the roles and responsibilities of government bodies and municipal authorities. Subject matter experts are included in the process from the beginning with wide consultation taking place. Transparency and accountability is widespread in the case of Norway with publication of the NRA process and outcomes available to the public online. This chapter discusses the methodology for hazard identification/analysis and vulnerability and impact analysis in some detail. There is ongoing exposure for the NRA at the highest level of government which serves to keep it up to date and relevant. The DSB receive substantial feedback on an ongoing basis and have made adjustment based on this feedback.


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