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 national risk Assessment process in Switzerland is used to prioritise the treatment of hazards, to help prepare emergency plans and capabilities and for training purposes. The requirement to develop a comprehensive approach to disaster risk management came from senior government level where the responsibility for its development was mandated to the Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP). There is significant transparency and accountability in the process with arrangement to consult all stakeholders and the publication of the process. There has also been an additional independent review and reporting mechanism put in place by the FOCP and this report has been sent to government. This chapter discusses the methodology for hazard identification/analysis and vulnerability and impact analysis in some detail. There is widespread acceptance and buy in to the NRA process in Switzerland and this is largely due to the widespread consultation with all stakeholders, public private sectors and the public.


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