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Utilisation of Parametric Microinsurance to Improve the Financial Resilience of Low‑Income Households in the United States (Oct 2020 – Jun 2021)

Natural disaster risk is escalating around the globe and in the United States. A large body of research has found that lower-income households disproportionally suffer from disasters and are less likely to recover. Parametric microinsurance has been used in many developing countries to improve the financial resilience of low-income households. This paper presents a review of the evidence for implementing parametric microinsurance in the U.S., with spillover lessons for other highly developed countries.

Utilisation of Scenarios in the Insurance Industry and for Developing Countries  (Jan 2018 – Dec 2019)

Two reports were launched offering valuable insight into how to provide best practice tools for catastrophic shock scenarios which trigger severe losses and adversely impact developing countries. The reports and a recording of the podcast produced by the CII to launch the study can be found below.

Agua Salud: Science to advance risk mitigation and land use management in tropical landscapes (March 2017 – March 2019)

We are providing funding to the Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust to support a two year research project led by the Smithsonian Tropical research Institute (STRI). The STRI and partners will develop scenarios for the future of the Panama Canal Watershed, leveraging decades of hydrological and forestry research and data sets. This project will advance understanding of large-scale and long-term implications of land-use choices throughout the tropics and will create a science-based tool to better-inform choices that can minimize negative environmental and economic impacts.

The role of coastal habitats in managing natural hazards and risk reduction: a multi-disciplinary approach across ecology, economics and engineering

We are providing funding to the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) to support a two year research project to examine the factors that determine the role of coastal and marine habitats in damage reduction from flooding and surge. With project partners (The Nature Conservancy and Wildlife Conservancy Society), the research seeks to explore how nature-based defence systems can be incorporated into policy and industry and to quantify and emphasise the societal value that these ecosystems provide. Find out more below.