On Tuesday, we were joined by Andrew Thow from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) and Sepehr Marzi from the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC) for the second installment of our bi-monthly webinar. In this series, we are looking at how the climate crisis can affect international cooperation, development and resilience. In this session, we learned more about the INFORM framework.

The INFORM Risk Index is a global indicator-based disaster risk assessment tool developed by JRC, which supports humanitarian crisis management decisions. RECEIPT is, in collaboration with JRC, expanding the index to include projected climate change related hazards. Our aim is to generate changes in the index, alongside changes in population, and to assess what level of vulnerability reduction would be required to offset increasing climate risk. We have also used the extended index to identify the remote hotspots affected by climate change for the countries involved in EU external action partnerships.

Dr. Andrew Thow works on quantitative methods for understanding crisis risk and severity. He opened the webinar with an introduction of INFORM, its partners and its potential uses. You can find his intervention in the video below starting at 02:57.

He was then followed by Dr. Sepehr Marzi who is a postdoctorial researcher at CMCC. Sepehr introduced the climate extension of the INFORM index which is being developed as part of RECEIPT. Within the project Sepehr is assessing the future humanitarian risk and vulnerability using climate change projections and populations within the INFORM framework. His presentation starts at 19:47.

Published on : 23 July 2021