Revitalising evidence-based policy for a Post-2015 Disaster Risk Reduction Framework

Working and discussion papers
March 2015
The convergence of agreements on climate change, sustainable development, development finance and disaster risk reduction in 2015 presents a unique opportunity for coherence across these inter-related policy areas.

At the same time, demand is growing for a more prominent and effective role for science and technology in providing evidence for policy, with the international community recognising that successful disaster risk reduction (DRR) depends on it. As such, science is to be included as a core aspect of the Post-2015 DRR Framework, although the ways in which this will occur in practice is unclear.

This paper aims to address this question by examining a number of existing international science mechanisms used across other relevant areas of policy to understand best practice, options for coordination and lessons identified.

In doing so, some of the challenges outlined above can be overcome in the post-2015 framework, strengthening the science-policy interface for DRR. In the field of DRR, the policy-science interface needs to be strengthened in line with the best practice described in this review. 

Practical ways to achieve coherent and evidence-based policy in the post-2015 era include shared targets and indicators across frameworks, coordinated monitoring of progress, collaboration in sharing information and in common financing mechanisms. A revitalised international partnership for evidence-based DRR can help to deliver this promise.