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Co-Risk Labs believes that responding to the challenges in disaster and climate risk in the 21st Century is a collective responsibility that requires shared understanding and collaborative action. We work with communities and organizations to redesign our approach to creating and acting upon risk information.

Our Services

Co-Risk Labs provide expert project implementation, training and capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, and research services to organizations working in the areas climate and disaster risk. We’re particularly excited about how our background working at the intersection of public participation, technology, and design can make projects more inclusive and successful.

Our Work

Open Data for Resilience – Our team helped to develop and implement the World Bank’s Open Data for Resilience Initiative, a program that has brought improved risk communication, access to information, and public participation in disaster and climate risk modeling to over 35 countries around the world.

Community Damage Assessment in Nepal – We are working in the Langtang Valley of Nepal to support work of the Langtang Memory Project. The project seeks to use community mapping, photography, and oral history to facilitate local dialogue and recovery planning following the devastating 2015 Nepal Earthquakes.

Understanding Risk Boulder – We partnered with a team of experts from around Colorado and the United States to organize a two-day event that convenes the talent and expertise of our region’s communities, scientists, technologists, and government to develop shared understanding of the challenges we face in building long-term resilience to natural hazards, the impacts of climate change, and develop innovative solutions to meet them.

Urban Risk Futures – Cities across the world are changing extremely rapidly. As such the risk profile of cities is equally changing. Based on extensive research, we have developed the first ever risk framework and model which accounts of dynamic changes in exposure and vulnerability. This model enables us to understand potential risk futures of cities, and the impact that various policy or planning decisions can have on the risk trajectory of these cities.

Ethical Data Use in Risk Assessment – Co-Risk Labs collaborated with UN OCHA and the GovLab to facilitate a workshop that brought together over 30 experts in risk modeling to discuss ethical challenges and considerations in disaster risk assessment. Discussion topics included informed consent, community participation, data quality, and risk communication.

Disaster risk assessment – We develop probabilistic models of hazard and risk in order to quantify expected losses from disaster, or quantity the potential benefits of resilience investments. These tools can be used by international or government institutions to better understand, insure against, mitigate and prepare for future disasters.

Post-Disaster Damage and Needs Assessment (PDNA) A comprehensive understanding of damages and needs following disaster is critical to properly plan and implement an effective recovery program. CoRisk Labs has extensive experience documenting and reporting the impacts of disaster on the built environment, the estimated value of damages, the needs for recovery, and developing strategies for a more resilient recovery. Built on previous experiences in Haiti (2010), Nepal (2015) and Vanuatu (2015), we work within the international Post-Disaster Needs Assessment framework to support institutions and governments to gain the best available information as quickly as possible to plan for post-disaster recovery.

Leadership in Disaster Recovery Decision-making in a major natural disaster requires more perseverance, flexibility, patience, vision, integrity and strength than any other experience people typically face. In collaboration with the Red Cross we interviewed over 100 people (from local community leaders to ministers of reconstruction) who have worked in, lived through and led in a major natural disaster. From these interviews as well as personal experience emerged a guidebook for leading in disaster recovery (Leading in Disaster Recovery – A Companion Through the Chaos). Since its creation, it has been used in Nepal and Vanuatu by disaster recovery practitioners to support them in their role as actors in recovery.

Let’s Collaborate!

We’re open to new collaborations, clients and projects. Contact us!

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