This publication highlights some of the influential efforts—by technical specialists, institutions, and governments around the world—to create and communicate risk information faster and at lower cost, to improve the quality and transparency of risk information, and to enable more local engagement in the production of authoritative risk information than ever before.
This report contains case studies spanning 40 countries that showcase emerging best practices, demonstrate how risk assessments are being used to inform DRM and broader development, and highlight lessons learned through these efforts. Taken as a group, these case studies evidence the need for continued investment in accurate and useful risk information and provide recommendations for the future.
This publication is not a "how-to" guide for risk assessment, nor does it provide a technical articulation of the risk assessment process. Rather, it provides insight into the potential richness and range of risk assessment approaches and their capacity to meet a variety of purposes and contexts within the same overarching framework. For scientists, engineers, and others producing risk information, the publication highlights some of the challenges in understanding risk—beyond the strictly technical aspects that are described in many other publications.
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