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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-11-01 - 2023-10-31

An increasing number of climate-driven shocks will likely overstretch current individual and collective coping capacities. How-ever, on the other side catastrophic shocks may enable the transformation to decarbonisation and resilience of our society, if the rebuilding phase after an event is used for a broad societal transformation process and not only quickly restores the pre-disaster situation. However, many decision makers strive to provide financial schemes that prioritise bouncing back over deep transformation. Fast recovery from shocks typically lacks an integrated perspective on climate change adaptation and mitiga-tion policies. In many cases, climate change adaptation and mitigation policies act in an isolated or even contradicted way. They have different goals, instruments, financial resources, administrative practices, and time perspectives, or lack of imagination how to implement them. The aim of the Build Back Better project is therefore to illustrate how to use shocks for a trans-formative change to lower carbon emissions and higher climate resilience. Build Back Better strives to learn from past and current reactions to exogenous shocks to inform the future with the aim of directing post-disaster learning to transformation outcomes and to avoiding maladaptation, backfire or inaction pitfalls.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-05-01 - 2021-08-31

The status report provides an overview of current knowledge and findings on protective forests. The document presents the state of knowledge of protective forest research in Austria, identifies research and knowledge gaps and identifies a catalog of questions relevant for future research programs. The report thus provides the basis for the research program described in the "Action Program Protective Forest" and for a future-proof and stable protection forest in Austria. There is no transfer of ownership of the results.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-03-01 - 2024-08-31

Climate change governance requires a comprehensive assessment of how policy strategies may affect individuals and communities. However, policy development and implementation often downplay or even run the risk of increasing social inequality aspects. To close this gap, SENSUS critically questions implementation practices and options for Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for urban heat stress and to foster NbS in a way that advances both urban resilience and social equality in access to adequate housing. In a broad interdisciplinary setting, the project applies quantitative and qualitative models and methodologies to study the need and possible adaptation policies with a focus on how to integrate societal aspects and unintended consequences and trade-offs, such as gentrification or housing policies (dis-)favoring specific ethnical groups, into current policy design. A transdisciplinary policy-science dialogue ensures that stakeholders and policy-makers are included both as recipients and co-producers of knowledge. The project’s comprehensive systemic approach guarantees new insights into a widely underexposed dynamic, namely the link between NbS and social equality in urban environments. The outcomes will directly benefit the Vienna city planning by fostering improved governance and management of climate change risks, not only through direct interactions with the project team and findings, but also by disseminating to a wider circle of relevant stakeholders and interest groups.

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