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Carolyn Kousky

Associate Vice President, Economics and Policy, EDF

Understanding Disaster Insurance: New Tools for a More Resilient Future

As climate extremes worsen, insurance plays a more important role in helping people recover from disasters. Yet even many of the most exposed people do not buy the coverage they need, while the global protection gap continues to widen as more homes are developed in high-risk areas.

In this episode, InsTech’s Ali Smedley and Henry Gale talk to Carolyn Kousky, Associate Vice President for Economics and Policy, Environmental Defense Fund and author of ‘Understanding Disaster Insurance: New Tools for a More Resilient Future’. The book provides an overview of disaster insurance markets and the role of the public sector, then focuses on how innovations in insurance, such as parametric coverage and community-based catastrophe insurance, can build resilience.

Topics include:

  • Encouraging risk reduction and mitigation
  • How to design effective parametric microinsurance products
  • Implementing community-based flood insurance in New York City
  • How insurance can help create a nature-positive economy
  • The roles of the public and private sectors in building disaster resilience
  • Why countries with developed insurance markets still have large protection gaps

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By the end of this podcast, you should be able to meet the following Learning Objectives:

  • Describe some of the ways insurance can increase resilience in disaster-prone communities
  • Explain some of the reasons large protection gaps still exist in the insurance market
  • List the key resources required to design microinsurance products successfully

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