Residual Risk

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The risk that remains in unmanaged form, even when effective disaster risk reduction measures are in place, and for which emergency response and recovery capacities must be maintained. [1]

According to UNISDR, the presence of residual risk implies a continuing need to develop and support effective capacities for emergency services, preparedness,response and recovery together with socio-economic policies such as safety nets and risk transfer mechanisms.

National Definitions

United States

Residual risk is risk that remains after risk management measures have been implemented. [2]

Standard Definition

ISO/IEC 27000:2014 and ISO 31000:2009

Risk remaining after risk treatment. [3] [4]

  • Residual risk can contain unidentified risk.
  • Residual risk can also be known as “retained risk”.

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