How to build climate resilience in Europe, Middle East and Africa

The region Europe, Middle East and Africa was spared from major natural catastrophes in 2020. As a result, the topic of natural hazards has somewhat disappeared from the headlines.

Still, climate-related "secondary perils" such as hailstorm, flood, drought and wildfires are increasing and becoming primary drivers of losses in the region.

Secondary perils deserve a closer look as they are happening more frequently and their severity is increasing, consequently becoming costlier each year.

The most urgent question we need to address in these unprecedent times is not only how to tackle climate change, but as well how we can mitigate climate risk together, and make our world more resilient.​

In our Climate Resilience Summit on 26 May Nikhil da Victoria Lobo, Head Western & Southern Europe, Lucia Bevere, Senior Catastrophe Data Analyst, Jerome Haegeli, Group Chief Economist from Swiss Re and Prof. David Bresch from ETH Zurich discussed what actions need to be taken to make our world more climate resilience.

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Video interview with The Insurer: Tamara Soyka, Head Cat Perils EMEA, Swiss Re on what makes secondary perils so special and expensive. How much do we actually know about the impact of climate change on primary and secondary perils and how good are the models of insurers?
Video interview with The Insurer: Frank Reichelt, Head Northern, Central and Eastern Europe, Swiss Re on the impact of climate change in the NCEE region. Climate change poses the biggest long-term risk for the economy in the region. Although the risks may vary from market to market, the impact on each country's GDP will be high.
Nikhil da Victoria Lobo, Head Western & Southern Europe, discusses climate resilience in WSE for The Insurer, mentioning highlights of Swiss Re Institute's recent publications: The economics of climate change and sigma 1/2021 - Natural catastrophes in 2020, and it's relevance for Western and Southern Europe.

Earthquakes in Italy

Italy is a country with a high risk of natural disasters, especially earthquakes. See more on Swiss Re's comprehensive response to natural disasters.
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What is coming...

sigma 1/2021 - Natural catastrophes in 2020

Secondary perils in the spotlight, but don't forget about primary-peril risks.
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Solutions Reinsurance clients

As a Reinsurance client, we partner with you to develop data-driven, tech-enabled natural catastrophe insurance solutions that will protect your customers and help you succeed in a rapidly changing market.

    The risk of flooding keeps on rising. We can help ensure the best possible outcome for your customers.​


    Hurricanes and typhoons can hit communities hard. Our solutions cover income losses sustained by your customers.​


    Earthquakes can lead to grave financial losses. Our shake vouchers offer fast, flexible and affordable solutions to your customers.​


Solutions Corporate clients

As a corporate client, you will benefit from tailor-made industry solutions provided by Swiss Re Corporate Solutions to cover risks along your entire value chain.

    A parametric insurance solution that provides financial flexibility for companies exposed to named windstorms (i.e. hurricanes) in North America and the Caribbean. ​


    An innovative, rapid-payout insurance product that gives financial flexibility in dealing with hardships in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake.​

  • FLOW

    A parametric insurance product that provides coverage for floods, droughts and other water-level events to companies exposed to rivers’ high or low water levels in Europe. ​


INSIGHTS Risk tools

Our insights, data and analytics help to understand and accurately assess natural catastrophe and climate risk.
  • Facts & Figures

    Our data charts for download provide up-to-date information on natural catastrophe losses.​

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  • CatNet®

    Our geo-tool shows high-quality natural hazard risk insights for single locations and global portfolios. ​

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  • sigma Explorer

    Data at your fingertips: discover regional market structures and premium growth trends in the global re/insurance industry. ​

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