Natural Hazard Risk-based Planning Toolbox Now Available

GNS Science has released a toolbox to support natural hazard risk-based land use policy and plan development in local government. Developed with planners, it offers an approach that focuses on the consequences of natural hazard events. The toolbox outlines techniques, practice steps and options for enabling local government to review multiple natural hazard risks, both within councils and with external stakeholders.

The toolbox is presented in three key themes:

  • Setting the scene for why this approach is important;
  • The five step risk based approach for natural hazards; and
  • Examples of implementation.

Highlights include how to incorporate a community engagement processes; a risk-based district plan chapter; and national and international examples. A full report on the project is also available.

The toolbox and full report is available at:

Contact: Wendy Saunders,