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Reducing the negative impacts of disasters is a multi-stakeholder challenge. It requires bold policy making, supported by strong scientific evidence and agreement with all involved sectors. Partnerships between organisations at public, private, scientific, practitioner, international, local levels are essential to create an environment where decision can be based on mutual trust and understanding. The JRC is strongly supporting and actively building such partnerships where a leading role is played by scientific and technical expertise.

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Meeting of DG Ristori and Walstrom

The JRC and UNISDR are intensifying collaboration to support international disaster risk reduction policy with scientific data, evidence and advice. A Memorandum of Understanding is being drafted to formalize this collaboration.

The main points of interest are:

  • Contribution of JRC to the work of the Global Assessment Reports on Disaster Risk Reduction (GARs) (2015 and 2017) coordinated by UNISDR based on the topics that will be identified as priority research areas. 
  • Strengthening of the capacities of models underpinning the work of the GARs such as the global risk model and global disaster exposure database.
  • In partnership with the EC Directorate General for Humanitarian and Civil protection (DG ECHO) and the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR), support to European countries in setting standardized disaster damages and losses databases and conduct a pilot phase with selected EU Member States to test agreed disaster accounting methodologies and standards. 
  • Contribute to the development of the Global Flood Partnership. The Global Flood Partnership will aim to provide operational, globally-applicable flood forecasting and monitoring tools and services, complementary to national capabilities, for better predicting and managing current and future flood disaster impacts and flood risk. 
  • Participate to the InfoRM Working Group. The Group works towards transparent and evidence-based multi-hazard risk index to inform programmes focused on anticipating, mitigating, and preparing for humanitarian emergencies. JRC and UNISDR will collaborate in the further development on the index 
  • JRC to join the UNISDR Scientific and Technical Committee on DRR
  • Developing knowledge on emerging risks related to synchronic failures and NATECH risks in Europe and globally
  • Collaborate on documenting good practices in addressing trans-boundary disaster risk management actions in Europe and globally and supporting knowledge and information sharing of lessons learnt within EU Member States and outside the EU.

Global Flood Partnership

The meeting of the Senior Officials of the Carnegie Group countries, the United Nations and the World Bank, organised by the JRC in December 2012, concluded that a new international impetus was needed to which the EU, the Carnegie Group countries and international organisations such as the United Nations and the World Bank, can contribute coherently in order to maximize the impact for citizens worldwide. One of the areas identified at the meeting where an international impetus can provide added value was partnerships in strategic areas for better efficiency. It was suggested that this could encompass a Global Multi-Hazard Partnership that builds upon international initiatives, regional networks and national mechanisms. As a concrete step in this direction a Global Flood Partnership is proposed. 

The overall objective of the Partnership is the development of flood observational and modelling infrastructure, leveraging on existing initiatives for better predicting and managing flood disaster impacts and flood risk globally. The Partnership shall achieve this through bringing together the scientific community, service providers (satellite and weather), national flood and emergency management authorities, humanitarian organisations and donors to provide operational, globally-applicable flood forecasting and monitoring tools and services, complementary to national capabilities. The Partnership aims to strengthen the sharing of hydro-meteorological data and information, foster in-country capacity building and improve flood risk management models and products.

Global Flood Partnership website: http://portal.gdacs.org/Global-Flood-Partnership