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Science Policy Workshop

JRCUK Met Office

Scientific Seminar On Natural Disasters:
Bridging Science-Based Early Warning And Early Action Decision Making

7-8 November 2012, Brussels, Centre Albert Borschette

Venue: Emergency Response Coordination Centre, Rue Joseph II 79, Brussels

The key challenge for science-based decision making in disaster management is to bridge the knowledge gap between available real-time scientific analysis supporting early warning and actions triggering early response. In many countries, this knowledge is fragmented among different scientific and technical communities (meteorology, hydrology, geophysical, GIS). Moreover, the approaches utilising this knowledge are diverse and would be more effective with improved coordination across operational agencies (national disaster management centres, civil protection, public health, transport, economy, security), across-borders. The UK Met Office and the European Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), are addressing these issues through, respectively, the recent Natural Hazard Partnership of 15 public sector agencies and the JRC’s support to European Commission services.

The JRC and the UK Met Office are organising a seminar to map the state of the art in science-based integrated disaster management in the EU Member States and International Organisations. The aim of the seminar is to start a process to bridge the distance between scientific and operational organisations from the Member States and across different disciplines through building sustainable partnerships to move forward from response to early action and prevention. As a short-term outcome, the seminar shall identify a small number of targeted areas where feasible partnerships for sharing knowledge and experiences will benefit national and European level services with positive impacts for the communities at risk.

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Science Policy Workshop

JRCUK Met Office

Second Scientific Seminar on Disaster Risk Management:
Science for Policy and Operations

4-5 December 2014, Brussels, DG ECHO

Venue: Emergency Response Coordination Centre, Rue Joseph II 79, Brussels

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and the Met Office are jointly organising a seminar on ‘Disaster Risk Management: Science for Policy and Operations’, which will address two key areas; the use of science in risk management, as input to the planning phase, and to the preparedness phase through Early Warning Systems (EWS). The first seminar in 2012 identified a small number of targeted areas where partnerships for knowledge sharing could benefit national and European level services to give positive impacts for communities at risk.

The aim of this second seminar is to support and improve coordination and consistency between national and regional EWS. As a short-term outcome, the seminar shall identify gaps and further opportunities to better support regional coordination based on information cascade principles, existing national responsibilities and impact-based warning assessments.

The seminar aims to gather around 50 - 100 inter-disciplinary experts on early detection, forecasting, warning and risk assessment of natural disasters as well as on impact assessment. The target audience includes scientists, practitioners and policy-makers at national, regional and international levels.

Participation is on invitation only. For more information, please contact globesec-secretariat@jrc.ec.europa.eu

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Concept

A key on-going challenge for science-based decision making in disaster risk management is to close the gap between available scientific analysis supporting planning and early warning, and how to effectively use scientific information to trigger actions. In many countries, this knowledge is fragmented among different scientific and technical communities (meteorology, hydrology, geophysical, GIS). 

The approaches utilising this knowledge are diverse and would be more effective with improved coordination between operational agencies (national disaster management centres, civil protection, public health, transport, economy, security), and across borders. Increasingly countries are instigating national risk assessments, supported by key recommendations within the Hyogo Framework Agreement (HFA). Under developing plans for HFA2, attention will be given to priority areas including policy planning and preparedness phases of disaster risk management. 

The European Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), is addressing these issues through the JRC’s support to European Commission services whilst the Met Office, as leading member of the UK Natural Hazards Partnership (NHP) is looking to facilitate the necessary coordination through the NHP. The NHP is made up of seventeen government departments and agencies, trading funds and public sector research establishments and has been established to build on partners’ existing natural hazard science, expertise and services to deliver fully coordinated impact-based natural hazard advice provided for governments and resilience communities across the UK. 

The JRC and the Met Office are therefore organising a second seminar which will address two key areas; the use of science in risk management, as input to the planning phase, and to the preparedness phase through Early Warning Systems (EWS). The first seminar in 2012 identified a small number of targeted areas where partnerships for knowledge sharing could benefit national and European level services to give positive impacts for communities at risk.

The aim of this second seminar is to support and improve coordination and consistency between national and regional EWS. As a short-term outcome, the seminar shall identify gaps and further opportunities to better support regional coordination based on information cascade principles, existing national responsibilities and impact-based warning assessments.

Scope and content

  • The seminar aims to gather around 50 - 100 inter-disciplinary experts on early detection, forecasting, warning and risk and impact assessment of natural disasters. The target audience includes scientists, practitioners and policy-makers at national, regional and international levels.
  • The seminar will cover the progress made since the first workshop, and include sessions addressing risk assessments for policy and improving coordination and consistency of advice from, and interaction between, early warning systems. Specifically, it will examine how global, regional and national processes are changing to harness the latent potential of methodologies to assess disaster risk, and assess how contributors are using the best science advice and interpretation to improve efficiency and effectiveness of resource planning and mobilisation.
  • A first outcome should be a list of recommendations for developing disaster risk assessments used in policy decisions at global, regional and national level, working towards common methods and tools at all three levels with details of what is needed to facilitate achieving this.
  • The second outcome should be a list of recommendations for early warning information for effective and efficient planning and preparedness, with details of the current gaps, as well as how and by whom this work can be done. 

The outcomes of this seminar will be a summary report to be offered as input to the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Structure

The seminar will be divided into three sessions plus a round table, as follows: 

  • Session 1: Progress since first workshop 
  • Session 2: Risk assessments for policy 
  • Session 3: Improving coordination and consistency of advice from, and interaction between, EWSs 
  • Round table, conclusions and recommendations 

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Programme

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Venue: Emergency Response Coordination Centre, Rue Joseph II 79, Brussels
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Time Session Session Name Speaker / Chair
12:00 Registration
12:30 Lunch
13:30 0 Opening session: "Progress since first workshop" JRC / UK Met Office Al Khudhairy, Delilah / Evans, Phil
13:50 0A Feedback from EU MSs survey (use of science in National Risk Assessments; independent science support for events; science input to operational systems)
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JRC De Groeve, Tom
14:10 0B Elements for improved science-policy interface at EU level
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JRC Annunziato, Alessandro
14:30 0C Progress on EC User Group on Crisis Management
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HOME Quevauvillier, Philippe
14:50 0D Regional coordination processes around the globe
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WMO Soares, Alice
15:10 Coffee break
15:40 1 Panel Session 1 (Part 1): “Risk Assessments for Policy” GFDRR Ereno Blanchet, Edouardo
15:50 1A Risk assessments at global level (methodology-based presentation)
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UNISDR Safaie, Sahar
16:10 1B Risk assessment policies and methods from the EU
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ECHO Clark, Ian
16:30 1C Risk assessments at national level (methodology-based presentation)
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Sweden (MSB) Andersson, Emmelie
16:50 1D Global case study example
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RMS Muir Wood, Robert
17:10 1E Regional case study example
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OECD Jacobzone, Stephane
17:30 1F National case study example
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UK NHP Lisk, Ian
Friday, December 5, 2014
1 Panel Session 1 (Part 2): “Risk Assessments for Policy”
9:00 1RT Round-table: “Requirements for disaster risk assessments used in policy decisions at global, regional and national level” ECHO Clark, Ian
9:45 Coffee break
2 Panel Session 2: “Improving coordination and consistency of advice from, and interaction between, EWSs” Meteo France Honore, Cyrille
10:00 2A ERCC developments ECHO Imperiali, Olimpia
10:20 2B JRC developments
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JRC Thielen, Jutta
10:40 2C WMO developments
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WMO Soares, Alice
11:00 2D International EWS developments
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WFP Niebuhr, Emily
11:20 2E Regional EWS developments
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KNMI Kroonenberg, Frank
11:40 2F National EWS developments
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Finland Hyrkkanen, Juhana
12:00 2G Value added human interpretation
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UK Met Office Britton, Dave
12:20 2RT Round table: “Requirements for early warning based information for effective and efficient preparedness and response” Meteo France Honore, Cyrille
13:05 Lunch
14:00 RT Round table: Conclusions and recommendations for WCDRR-III/HFA2
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UNISDR Murray, Virginia
14:45 Closure JRC / UK Met Office Al Khudhairy, Delilah / Broad, Adrian

 

Attendees list

  • France (Ministry of Interior), Netherlands (Ministry of Security and Justice), Malta (Ministry for Home Affairs and national Security), Sweden (MSB), Hungary (Ministry of the Interior), Romania (NIEP), Lithuania
  • European Met Services of UK, Sweden, Ireland, France, Finland and Netherlands, Belgium
  • Scientific/technical institutions: ECMWF, Environment Agency, INGV, UK NHP, RMS, University of Kaiserslautern, CRAHI
  • International organisations: UNISDR, WMO, World Bank GFDRR, OECD, Red Cross/EU office, WFP
  • European Commission: DG DEVCO, DG ECHO, DG HOME, DG JRC

Summary 

To be added after seminar