Overview

Covering 55 countries, UNDRR Europe and Central Asia supports the development of policies and actions towards a more resilient future. We assist countries to monitor and track achievements towards implementing the Sendai Framework, support the development of national and local DRR strategies, build greater engagement with the private sector, and provide policy advice, particularly around sustainable finance and climate security.

Cities becoming more resilient in Europe and Central Asia

These statistics show live data about municipalities in this region that have joined the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative. The villages, towns, and cities have made a commitment to move along the resilience roadmap to better protect their citizens.

 

 

Contact us

UNDRR Europe & Central Asia
37 - 40 Boulevard du Régent 
Brussels 1000, Belgium

Phone: +32 22 902 588
Fax: +32 22 904 950
@UNDRR_ECA
undrr-roeca@un.org 

Countries

Country Sendai Focal Point National Platform Country profile on PreventionWeb
Albania General Directorate of Civil Emergencies, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Albania COUNTRY PROFILE
Andorra Andorran Civil Protection Department - Government of Andorra COUNTRY PROFILE
Armenia Ministry of Emergency Situations (Armenia), Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia, Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia TEST CONTENT NATIONAL PLATFORM, Armenia National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Austria Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics COUNTRY PROFILE
Azerbaijan Ministry of Emergency Situation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, The Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Azerbaijan COUNTRY PROFILE
Belarus Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus Belarus National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Belgium Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Department for Development Cooperation, Belgium - government, Belgium - government Belgium National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry of Security, Ministry of Security, Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Bulgaria Ministry of Interior (Bulgaria), Chief Directorate Fire Safety and Civil Protection, Ministry of Interior Bulgaria National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Croatia National Protection and Rescue Directorate, National Protection and Rescue Directorate, Croatia - government Croatia National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Cyprus Civil Defence (Cyprus) Cyprus National Platform, Cyprus National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Czech Republic Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic , Ministry of the Environment (Czech Republic), Ministry of the Environment (Czech Republic) Czech Republic National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Denmark Danish Emergency Management Agency COUNTRY PROFILE
Estonia Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Interior COUNTRY PROFILE
Finland Ministry of the Interior (Finland), Ministry of the Interior (Finland) Finland National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
France Ministry for Ecological and Solidarity Transition, Ministry for Ecological and Solidarity Transition, Ministry for Ecological and Solidarity Transition France National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Georgia Emergency Management Service of Georgia COUNTRY PROFILE
Germany Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance Germany National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Greece General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece, General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece, General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece Greece National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Hungary National Directorate General for Disaster Management, National Directorate General for Disaster Management Hungary National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Iceland COUNTRY PROFILE
Ireland COUNTRY PROFILE
Israel Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Emergency Management Authority COUNTRY PROFILE
Italy Dipartimento della Protezione Civile, Italian Civil Protection Department, Italian Civil Protection Department, Dipartimento della Protezione Civile Italy National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Kazakhstan Committee for emergency situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs COUNTRY PROFILE
Kyrgyzstan Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic Kyrgyzstan National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Latvia COUNTRY PROFILE
Liechtenstein Office for Foreign Affairs COUNTRY PROFILE
Lithuania Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania COUNTRY PROFILE
Luxembourg Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs Luxembourg National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Malta COUNTRY PROFILE
Moldova Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, State Hydrometeorological Service of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment COUNTRY PROFILE
Monaco Ministry of Interior (Monaco), Ministry of Interior (Monaco) Monaco National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Montenegro Ministry of Interior - Directorate for Emergency Situations, Ministry of Interior - Directorate for Emergency Situations, Ministry of Interior and Public Administration Montenegro National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Netherlands, the Ministry of Security and Justice, Ministry of Security and Justice, Ministry of Justice and Security COUNTRY PROFILE
North Macedonia Republic of North Macedonia - government, Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Government of the Republic of Macedonia North Macedonia National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Norway Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning, Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning, Ministry of Justice and Public Security Norway National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Poland Government Centre for Security, Government Centre for Security Poland National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Portugal Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection, Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection, Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection COUNTRY PROFILE
Romania General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, Romania - government, General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, Romania - government, General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations Romania National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Russian Federation EMERCOM of Russia (Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters) COUNTRY PROFILE
San Marino COUNTRY PROFILE
Serbia Sector for Emergency Management, Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, Sector for Emergency Management, Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, International Cooperation Protection and Rescue Sector, Ministry of Interior Serbia National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Slovakia Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic COUNTRY PROFILE
Slovenia Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, Ministry of Defence COUNTRY PROFILE
Spain Dirección General de Protección Civil y Emergencias, Dirección General de Protección Civil y Emergencias Spain National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Sweden Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency Sweden National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Switzerland Swiss National Platform for Natural Hazards, PLANAT, Swiss National Platform for Natural Hazards, PLANAT, Swiss National Platform for Natural Hazards, PLANAT Switzerland National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Tajikistan Committee of Emergency situations and Civil defense under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan Tajikistan National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Turkey Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, Ministry of Interior, Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, RT Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) Turkey National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Turkmenistan COUNTRY PROFILE
Ukraine State Emergency Service of Ukraine, State Emergency Service of Ukraine COUNTRY PROFILE
United Kingdom Cabinet Office (UK) COUNTRY PROFILE
Uzbekistan COUNTRY PROFILE

News and Events

Monitoring seismic and tsunami activity at the French tsunami alert center, CENALT in Bruyères-le-Châtel (Essonne). Photo: CENALT
Tsunamis may be rare events along the French coasts but they do occur. The French tsunami alert centre, CENALT, has already provided more than 24 tsunami information alerts and issued 3 tsunamis advisory warning messages since the beginning of its operations in 2012.
UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Reduction, Margareta Wahlström (left) and Marie-Josée Jacobs, Luxembourg's Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs (right). Photo by Sophie Torelli Chironi
The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, and Luxembourg’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Marie-Josée Jacobs, today signed a four-year Cooperation Agreement.
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Overview

The “Strengthening disaster resilience and accelerating implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia” 2019-2022 Action is a three year initiative supported by the European Commission. This joint initiative between the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the European Commission aims to build disaster and climate resilience in the five countries of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The Initiative will embed an approach that shifts from managing disasters to managing risks and will allow investments to be risk-informed and livelihoods and growth to be sustainable.  This initiative takes a relevant place in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. It directly supports the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and contributes to the progressive achievement of the following SDG Goals:

  • End poverty in all its forms everywhere (SDG1)
  • Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation (SDG 9)
  • Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
  • Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG 13)

This initiative builds on the recommendations, principles, concept, tools and processes offered under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the UNDRR-coordinated Making Cities Resilient (MCR) Campaign, focusing on increased use of risk knowledge and disaster data in decision and policy making. The initiative aims to set the foundation for greater resilience to disaster in Central Asia through improved data management, strengthened risk governance and increased cooperation and experience sharing at the regional, national and local level.

The expected results are:

  • Disaster losses are measured and aligned with international agreements (the Sendai Framework for DRR and the Sustainable Development Goals)
  • National Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies are developed, renewed or further aligned with the ten core requirements developed by the Sendai Framework for DRR.
  • Increased commitments to build local-level resilience are triggered through the resilience assessment of the five capital cities

European Science & Technology Advisory Group

The European Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (E-STAG) is a voluntary group of experts providing scientific and technical support to European and Central Asian countries on the implementation of the Sendai Framework - and other relevant frameworks in the EU in close collaboration with the European Commission's Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC). 

E-STAG
Membership

The current membership of E-STAG includes 14 national experts and 7 thematic experts, all with rich scientific, research or technical backgrounds from national platforms, science institutions, academic institutions, or technical agencies in European and Central Asia countries.

You may find the list of current members below, and more detailed biographies here.

 

National Experts

Armenia

 Austria

 

 

 Belgium

Lilit

Dr. Lilit Gevorgyan

Researcher at the Institute of Geological Sciences at the Armenian National Academy

 

 

Christian

Mr. Christian Resch

Managing Director Disaster Competence Network Austria

 

Debarati

Prof. Debarati Guha-Sapir

Professor at University of Louvain, School of Public Health

 Croatia

 France

 

 

 Germany

Svonko

Dr. Svonko Sigmund

Teaching assistant, University of Zagreb

 

 

 

Myriam

Prof. Myriam Merad

National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

 

Reimund

Prof. Reimund Schwarze

Head of Climate Change and Extreme Events RG, Leipzig

 Israel

 Italy

 

 

 Montenegro

Alexander

Dr. Alexander Altshuler

Head of the Research and Development Department at the Israel National Emergency Management Authority

 

 

Professor Fausto Guzzetti

Head of the DPC Office for technical and scientific activities for risk forecasting and prevention

 

Nina Serdar

Dr Nina Serdar

Assistant professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering University of Montenegro, scientific-research expert in Earthquake Engineering and Seismic risk assessment

 Russian Federation

 Slovenia

 

 

 Spain

Elena

Dr. Elena Arefyeva

Chief researcher of the All-Russian Research Institute for Civil Defense

 

 

 

Blaz

Dr. Blaz Komac

Head of Department of Natural Hazards at the Anton Melik Geographical

 

Urbano

Dr. Urbano Fra Paleo

Professor in Human Geography at the University of Extremadura

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 United Kingdom

 

 

Jorgen

Dr. Jorgen Sparf

Department of Social Sciences of the Mid Sweden University

 

 

 

Mark

Prof. Mark Pelling

Professor in Geography at the King’s College of London

 

Thematic Experts

Disaster Risk Management

Multi-hazard risk assessment, climate risk assessment

 

Risk modelling, wild fires

Dilanthi

Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga

Global Disaster Resilience Center, University of Huddersfield

 

Jaroslav

Dr. Jaroslav Mysiak

Director of the Risk Assessment and Adaptation Strategies division, the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change

 

Jean Louis

Dr. Jean Louis Rossi

Professor and coordinator of the risk modeling research group part of the project “Fire” of the University of Corte

Data management

Earth Observation & GIS

 

Liaison with JRC

Massimo

Mr. Massimo Migliorini

Data interoperability expert

 

Alexander

Prof. Alexander Siegmund

Professor of Physical Geography and its Didactics at the Heidelberg University of Education and Honorary Professor of Geography at the University of Heidelberg

 

Ian Clarke

Mr Ian Clarke

Young scientists

 

 

Cecilia Skarne

Cecilia Skarne

Delivery Consultant at 4C Strategies International (London) and representative in the UN Major Group for Youth and Children (UNMGCY). 

 

Signe

Dr. Signe Mikulane

 

Publications

A Green and resilient recovery for EuropeA green and resilient recovery for Europe

COVID-19 has caused great devastation in Europe and internationally. Governments worldwide are now spending vast sums of money on the economic recovery which will significantly influence our ability to deliver a green and resilient recovery. In this report, experts who are part of the European Science and Technology Advisory Group (E-STAG), analysed the COVID-19 recovery stimulus packages in the European Union through the Next Generation EU (NGEU) program. The analysis examines the steps taken to deliver a green and resilient recovery and indicates that current action is not commensurate with the sheer scale of the challenge – the rapid accumulation of disaster risk that is systemic, interconnected and cascading.

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Evolving Risk of Wildfires in EuropeEvolving Risk of Wildfires in Europe – Thematic paper by the European Science & Technology Advisory Group (E-STAG)

While the COVID-19 crisis is continuing to impact Europe, consuming a majority of attention and resources, other disaster risks still remain. For an increasing area of Europe, weather conditions are contributing to a dangerous wildfire season, exacerbated by a changing risk landscape. The European Science and Technology Group (E-STAG) thematic paper on wildfire aims to explain some key factors of this evolution for understanding the risk, reducing it, and avoiding the serious consequences of wildfires that have heavily impacted Europe in recent years.

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Socioeconomic and data challenges: Disaster risk reduction in Europe.pngSocioeconomic and data challenges: Disaster risk reduction in Europe

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) involves complex processes with different stakeholders at all administrative levels. Two elements in particular play a major role: the need to ensure stakeholders' interoperability through an efficient exchange of data, and the inclusion of socioeconomic factors which may influence DRR processes. This report aims at contributing to increase the global knowledge on these two elements, focusing on the related issues affecting DRR throughout the European continent. The information contained in this report would support national authorities and DRR stakeholders in the continued implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and to address the specificities identified by the EFDRR Road Map.

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 Disaster Prevention and ManagementData interoperability for disaster risk reduction in Europe

Disaster Prevention and Management Journal, ISSN: 0965-3562 https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/DPM-09-2019-0291/full/html  (Paper from the Data Group of E-STAG reported on the Disaster Prevention and Management Journal, ISSN: 0965-3562) (2019)

The role of data interoperability in disaster risk reduction: Barriers, challenges and regional initiatives The role of data interoperability in disaster risk reduction: Barriers, challenges and regional initiatives

Modern society is facing an unprecedented revolution. As highlighted by the International Council of Science and the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA-ICSU,​2018)​, digital technology offers profound opportunities for science to discover unsuspected patterns and relationships in nature and society, on scales from the molecular to the cosmic, from local health systems to global sustainability. It has created the potential for disciplines of science to synergize into a holistic understanding of the complex challenges currently confronting humanity; the Sustainable Development Goals are a direct reflection of this. Interdisciplinarity is obtained with integration of data across relevant disciplines.

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Other Contributions
  1. Contributions to specific sessions at the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction hosted by Portugal, November 2021.  
    1. EFDRR Plenary on COVID 19 and Systemic Risks
    2. Scaling Up DRR in Civil Protection and Healthcare
    3. Resilient Infrastructure
    4. Science-Policy interface
  2. Contribution to the UNDRR Roadmap 2021-2030 endorsed by Member States in November 2021.
  3. Contribution to the Horizon Europe Research and Innovation programme, 2021
  4. E-STAG expert contribution to UKRI COP26 Adaptation and Resilience programme. October 2021
  5. Support to the UNDRR Office of the Americas and the Caribbean to finalise the Cultural Heritage Addendum of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign, 2021.
  6. Invited to facilitate the key theme:   Urban Disaster Risk Reduction: Strengthening Risks Fragility and Resilience for Sustainable Development, at the “Disaster Risk Reduction – Local Resilience in Europe and Central Asia, Introduction to Geospatial Technologies for Achieving SDGs – Demographic Considerations, Organised by: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Europe and Central Asia (UNDRR ROECA )and the Regional Secretariat for Making Cities Resilient 2030 for Europe and Central Asia Date: July 2021
  7. Representation at the Scoping Workshop on Crisis prevention, preparedness, response and resilience, European Commission , February 2021 
  8. Representation as a member of the ISC-UNDRR Expert Review Group (ERG) for the Development of a new Global Disaster Risk Reduction Research Agenda towards 2030 and beyond. 2020 – 2021
  9. Contribution to the revision of the EU strategy for Climate Change Adaptation (European Commission, Directorate General, Climate Action - 2020)
  10. Input to the discussion paper: The Bank of England 2021 biennial exploratory scenario on the financial risks from climate change (input provided in 2020)
  11. Input at the Sendai Framework National Focal Points Europe and Central  Asia meeting held in December 2020, on “Integrating Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness with DRR”
  12. Support to the Bulgarian government for the assessment of the Bulgaria Disaster Risk Strategy, performed in early 2020. 
  13. Representation as a member of the MCR2030 Regional Coordination Committee for Europe, Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) National Strategy Assessment for Bulgaria (2020)
  14. Contribution to the Hazard Information Profiles  (UNDRR, 2019/2020).
  15. Invited to be a facilitator at the International Workshop on Local Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies, UNDRR Global Education Training Institute (GETI), Incheon, Republic of Korea. September 2019.
  16. Representation at the Science and Policy Forum for the Implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, 13-14 May 2019, Palais des Nations, Geneva. Co-organized by UNISDR Science Technology Advisory Groups (STAG), International Science, Council (ISC), and Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR
Contact Details

For more information about E-STAG, please contact undrr-roeca@un.org