(l-r) Michael Linhart, Austrian Deputy Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs listens to Kirsi Madi, UNISDR Director speaking at the OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting
The role of disaster risk reduction was at the heart of discussions this week on he implementation of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) commitments on environment and energy.
Meteoalarm uses simple colour coding and jargon-free explanations to help the public understanding real-time weather risks (Photo: Meteoalarm)
Rolled out in the wake of one of the deadliest storms to strike Europe in decades, the continent-wide weather information service Meteoalarm plays a life-saving role by raising public awareness of how to curb risks, and fosters international cooperation into the bargain.

The policy brief informs local policymakers about the current trends and activities taking place in selected cities that have signed up to the Making Cities Resilient Campaign since 2010. The Summary draws largely on the findings of the Making Cities

Community risk assessment workshop in Lienz, Austria. (Credit: Andreas Kohler)
In Tyrol, Austria, a poster showing a green valley with snow-capped mountains in the distance greeted delegates to a conference on climate change – a beautiful summer scene which hides a potential nightmare scenario for winter tourism in the alps.