Spain

This contribution to the GAR Special Report on Drought 2021 is a case study on Guadiana. It focusses on the implementation of the EU WFD and EU Drought Policy; and transboundary cooperation in drought planning and management.
UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, addressing the High School Students Summit for World Tsunami Awareness Day
For the third year, Japan hosted a High School Students Summit to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day. UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, urged them to become youth ambassdors for disaster risk reduction.
Forest fires are a major concern for European scientists working on disaster risk.
A new European Science and Technology Advisory Group (E-STAG) convened this week in Sofia, Bulgaria, to focus on improving disaster risk knowledge in 55 countries across Europe and Central Asia.
Tsunami survivors and campaigners Ms. Petra Nemcova (right) and Mr. Tomas Alvarez Belon (left), with Mr. Neil McFarlane of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (Photo: UNISDR)
One is a Czech model-turned-activist, and the other a student who hails from Spain. Their lives changed forever on 26 December 2004, when they were caught up in the tragedy of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Both have become tireless campaigners for disaster risk reduction.
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.
Portugal is battling wildfires both on the mainland and on the Atlantic island of Madeira pictured here.
Wildfires are a growing disaster hazard in many parts of the world. We can expect to see more of them as heatwaves and drought become more frequent and intense.
The Mayor of Lorca, Francisco Jódar Alonso Damir, receiving the Damir Čemerin award today from the Head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlstrom, watched by Jadran Perinic, Director General of the National Protection and Rescue Directorate of Croatia. (Photo: Dirección General de Protección Civil y Emergencias, España)
The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) today presented the mayor of the Spanish town of Lorca with the Damir Čemerin award for his work in caring for the elderly, and promoting disaster reduction awareness, following a devastating earthquake in 2011.
Opening today in Madrid of the 5th annual European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction. (Photo: Dirección General de Protección Civil y Emergencias, España)
Host Spain told the 5th annual European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) today that it had a great opportunity to influence the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
Left to right: The President of the Canary Islands, Spain, Paulino Rivero, in discussion with UNISDR Head of Advocacy, Jerry Velasquez, at this week's conference on resilience at the Auditorium Adam Martin, Santa Cruz, Tenerife. (Photo: UNISDR)
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today welcomed 64 municipalities spread across Spain’s volcanic chain of seven Canary Islands into the Making Cities Resilient Campaign, which now has 1,800 adherents around the world.
<b>Under pressure: </b>Lanzarote is seeking to build a sustainable future for its residents and the millions of tourists who visit the island.
The 10 essentials of the Making Cities Resilient have formed a key part of a series of ambitious local action plans to strengthen sustainable development in Lanzarote. A coalition of political representatives and 33 community sectors who comprise the Biosphere Reserve Committee have joined to drive the impressive effort to strengthen local resilience on the Canary Island, in the Atlantic, off the north-west coast of Africa. An integrated management system has been developed covering 10 sectors, including energy, water and waste management, to strengthen climate change mitigation and adaptation.