Barcelona greening of neighbourhood squares
Barcelona is creating a more attractive and climate-friendly environment for its inhabitants. Change is happening before the eyes of its 1.6 million citizens as well as the wider world keen to learn from this consistently innovative city
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.

The Making Cities Sustainable and Resilient Action is a joint initiative of UNISDR, UN-Habitat and the European Commission aiming to improve the understanding of, and capacity to, address disaster risks and build resilience at the local level, including

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.

This study presents a risk assessment carried out in Colombia, Belize and Spain with an open model that can be used by every government or user: the CAPRA (Comprehensive Approach to Probabilistic Risk Assessment) platform. This platform is open access

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.