Science-Policy Interface

European-level disaster science partnerships for operational preparedness and response to major natural disaster based on networks of scientific centres, in support of the ERCC and Member States.

At the bottom the page, the list of Seminar of the Knowledge Centre for Disaster Risk Management

Community of Users

Lead DG:
DG HOME
Link:
Current Mandate:
Forum of information exchanges, improvement of synergies, identification of promising tools and technologies, better channelling of information, development of synergies.
Role of the DRM Knowledge Centre:
Provide visibility and information on the work of the network.

EU Loss and Damage Expert Group

Lead DG:
JRC
Link:
Loss Data
Current Mandate:

Guidance on Sharing and Recording Loss and Damage Data in the EU

What you can’t measure, you can’t manage. Disasters prevented, losses that did not occur and less socio-economic impact on society are not easily accounted for. To do so, impacts of disasters must be recorded at quite a detailed level and using methodologies that allow aggregation over space and time. Moving from anecdotal evidence driven mainly by media coverage of disastrous events to a scientific method to consistently and accurately recording losses is essential. 

In the EU, the EU Disaster Loss Data Expert Working Group has been working since 2013 to develop guidance and standards.

Role of the DRM Knowledge Centre:
  • Consolidate networks on Disaster Loss and Damage Data and Risk Assessment in DRMKC and further develop guidelines on disaster loss and damage data;
  • Contribute to the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR (priority 1a);

Members

  • EU Member States and Participating States + International and academic experts
  • All Member States and Participating States are encouraged to participate

Key publications

EU Disaster Prevention Expert Group

Lead DG:
DG ECHO
Link:
Current Mandate:
Network of EU experts on National Risk Assessments, mandated to work on Risk Assessment, support the development of an overview of risks and explore further work on methodology and improving the risk assessment process.
Role of the DRM Knowledge Centre:
Scientific support: risk assessment methodology; overview of risks.

European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection

Lead DG:
JRC
Link:
ERNCIP
Current Mandate:

ERNCIP aims at providing a framework within which experimental facilities and laboratories will share knowledge and expertise in order to harmonise test protocols throughout Europe, leading to better protection of critical infrastructures against all types of threats and hazards.

ERNCIP mission is to foster the emergence of innovative, qualified, efficient and competitive security solutions, through the networking of European experimental capabilities. The keywords of the mission statement together with their meanings are:

  • Innovative: To provide stakeholders of ERNCIP with state-of-the-art services and/or knowledge
  • Qualified: To provide access to certified and accredited facilities and relative expertise
  • Efficient: To provide the requested products, services and/or knowledge in the most timely and lean manner so as to satisfy the ERNCIP stakeholders
  • Competitive: To provide a complete and exhaustive product, service and/or knowledge offering in the most favourable conditions for the ERNCIP stakeholders
  • Security solutions: Such as laboratory availability, certifications, labelling, best practices, relative dissemination, testing practices, etc.
  • Experimental capabilities: to provide a complete and exhaustive suite of experimental facilities, methods and knowledge to suit the needs of the ERNCIP stakeholders

 

Copernicus

Lead DG:
DG GROW
Link:
Copernicus
Current Mandate:

Copernicus is a European system for monitoring the Earth. Copernicus consists of a complex set of systems which collect data from multiple sources: earth observation satellites and in situ sensors such as ground stations, airborne and sea-borne sensors. It processes these data and provides users with reliable and up-to-date information through a set of services related to environmental and security issues. The services address six thematic areas: land, marine, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management and security. They support a wide range of applications, including environment protection, management of urban areas, regional and local planning, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, health, transport, climate change, sustainable development, civil protection and tourism.

EU Natech Expert Group

Lead DG:
JRC
Link:
RAPID-N
Current Mandate:
Forum of members from EU competent authorities related to chemical accident prevention and preparedness, as well as disaster risk reduction.
Role of the DRM Knowledge Centre:
  • Establishment of a JRC-led technical EU Natech expert group for exchange of knowledge and best practices on Natech risk reduction
  • Organisation of training workshops on risk assessment and on the use of the RAPID-N tool for rapid Natech risk assessment and mapping

Technical Working Group for Seveso Inspections

Lead DG:
JRC
DG GROWTH
Link:
Current Mandate:
Technical Working Group for Seveso Inspections which produces technical tools for risk management for both government and industry through mechanisms such as the Common Inspection Criteria briefs, best practice reports from the MJV Seveso Inspections workshops and as a general forum for exchanging specific enforcement and technical issues associated with chemical accident risk management.
Role of the DRM Knowledge Centre:
  • Completion of the internal testing of the Accident Damage Assessment Module (ADAM); Creation of a software model to depict the consequence calculations into a GIS platform to create consequence maps of an accident
  • Publication of the Land-Use Planning Scenarios Handbook
  • Development and further extension of the Accident Damage Analysis Model (ADAM) prototype from only source terms to include also the physical effects resulting from fires, explosions and toxic dispersions

INFORM partnership on global risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters

Lead DG:
JRC
DG ECHO
Link:
INFORM
Current Mandate:
INFORM is a partnership of 16 UN agencies, donors, development agencies and scientific organisations to build methods for global, open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters.
Role of the DRM Knowledge Centre:
  • Widening INFORM partnership to address risk beyond the humanitarian field. Promote the uptake of INFORM, probabilistic methods (GAR) and hybrid methods for decision-making processes in EU Member States, neighboring states and development countries;
  • Community (Facebook, Twitter)

Global Flood Partnership

Lead DG:
JRC
Link:
GFP
Current Mandate:

Cooperation framework between scientific organisations and flood disaster managers worldwide to develop flood observational and modelling infrastructure, leveraging on existing initiatives for better predicting and managing flood disaster impacts and flood risk globally;

The Global Flood Partnership (GFP) is an informal network of scientists and practitioners from public, private and international organisations interested in global flood monitoring, modelling and forecasting.

The overall objective of the Partnership is the development of flood observational and modelling infrastructure, leveraging on existing initiatives for better predicting and managing flood disaster impacts and flood risk globally.

Role of the DRM Knowledge Centre:
  • 2016: development of the Secretariat of the GFP ; production of a Report on the progress of the GFP service and toolbox pillar; organisation of the annual 2016 GFP Conference.
  • 2017: establish risk management services of the GFP; organise the 2017 GFP annual conference.
  • Community Forum

Space Weather

Lead DG:
JRC
Link:
Current Mandate:
ganisation of a workshop on space weather impact on railways; Organisation of a summit for government stakeholders to take stock of space weather risk reduction efforts in the EU and to identify remaining gaps.
Role of the DRM Knowledge Centre:
  • Gather EU stakeholders to identify remaining gaps in prevention and preparing for potential space-weather related disaster risks and support scenario building and risk assessment at EU level for this type of transboundary risk
  • Support international collaboration and coordination