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As we release this edition of our newsletter, it's with great anticipation that we turn our attention to the 7th Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) Annual Seminar. This year's seminar is pivotal, as it seeks to bridge the gap between the wealth of knowledge we've amassed and the actionable strategies we need to implement in the face of escalating climate and disaster risks while we move ahead towards the COP28 Climate Summit.


With these thoughts, we invite you to dive into the pages of the Flash News, which encapsulates the spirit of innovation and collaboration that the DRMKC stands for. 

Main Highlights
Three Reasons Why You Should Join the 7th DRMKC Annual Seminar

The 7th DRMKC Seminar aims to turn knowledge into action for disaster resilience, focusing on risk management, early warning, and communication amidst rising climate and disaster risks. Here are three reasons why you should consider follow the webstreaming.

September floods: EU’s CEMS forecasts and maps helped response and aid efforts

The EU's Copernicus Emergency Management Service supported disaster risk management during floods in Greece, Libya, and Spain thanks to its forecasting tools and detailed damage assessments.

Science4Peace: A data-driven toolkit for conflict early warning and crisis management

The Science4Peace portal merges conflict monitoring, forecasting, and detailed mapping to bolster early conflict warning, prevention, situational awareness, and crisis management. It encompasses four essential analytical tools: structural conflict risk assessment, short-term conflict prediction, real-time conflict event tracking, and crisis mapping. A new policy brief has just been published.

Drought Risk Atlas: heightened risk threatens the environment and the economy

Thanks to an innovative approach, combining expert knowledge and machine learning, the first European Drought Risk Atlas offers a detailed and disaggregated view on the risks posed by droughts to our societies and ecosystems, calling for the creation of strategies to safeguard the economy and environment.

Drones and planes: unprecedented imagery resolution supports disaster assessment

Drones and planes are enhancing the EU's disaster response, offering high-resolution imagery that complements satellite data. This advancement aids in accurate damage assessment and recovery tracking, promising a significant impact on future disaster management efforts.

RDH's New Application Programming Interface for Accessing European Data

The Risk Data Hub (RDH) offers now access to the data through an Application Programming Interface (API) for streamlined access to European disaster risk data. It offers up-to-date, Europe-wide data, enabling robust search and filtering for users via programming or a user-friendly interface. This enhances data dissemination, supporting a deeper understanding of disaster risks and effective policy development.

Boosting Local Disaster Planning: Training on INFORM Methodology and MapAction Partnership

We are excited to share the latest advancements in the INFORM Subnational risk models developments. The INFORM subnational risk models support national authorities with disaster risk reduction planning at the local level.

Additional Resources
Disaster risk management: scientific publications from Q2 2023
We have put together a collection of scientific publications produced by the Disaster Risk Management Unit of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. The studies have been published between April and June 2023. The compendium of scientific outputs is regularly updated and made available on the DRMKC scientific output page.
Geographical Discrepancies in Healthcare Accessibility within Sub-Saharan Africa
Research on Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) reveals a healthcare gap between urban and rural areas. In cities, 95% live within 30 mins of healthcare, while in rural areas, only 65% do. As urbanization increases, city healthcare faces pressure, highlighting a need for collaborative solutions.
Commission publishes new flood risk areas viewer to raise awareness about significant flood risks
EU unveils an online viewer, mapping over 14,000 areas at significant flood risk. This tool aids in raising awareness, preparation, and adaptation to extreme weather events, supporting decision-makers in mitigating climate risks effectively.
Countering the threat of civil drones: Commission presents new measures
In recent years, a great number of safety and security incidents concerning drones have been reported in Europe, many of which are caused by actors with criminal, illegal or even terrorist intent. JRC releases two handbooks to counter civil drone threats. They offer strategies for risk assessment and mitigation, focusing on cost-effective, multifunctional measures to address the rising of illegal and malicious use of drones.

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