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SCIENCE FOR DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT 2017 Knowing better and losing less

The Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre has produced first flagship science report "Science for disaster risk management 2017: knowing better and losing less".

This report is the result of the multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary networking process and represents the combined effort of more than two hundred, mostly European, experts. It will support the integration of science into informed decision making through synthesizing and translating evidence for disaster risk management and strengthening the science-policy and science-operation interface.

It shows a holistic understanding of both, disaster risk addressing  hazards, exposure and vulnerability as well as  disaster risk management focusing on all four phases of disaster cycle through a systematic multi-hazard assessment overview of existing disaster risk knowledge.

The report highlights the further need of  new research avenues to  address the multi-risk impacts of natural and human-induced hazards  as well as  the cascading effects of those hazards in order to integrate this information into overall assessment

This report is a contribution to the Science and Technology Roadmap, and specifically addresses, from a European perspective, topic 1.1 “Assess and update the current state of data, scientific and local and indigenous knowledge and technical expertise availability on disaster risks reduction and fill the gaps with new knowledge.”

Below you can find the latest version of the Executive Summary and the Entire Document, as well as the specific chapters, sections and sub-chapters of the report.

Download: Entire Document - Executive Summary - Report by chapters and subchapters




The Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) is starting to prepare the second Report in the "Science for Disaster Risk Management" flagship series, to be launched by the end of 2020.


Recommendations for National Risk Assessment for Disaster Risk Management in EU

The Disaster Risk Management Centre has produced in the collaboration with more than 20 scientists the Science for Policy Report titled "Recommendations for National Risk Assessment for Disaster Risk Management in EU: Approaches for identifying, analysing and evaluating risks, Version 0".

This Science for Policy report aims to provide scientific support to the Union Civil Protection Mechanism Participating States and national authorities in charge of the preparation of National Risk Assessment process.

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EU4FACTS - Evidence for Policy Community

European Commission's Joint Research Centre operates at the interface between evidence production and policymaking as part of the Commission's decision-making process. We support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle, by producing, managing and making sense of scientific knowledge.