10th EU Loss Data Workshop

6th - 8th November 2017, Brussels, Belgium



This expert meeting is organised to assist Member States in identifying efficient strategies for allowing DRR National Platforms to foster the collection and use of loss data within the country, with special emphasis on delivering the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Indicators and monitoring its implementation, while strengthening its links with related EU policies.

The objectives of the 10th meeting of the EU expert Working Group on Disaster Damage and Loss Data (DDLD) will aim at bringing together governance and technical issues, including:


  • Involve existing DRR national focal points within MS into the DDLD WG and steer participation from relevant stakeholders on national platforms;
  • Provide additional support and capitalise on the efforts made by National Platforms in loss data activities and in implementing the Sendai Indicators;
  • Explore efficient mechanisms to respond to MS needs in terms of recording procedures and indicator delivery, broadly covering different EU policy requirements and global initiatives – same data serving multiple purposes;
  • Underline the multiple benefits at national level that might be reached by developing a program to collect DDLD in a coordinated manner;
  • Recognise the relevant role of the insurance sector in the collection of DDLD and define inclusive plans considering their prominent role.


  • Sharing experience on operational data collection (assessment and recording at local level, aggregation process, uncertainty measures);
  • Explore different tools and recently developed methods (e.g. economic loss accounting methods, sampling, remote sensing);
  • Compare and where appropriate harmonise different structures of loss databases and their indicators, while covering the minimum requirements for reporting at EU/UN level.




Furthermore, the workshop includes a set of horizontal objectives, namely:

  • Overcome potential obstacles in accomplishing the loss data recording required to comply with the agreed Sendai Framework Indicators;
  • Facilitate the exchange on best practices, progresses and planned activities to achieve such requirements;
  • Share available tools for recording loss data according to EU policies and the Sendai Framework, through the Support Service of the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC);
  • Identify the needs to further develop and support activities in monitoring the implementation of Sendai indicators.

The workshop will gather experts from Member States, Neighbourhood countries and international organisations. The workshop is expected to deliver progress on:

  • Reporting for Sendai Framework: synthesise the approach to Sendai Indicators and other relevant international frameworks;
  • Exploiting DDLD for multiple purposes (Flood Directive, Solidarity Fund, Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Change strategic agenda, Critical Infrastructure Protection legislation, Urban planning policies, etc.);
  • National stakeholder mapping: identify the stakeholders that already collect loss data in the country, possess data relevant to disaster loss database, and are able to share it;
  • Expert Working Group dissemination: contact and link the national authorities responsible for EU and international DRR activities using loss data, and make them familiar with the work of the Loss Data Expert Working Group;
  • Summary progress report: prepare a summary with a special focus on identified Member States needs for implementing the Sendai Indicators.

  • Day #1 , Monday 6 November 2017

  • National Platforms' role in loss data collection chaired & moderated by UNISDR

    This session aims to discuss how countries can build national loss databases that comply with Sendai indicators, but also with other national and EU requirements. National Platforms will present their approaches on recording and processing data, identifying and involving key partners and stakeholders, and point out challenges and needs.
  • Day # 2 , Tuesday 7 November 2017

      • Sectorial approaches to loss data chaired & moderated by DG ECHO

        The value of disaster loss data goes beyond monitoring. Loss data is a key to inform risk assessment processes, policy making in disaster risk prevention, urban and sustainable development policies and build-up of national capacity for risk management in general. This session will showcase how different stakeholders could benefit from collaboration and new technologies and present uses for loss data beyond Sendai Framework reporting.
  • Progress in loss databases at national level chaired & moderated by JRC

    In this technically focused session, good practices are discussed, including their contribution to reporting on Sendai and other EU and global loss data requirements. EC efforts to share knowledge, facilitate exchanges and support technology transer shall be highlighted.
  • eEM-DAT special session – chaired & moderated by CRED

    eEM-DAT (European Emergency Events Database) is a new tool currently being developed within the context of the Horizon 2020 project BRIGAID, which is aimed at effectively bridging the gap between innovators and end-users in resilience to floods, droughts and extreme weather events. It is based on the already existing EM-DAT, however the impact of disasters within Europe will be registered on a lower administrative level, e.g. province or even municipality.
  • Day # 3, Wednesday 8 November 2017

      • Loss data collection for better prevention chaired & moderated by JRC

        A roundtable session to define next steps for developing multi-risk and multi-purpose loss databases that contribute to disaster prevention. Suggested questions:
        • How to establish, activate and steer a network of relevant national stakeholders?
        • How to use external expertise, best practices and lessons learnt?
        • How to prepare feasible roadmaps and action plans for DDLD collection?
        • What common needs may be identified that could result in new policies and/or tools to support national, regional and local authorities?
    • Answers to questions

        • Jiri Musilek
          Fire Rescue Service of the Czech Republic (IZSCR)
        • Scira Menoni
          Politecnico di Milano
        • Veronica Casartelli
          Protezione Civile Italiana
    • Wrap-up conclusions

      • Reporting back from the roundtable session
        • All
    • Summary and next steps



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