The purpose of the second loss data workshop was to create an inventory of loss data recording systems in EU Member States, compare technical specifications, and explore opportunities for standardization. The specific objectives were:
- Have concise technical presentations on the data structures and methodologies to collect loss data
- Identify common approaches and areas that need further standardization
- Understand current limitations and identify the best opportunities for improvement
- Form an informal working group to develop an EU technical standard
During the workshop, participants discussed issues of sharing loss data at EU level as well as at international level as a part of the post-2015 HFA2 process. Having in mind the tight deadlines of the HFA2 consultation process, the participants of the workshop agreed on common language and definitions regarding loss data that should be advocated during HFA2 consultations. To drive technical discussions, a challenge was put forward for the workshop: share summary data in prescribed formats at EU level. Participants were encouraged to prepare data and material to fulfill the challenge, and report on difficulties they encountered and solutions they opted for.
Overall, the workshop has successfully met the initial objectives and continued a process of an informal working group within the EU, but also with non-EU partners, developing guidelines and standards related to disaster loss data recording.