The ENHANCE project will send a representative to the fifth Annual meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) taking place on 6-8 October 2014 in Madrid. Invited by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Prof. Dr. Jeroen Aerts, coordinator of the project, from the Institute for Environmental studies in Amsterdam (IVM), will host a session presenting the ENHANCE project.
EFDRR is intended to serve as the forum for exchanging information and knowledge, coordinating efforts throughout the Europe region and for providing advocacy for effective action to reduce disasters. The purpose of the meeting is to facilitate discussion, exchanges and synergies towards disaster risk reduction activities in Europe.
Based on a future projection of the ENHANCE project, the level of risks will increase. Prof. Dr. Jeroen Aerts is invited to share the early findings of the project that will help the EU and its member states to overcome the challenges that lay ahead.
Prof. Dr. Jeroen Aerts will discuss the ways to lower risks and the measures to be taken. He will showcase these on examples of the ENHANCE case studies, highlighting however that we also have to put in place instruments to compensate damages caused by residual risks that cannot be completely avoided.
Decision makers play an important part in the process of risk prevention. Therefore, Prof Dr. Jeroen Aerts will further talk about the fact that decision makers need to have good information, among other, on what risks we are facing, how will the risks increase and what the costs of measures are.
Finally, he will highlight the importance of risks partnerships between companies and governments. While in some EU countries this kind of cooperation is already fully developed, the EU has to stimulate its further increase. Developing and improving partnerships between actors of different sectors is at the heart of the ENHANCE project.
The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction is a genuine opportunity for ENHANCE to receive feedback from policy makers on the value of the information generated by the project and to collect opinions on how to stimulate EU member states to implement measures decreasing future risks.
Note to readers:
The ENHANCE project is committed to deliver policy recommendations to help decision-makers and private sectors improve Europe’s resilience to disasters.
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Swenja Surminski, Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Jeroen Aerts from the Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam participated to the flood panel discussion. An summary of the discussions is available here.