Brussels (BE) - 06/12/12
Carnegie Group meeting
On 6 December 2012, the JRC organised a meeting of senior officials from the G8+5 Carnegie Group members (Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America), as well as from the World Bank and the United Nations. The meeting was organised upon request of Ms Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, following discussions at the June 2012 Carnegie Group meeting.
The aim of this high level meeting was to take stock of existing initiatives related to disaster management and reflect upon the development of partnerships to advance international scientific collaboration on improving disaster anticipation and resilience.
As recalled by the Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn in the introductory address, disaster resilience, and in particular prevention and preparedness, are an increasingly high priority on the global political agenda. Science and technology already offer key solutions to improve preparedness and response to natural and man-made disasters, including those triggered by climate change.
The JRC is very active in this area in the context of the European Monitoring and Information Centre of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. It works with national and international partners on crisis management technologies, analysis and application of remote sensing data, natural hazard modelling, information mining/analysis for vulnerability assessments and civil engineering.
Currently, numerous European and international activities and scientific programmes addressing disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response lead to continuous improvements in tools and infrastructures, as well as to an increased knowledge base on disaster related data, methods and models. A comprehensive approach and enhanced coherence of these global efforts would provide for an improved preparedness towards the complexity of disaster risks the world faces in the 21st century.
The meeting provided an opportunity for productive exchanges and the participants had converged upon the need of an urgent joint and proactive action to reduce disaster risks across the globe. As highlighted by Mr. Dominique Ristori, JRC Director-General, in the conclusions of the meeting, this implies tackling three priorities: (i) more science is needed for developing expertise in disaster management, (ii) we need more solid data and modelling, (iii) the link between science & policy as well as science & society should be more developed.
Avaiable meeting documents
- Building the future we want promoting disaster resilient nations and communities - Paola Albrito Head, UNISDR Europe Regional Office
- The scientific support that is being used for anticipation of disasters and resilience - French participation - Catherine Truffert, on behalf of Roger Genet, General Director of research and innovation, French Ministry of higher education and research
- Scientific Support to Disaster Management in China - Jianjun WU, On behalf of Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology
- Disaster resilience and anticipation: data, methods, and models, and emerging adaptation strategies - Yoshihiro KIZAWA , Toshiyuki HASHIMOTO, Japan
Comments on the slides
- Natural and Technological Disaster - Facts & Figures - David Wilkinson, European Commission, Joint Research Centre