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Peer Review programme

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What is it?

A peer review of disaster risk management and civil protection systems provides a country or a region with a unique opportunity to

  • reflect on its readiness to cope with natural and man-made disasters
  • to identify ways of strengthening its broader prevention and preparedness system

Managed by the European Commission's civil protection and humanitarian aid department (DG ECHO), the Peer Review programme is a tool made available to civil protection authorities of Member States, Participating States, Enlargement and Neighbourhood countries under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) legislation.

Why is this important?

The main objective is to facilitate the sharing of good practices in disaster risk management through an independent analysis, which is carried out by a team of experts (the “peers”) selected from different UCPM countries.

A peer review can assist civil protection authorities in improving its DRM capabilities, and

  • identify better approaches to policy and operations
  • facilitate mutual learning and exchange of good practice
  • raise awareness among stakeholders involved in DRM in the reviewed country
  • propose concrete recommendations

The Peer Review programme is carried out through a close partnership between DG ECHO, the team of peers and the civil protection authorities of the country under review. The review can be targeted at a specific aspect or sector of a country’s disaster risk management system.

To date, 14 countries have benefited from a peer review: the United Kingdom, Finland, Bulgaria, Georgia, Turkey, Estonia, Malta, Poland, Cyprus, North Macedonia, Tunisia, Serbia, Algeria and Portugal. Links to the reports can be found below.

Peer-reviewed countries

Country

Date

Review

Report

United Kingdom

2013

Building resilience to disasters: assessing the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action

en

Finland

2014

Building resilience to disasters: assessing the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action

en

Bulgaria

2015

General Disaster risk management

en - bg

Georgia

2015

Risk assessment and early warning

en - ge

Turkey

2015

General Disaster risk management

en - tk

Estonia

2016

Risk management capabilities

en

Malta

2016

Risk assessment

en

Poland

2016

Risk assessment

en - pl

Cyprus

2018

General Disaster Risk Management 

en

North Macedonia

2018

Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management

en

Tunisia

2018

Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management

en - fr

Serbia

2019

Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management

en

Algeria

2019

Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management

fr

Portugal

2019

Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management

en

Last updated
21/09/2020