Disaster Risk Reduction - policy

Disaster Risk Reduction - policy

Disaster Risk Reduction - policy

The European Union seeks to increasingly incorporate disaster risk reduction into its development cooperation activities.
 
Natural disasters are becoming increasingly frequent. They have devastating effects on the development of a country and can destroy the achievements of long-standing initiatives, including those financed by development cooperation. And indeed, poor countries are particularly vulnerable to disasters, since their mechanisms for disaster preparedness and mitigation are usually weak.
 
Weather-related disasters can be due to the effects of climate change, a trend which will grow in future, making the mitigation of disaster risks a key factor for the successful implementation of development strategies.
 
The EU adopted a Communication on an EU strategy for supporting disaster risk reduction in developing countries in February 2009. With this Communication, it aims to ensure closer cooperation with developing countries in efforts to reduce the risk of disasters. The Communication was further complemented by the EU implementation plan for disaster risk reduction in developing countries 2011-14.
 
In October 2012, the European Commission adopted a new communication -  The EU Approach to Resilience: Learning from Food Security Crises - on helping vulnerable communities in crisis prone areas across the world build resilience to future shocks. The communication draws lessons from the extensive experience of responding to recent food crises across the globe and outlines the concrete measures that the European Union is taking to help vulnerable populations reduce the impact of future crises and disasters.
 
An Action Plan for Resilience in Crisis Prone Countries 2013-2020 was adopted in June 2013, which sets out proposals for the way forward on the implementation of the principles and priorities outlined in the Communication and the Council Conclusions. It lays the foundations for more effective EU collaborative action on building resilience, bringing together humanitarian action, long-term development cooperation and on-going political engagement.
 
The Resilience Action Plan adds value to existing policy frameworks and commitments by maximising synergies between interventions across thematic areas, including on DRR. The Action Plan also links resilience to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), post 2015 development agenda and the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).
 

/europeaid/file/un-environment-programme-eco-drr_enUN Environment Programme - Eco-DRR

  

/europeaid/file/un-environment-european-commission-congo-river-partners-and-disaster-risk-reduction_enUN Environment - European Commission: Congo, River Partners and Disaster Risk Reduction

  

/europeaid/file/un-environment-and-eu-afghanistan-mountain-partners_enUN Environment and the EU: Afghanistan, Mountain Partners

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