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1 1 Demetrio Innocenti UNISDR Regional Office for Europe Building the future we want: Disaster Resilience at the Grassroots Level Dubrovnik, Croatia 06 September 2013

2 2 Coordinate: (How Organise: GP, RP, NP) international efforts disaster risk reduction and provide guidance for the implementation of the HFA and monitor its implementation. Advocate: (Encourage - Climate Change, Education, Gender, MDG) for greater investment in disaster risk reduction actions to protect peoples lives and assets. Campaign: (Promote – Making Cities Resilient, Safe Schools and Hospitals Sasakawa Award) Inform: (Provide – GAR, HFA Report, Terminology, PreventionWeb) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) main functions

3 3 Greater exposure to natural and human- induced hazards, climate change and variability Socio-economic drivers: poverty and unsustainable development, unplanned urban growth and migrations, lack of risk awareness and institutional capacities... Physical drivers: insufficient land use planning, housing & critical infrastructure located in hazard prone areas... Environmental degradation: ecosystem and natural resource depletion (coastal, watershed, wetlands, forests…) VULNERABILITY HAZARDS + EXTREME EVENTS Disasters are NOT natural

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5 5 Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters Five priorities for action 1.Governance: ensure that disaster risk reduction is a national and local priority with strong institutional basis for implementation 2.Risk identification: identify, assess and monitor disaster risks and enhance early warning 3.Knowledge: use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels 4.Reducing the underlying risk factors in various sectors (environment, health, construction, etc.) 5.Strengthen disaster preparedness for effective response Words Into Action: A Guide for Implementing the Hyogo Framework

6 6 Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready! 2010 – 2011 (2012-2015) World Disaster Reduction Campaign Launched in 2010 in Bonn Building on the previous World Disaster Reduction Campaign – Safer Schools and Hospitals Objectives: Achieve resilient, sustainable urban communities through actions taken by local governments to reduce disaster risk Know More Invest Wisely Build More Safely

7 7 Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready! 421 European cities have signed up. 1498 globally. Armenia: Yerevan, Gyumri Austria: 279 cities incl. Innsbruck, Lienz, etc. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo Centar Croatia: Bjelovar, Dubrovnik, Zagreb Denmark: Copenhagen France: Nice, Sommières Germany: Bonn Greece: Patrass Iceland: Arborg Ireland: Dublin Italy: 51 cities incl. Ancona, Venice, Rome, Florence Kosovo*: Pristine Portugal: Amadora,Cascais, Funchal, Lisbon Serbia: 50 cities including Nis Spain: Bullas, Lugo, Madrid, Barcelona Sweden: Arvika, Karlstadt, Kristianstad, Gothenburg, Jonkoping, Jokkmokk Switzerland: Davos Tajikistan: Dushanbe The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Strumica Turkey: Antalya, Istanbul, Yalova United Kingdom: Stoke-on-Trent Ukraine: Ivano-Frankivsk,Grabovets, Roslina, Yarblunka European Champion: Mayor of Venice, Mr Giorgio Orsoni

8 8 Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready! Ten-Point check list – Essentials for Making Cities Resilient 1. Put in place organization & coordination to clarify everyones roles & responsibilities. 2. Assign a budget & provide incentives for homeowners, low-income families, private sector to invest in risk reduction. 3. Update data on hazards & vulnerabilities, prepare & share risk assessments. 4. Invest in & maintain critical infrastructure, such as storm drainage. 5. Assess the safety of all schools and health facilities & upgrade these as necessary (1 million safe schools). 6. Enforce risk-compliant building regulations & land use planning principles, identify safe land for low-income citizens. 7. Ensure education programmes & training on disaster risk reduction are in place in schools and local communities. 8. Protect ecosystems & natural buffers to mitigate hazards, adapt to climate change. 9. Install early warning systems & emergency management capacities. 10. After any disaster, ensure that the needs of the affected population are at the centre of reconstruction.

9 9 Campaign kit Translated in Croatian: National Protection and Rescue Directorate Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LGSAT) Key questions and measurements against the Ten Essentials (HFA) Set baselines, identify gaps and have comparable data across local governments, within the country and globally, to measure advancements over time Cities in Europe concluding the LGSAT Venice (Italy) Amadora, Lisbon (Portugal) Arvika, Gothenburg, Jonkoping, Karlstad (Sweden)

10 10 UNISDR-WMO Building Disaster Resilience in Western Balkans and Turkey Donor: EC DG Enlargement – through the Instrument for Pre- Accession Assistance (IPA) under the Regional Multi-Beneficiary Programming 2011- 2013: Sector: Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction. Contributions: 2,200,000 Euro (IPA); 390,000 Euro UNISDR and WMO contributions. Total budget 2,590,000 Euro Implementation timeframe: 21 May 2012 – 20 May 2014

11 11 UNISDR Focus areas 1. Enhance the regional institutional capacity and coordination on to disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change. 2. Strengthen the regional capacity and cooperation towards data and knowledge sharing on risks. 3. Promote disaster risk transfer through insurance and reinsurance products. 4. Increase public awareness in disaster risk reduction

12 12 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) European Regional Platform for DRR September 2013, Oslo, Norway WG 2 – HFA implementation at the local level Members: Sweden, Italy, Portugal, DG ECHO, EUR-OPA (Council of Europe) City of Amadora Ongoing tasks - Conduct a survey on Local level DRR measures undertaken - Share experiences in using the LGSAT

13 13 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction Damir Čemerin Award of Local Change

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15 15 Thank you The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Regional Office for Europe UN House, 14 Rue Montoyer 1000, Brussels, Belgium T: +32 (0) 22 902 588 F: +32 (0) 22 904 950

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