European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement

Created in 1987, the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) is a platform for co-operation between European and Southern Mediterranean countries in the field of major natural and technological disasters. Its field of action covers the knowledge of hazards, risk prevention, risk management, post-crisis analysis and rehabilitation. (more...)

News ... (25/07/2014)

New Publication

Major Hazards and People with DisabilitiesMajor Hazards and People with Disabilities -
Their Involvement in Disaster Preparedness and Response

Disability couvThe publication provides an overview of the state of the art in emergency, preparedness and disaster risk reduction for people with disabilities. It asks whether an adequate level of resilience has been achieved by and on behalf of people with disabilities. The publication begins by defining disability and clarifying questions of ethics regarding the right of people with disabilities to an acceptable level of protection in situations of high disaster risk. In considering the institutional framework for achieving such protection, the publication considers the implementation shortfall, in which established principles have not been sufficiently activated. Planning, training and exercising need to be improved, and examples of good practice adapted to new environments and circumstances. The publication shows that there is much potential to improve emergency preparedness for people with disabilities, and the arguments for doing so are indisputable.

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5th International Disaster and Risk Conference - IDRC Davos 2014
24-28 August 2014, Davos, Switzerland

GRFThe International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2014 is organised by GRF Davos in close cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement is a co-hosting organisation of the event and will be presenting its work on the inclusion of people with disabilities in disaster preparedness and response and more largely on vulnerable groups. The Agreement will be organising a special Panel and a Session on that topic. The long-term objective of this participation is to reinforce the cooperation between the Council of Europe and the Global Risk Forum and to promote the Agreement's work on people with disabilities and disaster reduction.

IDRC Davos 2014 Conference Agenda
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"I saw the disaster with my eyes" - International Competition for Children's Paintings

logoThe Directorate General of Fire Safety and Civil Protection (Ministry of Interior of Bulgaria), together with the Ministry of Education and Science and the National Palace of Children, organise a new edition of the International Art Competition for Children's Paintings "I saw the disaster with my eyes". The Competition, conducted under the auspices of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe, is open to children between the ages of 6 and 18. The deadline for sending the paintings is 20 September 2014.

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Civil protection in diverse societies:
migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the context of major risks prevention and management
12-13 June 2014, Strasbourg

EUR-OPA and Intercultural cities have joined their expertise to organise a workshop which will explore the access and participation of migrants, refugees and asylums seekers to disaster prevention, protection and response mechanisms and their contribution to making such mechanisms more adequate in relation to migrants’ needs. The workshop brought together representatives of civil protection administrations of EUR-OPA member States and of civil protection agencies from cities members of the Intercultural cities network, as well as representatives of migrants’ organisations. The key questions discussed were how civil protection bodies take into account the specificity of migrant populations (language, cultural and lifestyle differences) while conceiving and implementing protection and evacuation schemes; and how these populations can be encouraged to take part in this work and contribute to the development of more effective schemes, adapted to diverse societies.

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The future of cultural heritage in "smart" cities
6-9 October 2014, Ravello, Italy

RavelloThe European University Centre on Cultural Heritage in Ravello is organising a doctoral course on the future of cultural heritage in "smart" cities. The Course will combine understanding of the impact of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage with the development of cities that need to be “smart” in order to flourish in the 21st century. The Course will therefore consider the pressures that climate and air quality exert on historic materials and structures and how innovative approaches to making cities “smart”, can influence the Cultural Heritage in its urban setting. The course is organised with the support of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement.
The deadline for registration is set to 30 June 2014.

For more information, please contact the Centre at:
Presentation of the Course
Registration form

Previous Activities

5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 Davos, 24-28 August 2014, Davos, Switzerland

Warsaw University, NOHA Intensive Programme, 7-8 September 2014, Warsaw, Poland

3rd Meeting of the Working Group on the implementation of the Recommendation and Guidelines on the inclusion of People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response, 1-2 October 2014, Strasbourg, France

2nd Meeting of the Bureau of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents, 24 October 2014, Paris, France



EUR-OPA Specialised Centres : activities for 2012-2013

Action Plan 2011-2015
Memorandum of Co-operation between the Council of Europe (EUR-OPA) and the United Nations (ISDR)


Ecosystem Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction


 Ecosystem Approach


Other publications