European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement

Accord EUR-OPA Risques Majeurs - Activités précédentes

European Master Course on Climate Change: impact on human health and environment
30 November - 4 December 2009, Strasbourg, France
The aim of the course is to develop specific knowledge on the main features of climate change, and of its health and environmental impact. Data on Earth physics modifications in case of climate change (past and future) was reported. Basic and applied features were presented for its impact on human health and on environment.

International Workshop on Disaster Education
23-24 November 2009, Antalya, Turkey
The workshop was organised by the European Natural Disasters Training Centre (Ankara, Turkey) with the collaboration of the EUR-OPA Agreement. The main objective of the meeting was to establish standards for disaster education and to define education techniques for different target groups, especially women and children.

Workshop on Climate change impact on water-related and marine risks
26-27 October 2009, Murcia, Spain

Based on the increasing adaptation approach to climate change, the main aim of the workshop was to foster better preparedness and response amongst populations living in the European and Mediterranean areas which might be affected by water-related disasters induced by climate change. (more...)
Draft Conclusions EN | FR

Meeting of European National Platforms and HFA Focal Points
11-13 November 2009, London, United Kingdom

The UK Cabinet Office in collaboration with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR) and the Council of Europe EUR-OPA Agreement are organising a meeting of the European National Platforms and HFA Focal Points from 11 to 13 November 2009 in London. The objectives of the meeting are to discuss advances on the European Regional Platform activities, to review developments on private-public partnership in Europe, as well as to discuss and engage in the HFA mid-term review. 

3rd annual meeting between the scientific community and the administrators of the Loire river
6 November, Saint-Etienne, France

The Public Establishment of the Loire district is organising the 3rd annual meeting between the scientific community and the administrators of the Loire river on 6 November in Saint-Etienne.

Disasters and human rights: rescuing people especially vulnerable groups
5-6 November, Athens, Greece

The EUR-OPA Agreement, the Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection, the National Technical University of Athens and the Project Second Generation Locator for Urban Search and Rescue operations, organised a Workshop on Disasters and Human Rights: Search and Rescue Operations during disasters especially for vulnerable people on 5 and 6 November in Athens. During teh discussions priority was given to operational issues and the potential of available technologies.


Seminar on Wildfire and Human Security
6-8 October 2009, Kyiv, Ukraine

The Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) in Freiburg, Germany (part of the EUR-OPA's Specialised Euro-Mediterranean Centres) organised a Seminar on "Wildfires and Human Security: Fire Management on Terrain Contaminated by Radioactivity, Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Land Mines", on 6-8 October 2009 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
The main aim of the meeting was to analyse the magnitude of the problems arising from fires burning in dangerous zones and to exchange experience and solutions on how to deal with the issue. For more information, please contact Dr. Sergiy Zibtsev at or

The Republic of Serbia has officially joined the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement on 17 September and therefore becomes the 26th member of the Agreement.

Master Course on the Vulnerability of Cultural Heritage to Climate Change
7 to 11 September 2009, Strasbourg, France

The course, organised by the EUR-OPA Agreement, in collaboration with the European University Centre for Cultural Heritage (Ravello, Italy), gave the opportunity of young European students to undertake rigorous scientific monitoring of the impact of the climate change to cultural heritage.


Meeting on the implication of local and regional authorities in major hazards management
11-12 June, Paris, France

The Working group on the legislative aspects of risk took place on 11-12 June in Paris. The issues of identification of risks and prevention at local and regional level were addressed at the meeting. The working group presented various actions carried out by the local and regional authorities in the field of knowledge and prevention of the main risks, the encountered difficulties and the good practices to use.
Objectives of the meeting
Conclusions of the last Working Group meeting

Workshop on Climate Change and Cultural Heritage
14-16 May 2009, Ravello, Italy

The workshop provided the opportunity to debate the effects of changing climate parameters on material and structural characteristics of cultural heritage among scientists, users and policy makers. The participants adopted guidelines to governments, NGO’s and experts, on how to better integrate climate change issues and prevision in protection and maintenance of cultural heritage.

UNCCD: Second Integrated Photo Contest

The UNCCD is organising a second International Photo Contest. The purpose is to raise wider awareness of the issues of land degradation and desertification in drylands and their social consequences. The deadline for submission of photos is 17 June 2009. For more information, please consult the UNCCD web site or contact

International Integrated Safety and Security Exhibition
19-22 May 2009, Moscow, Russian Federation

The ISSE-2009 incorporate a number of expositions devoted to new techniques and technologies in the sphere of public security, safety and civil protection. The ISSE-2009 was held in Moscow from 19 to 22 May 2009. For more information, please contact the Department of International Cooperation of the EMERCOM - or visit the web site

New specialised Centre in the EUR-OPA network

The National Training Centre of Sofia, Bulgaria, joined officially the network of specialised centres of the Agreement and became the 27th member of the Network. The decision was taken by the Committee of Permanent Correspondents at its 56th meeting, which took place in Paris on 6-7 April 2009.

Second International Seminar on Earthquake Prediction
29-30 April 2009, Lisbon

Announcement and Programme

International Workshop on Land management and Protection
1-3 April 2009, Malta

For more information, please consult the web page of the European Centre of Geomorphological Hazards in Strasbourg, France.

International Conference on Landslide Processes
6-7 February 2009, Strasbourg



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