European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement

EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement - Previous Activities

Drought: analysis and strategies of adaptation
21-22 November 2010, Biskra, Algeria 

he Scientific and Technical Research Centre on Arid Regions (CRSTRA) in Biskra, Algeria, has organised an international workshop on strategies of adaptation to the drought involving national and international partners at all levels of society - political, scientifique, civil society.
Announcement and Conclusions (in french)

Flood and Landslide Issues in the Black Sea Region
26-27 October 2010, Trabzon, Turkey 

he Turkish Presidency for Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD), supported by the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement, has organised an international seminar on flood and landslide issues in the Black Sea region in Trabzon on 26 and 27 October. The seminar aimed at assessing the present and future challenges for the public and private sectors facing these calamities and suggesting appropriate solutions to those challenges.
Announcement and Conclusions

Management of Coastal Recreational Resources
27-30 October 2010, Grosseto, Italy

he conference is focused on selected coastal management issues related to beaches, yacht marinas, ecotourism and conservation, and the impact of coastal hazards on such resources. The conference is organised by the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics (ICoD) of Malta.
Practical Information

Flooding: crisis management
The Public Establishment of the Loire is organising a conference on the management of flooding on 14 October 2010 in Nantes. For more information please consult:
Announcement (in french)

Mountain Risks: bringing science to society
24-26 November 2010, Florence, Italy

The European Centre for Geomorphologic Hazards in cooperation with other European partners is organising an international conference on mountain risks in Florence (Italy) from 24 to 26 November 2010.
The main objective of the conference is first to contribute to a better knowledge of the interaction of natural, engineering, economical and human sciences on mountain risks management, and second to highlight the fact that information is vital in terms of assisting the planning and development processes as well as effectively reducing the risks.

Workshop on Induced Seismicity
15-17 November 2010, Luxembourg

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the
European Centre for Geodynamics and Seismology are organising a workshop on "Induced seismicity" in Luxembourg on 15-17 November 2010. 
The aim of the workshop is to bring together leading scientists that work in this field: mainly academic researchers as well as representatives from state geological surveys or state earthquake monitoring agencies. For more information, please visit the workshop homepage:

Conference on the prevention of flooding
The Public Establishment of the Loire is organising a conference on the prevention of flooding on 22 September 2010 in Paris.
Programme and Poster of the meeting

Management and protection of cultural heritage facing climate change
4-8 October 2010, Ravello, Italy

The Council of Europe, in collaboration with the European University Centre for Cultural Heritage (CUEBC), is organising a European course on the management and protection of cultural heritage facing climate change. The course will be held in Villa Rufolo in Ravello. It is open only to applicants from European countries.  

Master-level course on Climate Change: impact on health, human environment and water
20-24 September 2010, Strasbourg, France

The course
aims at developing specific knowledge on the main features of climate change, and of its impact on health, human environment and water. Applicants should be young people with high scientific background from Europe or from member states of the EUR-OPA Agreement: engineers, geologists, biologists, students in medicine.

Young Seismologist Training Course
13-17 September 2010, Montpellier, France

The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre ( which is part of the EUR-OPA specialised centres is organising a training course for young seismologists in Montpellier from 13 to 17 September 2010. The training will be dedicated to urban
seismology and led by the Laboratory of Internal Geophysic and Tectonophysic (LGIT) of Grenoble. For more information, please consult the following web site:

14th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering
30 August - 3 September 2010, Ohrid, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"

The Conference is organised by the Macedonian Association for Earthquake Engineering (MAEE) and will be held in Ohrid ("the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia") from 30 August to 3 September 2010.
The conference will provide a great opportunity for exchanging ideas on the present situation of earthquake engineering and its implementation in protection of population and national economies against seismic impacts and development of risk prevention culture. Different workshops on existing joint projects will also be organised.
For more information please consult the following web page:

Protection of businesses against floods and the vulnerability of technical networks
8 June 2010, Orléans, France

The prevention of flood risk in the Loire basin and its tributaries constitutes a major field of intervention for the Loire River Basin Authority which is organising a conference on this topic on 8 June 2010 in Orleans (Auditorium of the Bureau of Geological and Mining Research (BRGM).

For more information please consult:

50th anniversary of the seism in Agadir
26-28 February 2010, Agadir, Morocco

Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Evaluation and Prevention of Seismic Risks (CEPRIS) of Rabat (Morocco) organised in collaboration with the Faculty of Science of Agadir an international scientific meeting to mark the 50th anniversary of the earthquake in Agadir from 1960. The event took place in Agadir on 26-28 February. For more information, please consult:

Meeting of the Working group on Ethics and Disaster Risk Reduction
19 January 2010, Paris, France

The main objective of the meeting was to review and complete as appropriate the draft text of the European and Mediterranean Ethical Charter on Resilience to Disasters. The draft text concerns both natural and technological hazards and aims at improving preparedness and dealing with ethical problems related to victims of disasters.
The meeting took place in Paris on 19 January.  



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