Protection of Cultural Heritage from seismic risk
3-5 November 2011, Thessaloniki, Greece
The European Centre on prevention and forecasting of earthquakes organised a training on the protection of cultural heritage monuments and people from seismic risk. Participants tried to put together already existing information on comprehensive monument management, monument vulnerability assessment, identification of sufficient protection measures, etc.
Use and valorisation of water resources for the sustainable development of arid ecosystems
13-15 November 2011, Biskra, Algeria
How to improve knowledge on water resources and its ways of use in arid regions, how to define an approach for the participative and territorial management of agricultural water, how to set up an information system on water – these are some of the objectives of the international workshop, organised by the Scientific and Technical Research Centre on Arid Regions in Biskra,
Algeria. For more information, please consult
the announcement of the workshop (in French).
European Master-level course on Climate Change: impact on health, human environment and water
Strasbourg, France, 10-14 October 2011
The Ecole Nationale du Génie de l’Eau et de l’Environnement de Strasbourg (ENGEES), together with the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe, organised
a European Master-level course on "Climate Change:
impact on health, human environment and water ". The
lessons have been held in the the amphithéâtre DAUBREE, Institut de Géologie
in Strasbourg France, from 10 October to 14
Climate Change, Cultural Heritage and Risk
Ravello, Italy, 3-7 October 2011
The European University Centre for Cultural Heritage (Centro Universitario Europeo Per I Beni Culturali) organised, with the support of the EUR-OPA
Agreement of the Council of Europe, an European Course
on “Climate Change, Cultural Heritage and Risk. Energy,
Mobility and Access”. Addressed to young advanced
students and professionals, the Course will outline the
link between energy, mobility, access and policy in the
area of climate change and cultural heritage, and the
opportunities for managed heritage sites to be seen as
exemple of sustainability for the public at large. The deadline for applications is set to 30 June 2011.
Reduction of vulnerability against flood risk in the
Orléans, France, 22 September 2011
Establishment of the Loire district and its partners
organised the 4th
reduction of the vulnerability against flood risk for
the economic activities of the Loire basin and its
affluents. It aimed at setting up the
objectives and contents of the continuity of activity,
to define its statutory and legal framework, but also to
take account of good practices to elaborate a Plan of
Continuity of Activity (PCA) presenting practical cases
and the companies' experience during two round tables. Additional information
Summer School on Psychosocial Support after DisastersThe European
Natural Disasters Training Center (AFEM) of Turkey
an International Summer School for Undergraduate
Students of Social Sciences on "Psychosocial Support after
Disasters and Emergencies"
from 4 to 10
September 2011 in Antalya, Turkey.
The aim of the Summer School was to make
participants familiar with the basis
of individual and community-based psychosocial
intervention, considering in particular the special
needs of vulnerable groups such as children, elderly
persons and disabled people in the aftermath of a
disaster or emergency.
Antalya, Turkey, 4-10 September 2011
A renewed Action Plan
12th Ministerial Session of the Agreement, held in
September 2010 in Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation),
adopted in particular the
new Action Plan 2011-2015 where three major trends
were highlighted: the use of information in preparedness
to disasters, the contribution of knowledge to reduce
vulnerability and the role of the human factor in risk
In order to efficiently implement this new Medium Term
Plan, the Agreement has began examining how to better
link these new trends with the work of the Specialised
meeting on the Fukushima nuclear accident
San Marino, 8 July 2011
The CEMEC, co-jointly with the Italian Association of Medical Radioprotection,
organised a scientific meeting dedicated to the Fukushima nuclear accident : " The Fukushima nuclear accident: is it another Chernobyl ??". Speeches such as
"External exposure and contamination", "The Public Health countermeasures" and “Information, psychological and social effects"
Course on Coastal hazard assessment and risk management
Caen, France, 19-25 June 2011
Post-graduate training school on "Coastal
hazard assessment and risk management" was organised within
the framework of the FORMOSE Training Activities of the
and took place in Caen, France,
from 19 to 25 June 2011. The course was organised by the
Centre for Seismic and Geomorphological Hazards (CERG),
the University of Caen-Basse Normandy and the CNRS and will take
place at the Department of Geography of the University of
and Practical Information
Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction
Geneva, 8-13 May 2011
The Secretariat participated in the 3rd Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction organized by the UN ISDR to follow up the implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action 2005-2015. At the European regional meeting, the Agreement presented as joint works with UNISDR Europe both the European HFA report 2009-2011 and a study on “Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction : a review of risk governance”. It also actively participated to several side events : the fire management roundtable (organized by its specialized centre Global Fire Monitoring Centre), the event on Ecosystems role in Disaster Risk Reduction (organized by the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction) and the session on education and safe schools (promoted by UNESCO).
HFA European Report 2009-2011
Statement in plenary session
International Conference on “Twenty-five Years after the Chernobyl Accident. Safety for the Future"
The Government of Ukraine has organised an International Conference on “Twenty- five Years after the Chernobyl Accident. Safety for the Future"
in Kyiv (Ukraine) on 20-22 April 2011. The Council of Europe, which collaborated in its organisation through the EUR-OPA Agreement, has been represented by its Secretary General at the opening session and a presentation on “Radiological risk : the need to be informed and the right to be protected” has been delivered at the plenary session. This conference was of particular interest after the recent Nuclear Power Plant accident of Fukushima (Japan) : Chernobyl’s twenty-five years lessons can contribute to the debate on safety of nuclear energy and other dangerous technologies and on the need for technogenic safety to prevent future disasters.