World Refugee Day

20 June 2018

EUR-OPA works towards human rights based public policies. We have developed Guidelines that provide strategic orientations for further work both at national and international level with the double aim of fostering political commitment from European and Mediterranean governments as well as by...

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Launch of Faro Convention topical series

31 May 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Faro Convention Action plan launched a Topical series on community preparedness and post-disaster revitalisation, following a research study carried out in Fontecchio, Italy in October 2017, with the support of EUR-OPA. Scientists as well as civil organizations stressed, in the context of the...

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Meeting of the BeSafeNet Editorial Board

17-18 April 2018 Strasbourg, France

The BeSafeNet Editorial Board held a meeting in Strasbourg on 17 and 18 April 2018. The participants discussed in particular the future steps of the project in view to finalise BeSafeNet website as well as the preparation of the Olympiad, an online competition on the theme “Better knowledge...

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New EUR-OPA publication on Cultural Heritage facing Climate change

Have European states developed a “climate strategy” for their cultural heritage? Do national climate change adaptation policies deal with risks to cultural heritage? What experiences have there been since Council of Europe recommendations on this matter in 2009, and what are the shortcomings? The...

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EUR-OPA Bureau meeting

12 April 2018 Strasbourg, France

The meeting of the EUR-OPA Bureau was held in Strasbourg on 12 April 2018. The participants discussed in particular the budgetary situation of the EUR-OPA Agreement and took note of the adjustments to the work programme following the discontinuation of Turkey as a major contributor. The...

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News from the Specialised Centres

New App: ImMigrants Immediate Migrants resources and tools

San Marino

The European Centre for Disaster Medicine (CEMEC, San Marino), one of the 26 Specialised Centers of EUR-OPA, launched a new Smartphone App aimed to support migrants in accessing health facilities. Developed under the project ImMigRant Immediate migrants resources and tools, this App is designed...

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Launch of the project "Preventing the emergency situations generated by floods"

5-6 April 2018 Chisinau, Moldova

The Executive Secretary of EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement, Gianluca Silvestrini, visited on 5-6 April 2018, the “European Centre for Mitigation of Natural Risks”, which is one of the 26 EUR-OPA Scientific Centres , based in Chisinau, Moldova. He discussed with the Director Prof. Anatolie Bantus...

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Presentation of EUR-OPA activities to the Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE)

21-23 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Executive Secretary of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement presented the Agreement to the 9th Plenary Session of the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice held in Strasbourg on 21-23 March. He emphasised the projects carried out on prevention, preparedness...

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Joint meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres

6-7 November 2017 Paris, France

The Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres of the EUR-OPA Agreement will hold a joint meeting on 6-7 November 2017 in Paris (France). They will discuss in particular the outcomes of the projects carried out by the Centers in 2017 as well as the new project...

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“Increasing knowledge and understanding of wild fire prevention for protection of human settlements and social infrastructure»

14-15 November 2017 Moscow, Russian Federation

The EUR-OPA Executive Secretary participated in the Conference entitled “Increasing knowledge and understanding of wild fire prevention for protection of human settlements and social infrastructure” on 14 and 15 November in Moscow (Russian Federation). On this occasion, he presented EUR-OPA...

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International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

13 October 2017: Being prepared reduces the Disaster Risk

The European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe (EUR-OPA) works towards human rights based public policies. We have developed Guidelines that provide strategic orientations for further work both at national and international level with the double aim of gathering...

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The historical built up: a data base for the future

6 October 2017 Ravello, Italy

In regions regularly touched by earthquakes the surviving Historical Built-up Areas contain, necessarily, some seismic-proof features. However, as usually the traditional techniques are considered outdated, often the historical buildings are reinforced by using modern techniques and materials....

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Faro Convention Research Study

9-12 October 2017 Fontecchio, Italy

EUR-OPA is supporting a research study on 9-12 October 2017 in Fontecchio, Italy, with the focus on the Faro Convention approach, community preparedness and post disaster revitalization. In this capacity, a group of academics and civil society organisations will look into the work carried out by...

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EUR-OPA presents its activities at the International Dialogue on Migration

18-19 July 2017 Geneva, Switzerland

How do migration governance frameworks make sure that migrants do not face significant protection risks during the migration process and after having reached their final destination? How are significant operational challenges of providing protection and assistance to significant numbers of...

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Launch of the new publication on Migrants in Disaster Risk Reduction

19 July 2017 Geneva, Switzerland

The Council of Europe’s EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement and the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) are to publish a joint study on the benefits of involving migrants in disaster risk reduction initiatives. The study, entitled Migrants in Disaster Risk Reduction: Practices for...

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Call for tenders for consultancy services

3 July 2017 Strasbourg, France

The EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement is seeking for consultants and has launched a call for tenders which can be found here. As a result, a pool of 30 consultants will be established to assist the Secretariat of EUR-OPA in the implementation of its programme of work until September 2021. The...

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EUR-OPA presents its work at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

22-26 May 2017 Cancun, Mexico

The EUR-OPA Executive Secretary participated in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Global Platform) held in Cancun, Mexico from 22 to 26 May 2017. The Secretary presented EUR-OPA activities and, in particular, the work on vulnerable and marginal groups (e.g. migrants, asylum...

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The International Workshop on cultural heritage and climate change

18-19 May 2017 Ravello, Italy

Climate change is a growing threat to cultural heritage in Europe and elsewhere. Floods, strong storms, heat waves, extreme rain, drought and landslides are likely to increase in the future depending on latitude. This will affect monuments, archaeological sites, historical cities, museums,...

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International Conference on Risks, Security and Citizenship

30-31 March 2017 Setubal, Portugal

The Conference achieved its main goals, to get the participants exchange on the implementation of an effective strategy for disaster risk reduction towards resilient cities, in the framework of the Sendai 2015-30 Strategy. EUR-OPA’s programme of activities on vulnerable groups was presented. An...

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Reducing migrants’ vulnerability and exposure to risks

14-15 March 2017 Istanbul, Turkey

On 28 March, in the framework of the 2017 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR), EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement organised a Session on “Migration, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience” to discuss the need for more co-ordinated, integrated and inclusive approaches to disaster risk...

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