On 30 September, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) organised a conference Building a resilient Europe in a globalised world in Brussels. The event brought together experts, representatives from European institutions and Member State authorities, stakeholders from industry as well as academia to discuss the scientific and technological challenges of building resilience in Europe.
Among the challenges highlighted were the fragmentation of the vast amount of partners and stakeholders engaged globally in disaster risk management, the gap between the wealth of existing knowledge and its use for policy and practice, as well as advancing science and technology. In addition, the need to move from knowledge based on experience to knowledge based on future outlooks was noted.
Insurance was raised as a sector from which there are lessons to learn, whether from the regulatory aspects or the contingency planning, and these lessons could be applied to other sectors, including the financial industry. The message is that unless investments in resilience are made, some areas will remain uninsured, rendering them unprotected and unsustainable.
The event marked the launch of the JRC’s new Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre. The new centre will seek to address the challenges ahead and will help EU Member States in managing emergencies and disasters.
During the conference a new report by the JRC The Challenge of resilience in a globalised world was also presented, in which international experts and scientists discuss various facets of resilience. The report underlines the importance of solid scientific knowledge in the development of effective risk reduction, response and recovery measures. Through provision of data, knowledge, methods and tools, science can help to set the right priorities and to focus scarce resources on key vulnerabilities.
ENHANCE will contribute to the work of the JRC’s Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre with its results and policy recommendations in the following areas:
More information on ENHANCE
ENHANCE Booklet: partnerships are affordable and equitable policy instruments for disaster risk reduction