DRIVER+: Advanced Crisis Management Conference in Brussels

The Advanced Crisis Management Conference started today, February 19, and it will go on until tomorrow. The event is taking place in Brussels, in a massive gathering of users and practitioners, researchers and industry, discussing the challenges and opportunities within the crisis management industry.

Felix Bloch from DG European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office - ECHO opened the Conference and emphasized the willingness from the European Commission to support the sustainability of results from projects like DRIVER+.

Matthew Jones from Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research gave an opening keynote with the latest science on how human-driven climate change enhances the likelihood of wildfires and hinders suppression efforts, even in regions not traditionally prone to them.

Next up was Patrick Meier, PhD from WeRobotics on “decolonising” humanitarian technology through an inclusive approach that involves and empowers local expertise.

Finally, Marcel van Berlo from TNO, presented the project overview followed by the the DRIVER+ Consortium, who explained the key outputs to the audience (Trial Guidance Methodology, Test-bed, Training Module, Portfolio of Solutions, Centres of Expertise and CMINE). Attendees took part in a tour of the Exhibition space where they exchanged individually with the partners on DRIVER+ products.

Space is an enabler of security and defence

Although it has been a taboo at the European level up to now, the time has come to break this taboo and to recognise that space is an enabler of security and defence, with a defence dimension for Galileo and a security element for Copernicus, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said at the 12th Space Policy Conference in Brussels on 22 January.

PSCE @ HNPW 2020

The sixth Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) was held from 3 to 7 February 2020 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

Why does Europe need to limit climate change and adapt to its impacts?

Europe’s many regions are expected to face worsening impacts of climate change over the next decades. A compilation of several existing maps published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) today illustrates how drought, heavy rain and flooding, forest fires and sea-level rise could affect some selected regions in Europe, including Central Europe, the Iberian peninsula, Scandinavia, Brittany and Venice.

See the full article and access related documents here!


Free Training modules for Crisis Management practitioners

4 training modules for Crisis Management have been made available in the framework of the CiProVot project. The development of disaster prevention and awareness in the Civil Protection is closely linked to the ability of drawing in the experiences and learning of this daily work as well as using daily operation in non-disaster situations to create networks with and broader awareness among other key stakeholders and the public on risk-management, disaster prevention and preparedness.

There are 4 available training modules:

  • The Introductory Module
  • Natural Hazard & Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Emergency Planning
  • ICT for Disaster Risk Reduction activities

Click here to access the modules!