Climate and
Disaster Resilience

Disaster risk reduction

The countries in the Europe and Central Asia region have a history of devastating disasters. Between 2005 and 2014, the region faced more than 316 events that killed over 60,000 people, affected more than 11 million, and cost more than US$25 billion.

Almost all types of disaster are present, including earthquakes, floods, landslides and extreme temperatures. While disaster events are inevitable, their actual impact is directly linked to poor development choices that increase vulnerabilities and expose people and communities to risk.

Since 2005, UNDP has invested around US$170 million In Europe and Central Asia, supporting countries in four thematic priorities of the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction (2015-2030): Understanding disaster risk; better managing disaster risk; investing in economic and social resilience; and improving response and recovery.

In Kosovo*, earthquake drills help the community be prepared and safe. 
After devastating flooding in Georgia, UNDP, international partners and citizens worked together to recover from the crisis.
UNDP supports the Kyrgyzstan Ministry of Emergency Situations to maintain their preparedness, through equipment, drills and rehearsals. 
After record-breaking rain caused extensive flooding in Albania, UNDP helped restore urgent flood protection infrastructure.

UNDP works with national and local governments so they can develop practical measures to implement the Sendai Framework while ensuring disaster risk reduction becomes a national development priority. We help countries ensure that the capacities, skills and resources are in place to prevent, mitigate and prepare for disasters.

Addressing both hydro-meteorological and geophysical hazards, we work to:

  • Put in place policies and institutions that guide and enable risk-informed development;
  • Strengthen community preparedness and mitigate urban disaster risks;
  • Establish early warning systems;
  • Strengthen infrastructure;
  • Introduce international standards in national disaster damages and losses accounting systems and;
  • Promote a “Building back better” approach in recovery and response.

We believe that by undertaking risk-informed and resilient development, decades of hard work and costly development gains can be protected, and lives and livelihoods can be saved.

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