Strengthening Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems and Risk Assessment in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Assessment of capacities, gaps and needs

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A fundamental mission of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is to contribute to the protection of the lives and livelihood of people by providing early warnings for hydrometeorological and climaterelated hazards. They provide crucial support to Disaster Risk Management (DRM) agencies and other Early Warning Systems (EWS) stakeholders, as well as to various socio-economic sectors through provision of hydrometeorological and climate related data, information and services, within a multi-agency, multi-hazard and multi-level disaster risk reduction framework. An assessment carried out in 2007-2008 by the World Bank, the WMO and the United Nations Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN-ISDR) through the South Eastern Europe Disaster Risk Mitigation and Adaptation Programme (SEEDRMAP), revealed serious deficiencies in the capability of the NMSHs of many of the SEE countries to provide the required support to DRR, as well as insufficient cooperation between the DRR stakeholders, including NMHSs, at national and regional level. As a follow-up of the above assessment, WMO and the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) implemented, in parallel, two complementary projects that were funded together as the “Regional Programme on Disaster Risk Reduction in South East Europe” by the European Commission Directorate General for Enlargement, through its Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). This programme is targeting the following eight IPA beneficiaries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99), and Turkey. The outcomes of these assessments are presented in the present Report.
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Regional Programme on Disaster Risk Reduction in South East Europe Activity 2 (WMO): Regional Cooperation in South Eastern Europe for Meteorological, Hydrological and Climate Data Management and Exchange to Support Disaster Risk Reduction (IPA/2009/199-922)
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