Priority 4: Enhancing disaster preparedness

The growth of disaster risk means there is a need to strengthen disaster preparedness for response, take action in anticipation of events, and ensure capacities are in place for effective response and recovery at all levels. The recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction phase is a critical opportunity to build back better, including through integrating disaster risk reduction into development measures.

Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) – A European Union Concrete Tool to Disaster Risk Reduction in the World

CEMS is a core service of the European Union’s Earth Observation programme Copernicus. It supports all phases of the disaster management cycle by delivering warnings and risk assessments of floods and forest fires and by providing geospatial information derived from satellite images on the impact of natural and man-made disasters all over the world (before, during or after a crisis). The two Mapping services of CEMS (Rapid Mapping, Risk and Recovery Mapping) are delivering products since April 2012.


Indicator Thresholds for Drought Classification at the Country Level - Developing Indicator Thresholds for South Africa.

Drought classification framework based on a suite of indicators is proposed for South Africa calibration and national adaptation process



Volcano Monitoring using Earth Observing Satellites – CEOS WG Disasters Volcano Pilot

CEOS Disasters Working Group Space agencies organised in the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) formed a permanent Working Group in 2013. Together with volcanologists and Remote Sensing specialists, a Volcano Pilot activity was started with the following aims:



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