The first edition of the Understanding Risk Balkans Conference was successfully concluded in Serbia on September 19, 2018. The three-day event brought together more than 350 policy makers, academics, technical experts, and practitioners from both public and private sectors across 46 countries to communicate risk information and share best practices on addressing disaster risk challenges.

This document provides summaries of the 12 technical sessions of the conference, including key findings and takeaways. The 12 sessions include:

  • Demystifying the Growth Drivers of Catastrophe Insurance Markets
  • Flood Risk Mapping within the EU Floods Directive: No Data, No Result?
  • Community Resilience via Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Mapping
  • Flood Protection Is Everyone’s Responsibility
  • The Role of Social Protection Systems in Preparing for and Responding to Disasters
  • Transboundary Sava River Cruise with Views on Successful Multi-Hazard Early Warning Advisory Systems
  • Seismic Risk in Multifamily Apartment Buildings: Engineering, Social, Financial, and Policy Implications
  • Getting Informed: Disaster and Climate Risk Tools for Improved Decision Making
  • The State of Open Data for DRM in the Balkans
  • Integrating Risk Assessment into Road Asset Management
  • Enhancing Resilience: From Asset to City Scale
  • From Assessing Risk to Managing Risk: The Science-Policy Interface