This report highlights key knowledge and experience shared during the Understanding Risk Europe Conference, which took place in Bucharest, Romania, between November 27 and 29, 2019.

In addition to a general conference overview, this report provides briefs on the following technical sessions:

  • Assessing and addressing the fiscal and economic impacts of natural disasters: Recent experiences and innovations in country financial resilience
  • Managing earthquake risk at a national scale: From strategic planning to on-the-ground actions
  • Leveraging regional systems to improve national forecasting and early warning of weather-related hazards
  • Community engagement, raising awareness, and driving action
  • Challenges and opportunities for assessing flood risks
  • Private sector and business continuity: Preparing for and managing disasters
  • Determining disaster and climate impacts on the poorest and most vulnerable, and optimizing solutions for resilience
  • Scaling up safer and higher-quality learning environments
  • Building urban resilience: Integrating climate and disaster risks into urban development
  • Critical infrastructure risks and why investing in resilience makes financial sense
  • Innovations in geospatial data collection and analytics: Shaping the future of understanding the built environment
  • Assessing and managing risk to cultural heritage: Preserving the past for the future
  • Assessing and managing the threat of emerging risks (cyber threats, pandemics, extreme heat)
  • An urgent matter in our homes: Tackling challenges of earthquake risk reduction in the housing sector