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Presidency: Austria
The Natural Hazards Platform of the Alpine Convention (PLANALP) was set up to develop common strategies designed to prevent natural hazards in the Alps as well as to exchange  on adaptation strategies. The extent of the damage caused by such hazards is constantly increasing and the reasons are well known. Measures agreed across the whole Alpine region are therefore necessary and in some fields they are urgently needed.  
After the devastating avalanches and floods of 1999, the Alpine Conference appointed a Working Group to develop common strategies and activity fields on the level of the parties to the Alpine Convention. Based on the recommendations of this working group, PLANALP was established by the Ministers at the VIII. Alpine Conference in 2004. The mandate of PLANALP covers both the formulation of strategic concepts on integrated risk management against natural hazards and the coordinated implementation of subsequent measures. 
In 2017 and 2018 the mandate of PLANALP focuses on following activities: 
  • Prepare the VII Report on the State of the Alps on the topic of natural hazards risk management
  • Knowledge transfer and exchange of natural disaster risk reduction practices within the Alpine region
  • Role of women in natural hazard management focusing on the Alpine region

The topic of natural hazards is addressed in the protocol “Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development", but also mentioned in other protocols and in the Action Plan on Climate Change in the Alps. The current Multiannual work program 2017-2022 deals with natural hazards as part of the Climate Change and of the Population and Culture  priority areas.   
The Contracting Parties to the Alpine Convention delegate experts to be members of the Working groups/Platforms. Observers to the Convention may also nominate representatives.
The main objectives of the Natural Hazards Platform are to:

  • Draft the VII Report on the State of the Alps on the topic of natural hazards risk management;
  • discuss concepts for an integrated reduction of natural hazards;
  • identify “best practices”;
  • implement the subsequent measures;
  • intensify the cross-border exchange of experience.

Current activities, Documents, Results

Past activities, Documents, Results

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