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Presidency: Austria
The Natural Hazards Platform of the Alpine Convention (called hereafter 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 well known. Measures agreed across the whole Alpine region therefore make sense and in some fields 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 2015 and 2016 the mandate of PLANALP focuses on following activities;  
  • Knowledge transfer and exchange of natural disaster risk reduction practices within the Alpine region
  • Implementation of flood (risk) management plans – linking integrated risk management with disaster management by strengthening information availability and knowledge transfer
  • Stimulating the dissemination and use of quality standards for natural hazard and risk mitigation in 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 2011-2016 deals with natural hazards as part of the climate change area of priority action.   
The Contracting Parties to the Alpine Convention delegated experts to be members of the Working group/Platform. Observers to the Convention may also nominate representatives for the Working groups/Platforms.
List of members 
The main objectives of the Natural Hazards Platform are to:
  • 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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