Natural Hazards Working Group - PLANALP

Chair: Austria

The Natural Hazards Working Group 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.

The topic of natural hazards is addressed in the Protocol on Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, but also mentioned in other protocols. The current Multi- Annual Work Programme 2017-2022 deals with natural hazards as part of the Climate Change and of the Population and Culture priority areas.   

Between the years 2016 and 2019 PLANALP was appointed to prepare the 7th Report on the State of the Alps on the topic of "Natural Hazard Risk Governance", which, in addition to presenting the governance principles, also presents the best practice examples from seven Alpine countries. As a follow-up, in the next two years the Working Group focused on contingency planning, including the consideration of residual risk and the case of overload, as well as climate change adaptation by contributing to the Climate Action Plan 2.0. The current mandate period is dedicated to defining nature-based solutions for risk reduction and prevention of natural disasters, taking into account biodiversity, sustainable development and climate change adaptation.

Kilian Heil, Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism

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