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Developed by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Index for Risk Management (INFORM) Global Risk Index (GRI) is a widely recognized and valuable tool for multi-hazard risk assessment that identifies countries at risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster. A prototype version of the hazard-dependent INFORM GRI, the INFORM Epidemic Risk Index, was developed under the JRC’s technical lead in close collaboration with the World Health Organization, in order to assess the risk of countries to epidemic outbreak that would exceed the national capacity to respond to the crisis. The INFORM Epidemic Risk Index has been adapted to reflect better the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The INFORM Epidemic Risk Index is based on the traditional “epidemiologic triad” (i.e. an external agent, a susceptible host, and an environment that brings agent and host together), and covers four groups of infectious diseases: (a) zoonoses (i.e. naturally transmitted between animals and humans), (b) vector-borne (e.g. transmitted by biting insects), (c) person-to-person, and (d) food- and water-borne. Since the COVID-19 pandemic is dominated by human-to-human transmission, the “hazard and exposure” risk dimension of the INFORM Epidemic Risk Index was narrowed down to just the person-to-person (P2P) component. The adapted index is called the INFORM Epidemic P2P Risk Index.

An experimental implementation of the adapted index - the INFORM COVID-19 Risk Index - aims to identify countries at risk from health and humanitarian impacts of COVID-19 that could overwhelm current national response capacity, and lead to a need for additional international assistance. The new index can support prioritization of preparedness and early response actions for the primary impacts of the pandemic, and identify countries where secondary impacts are likely to have the most critical humanitarian consequences. The primary scope of the index is for global and regional risk-informed resource allocation, where a comparable understanding of countries’ risk is important. It is not designed to predict the impacts of the pandemic in individual countries.

This news item is based on a report on the European Commission’s Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) web-site, on 23 April 2020 (see web-links below).

Niall McCormick

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

More information:

https://drmkc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/overview/News#news/432/details/19689/new-inform-covid-19-risk-index

https://drmkc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/inform-index/INFORM-Epidemic

 

The purpose of this webinar is to review the very latest on exactly how delivery drones are being used in response to the coronavirus across 10+ countries. What specific use-cases are they serving and what specific drone technologies are being used? The fact that cargo drones are being used in the response to the pandemic does not automatically mean they're all having meaningful impact, of course. The little (publicly available) evidence that does exist appears to be largely anecdotal or self-reported. We'll also share the latest lessons learned and best practices in the use of delivery drones for public health more broadly.

IUCN seeks applications from qualified individuals from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia to serve as independent experts on the respective economy-level Nature-based solutions Coordination Group.

The six Nature-based solutions Coordination Groups (one for each economy) serve as advisory and regulatory mechanisms for economy-level activities. Members will have an important role in providing guidance and recommendations on policy transformation, planning and implementation, including knowledge and capacity gaps. They will be involved in reviewing key project outputs and in advocating for climate-smart and Nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction in their respective country.

ADAPT: Nature-based Solutions for resilient societies in the Western Balkans is a project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and implemented by IUCN. It aims to increase ecosystem and community resilience to climate change and environmental degradation in the Western Balkans. This regional umbrella initiative works with the six Western Balkan economies, regional and local partners.

Closing date and time: 27 April 2020, 23:59 CET

The Call for Applications for each of the six Nature-based solutions Coordination Groups and supporting documents can be found in the downloads section of this news. 

The purpose of this webinar is to critically review and question how drones are being applied in response to the coronavirus. The most popular applications to date include spraying, patrolling and surveillance, public announcements, cargo delivery, and measurement of body temperature. While some of these applications have already been debunked by science, they’re still being used by drone companies and governments in multiple countries. The supposed success of other applications is anecdotal at best while several raise important concerns around data privacy and data protection. Some of these applications also face important logistical hurdles and others completely ignore the digital divide. This does not mean that drones cannot add value, but it does mean that more critical thinking is needed along with a deeper understanding of the local context, actual needs, priorities, alternatives, cultures, sciences, technologies and the digital divide to evaluate the potential value of drones in response to the pandemic.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Time: 10am New York, 4pm Madrid, 10pm Wuhan
Link: Will be emailed after completing the form below.

IUCN seeks applications from qualified individuals from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia to serve as independent experts on the respective economy-level Nature-based solutions Coordination Group.

The six Nature-based solutions Coordination Groups (one for each economy) serve as advisory and regulatory mechanisms for economy-level activities. Members will have an important role in providing guidance and recommendations on policy transformation, planning and implementation, including knowledge and capacity gaps. They will be involved in reviewing key project outputs and in advocating for climate-smart and Nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction in their respective country.

ADAPT: Nature-based Solutions for resilient societies in the Western Balkans is a project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and implemented by IUCN. It aims to increase ecosystem and community resilience to climate change and environmental degradation in the Western Balkans. This regional umbrella initiative works with the six Western Balkan economies, regional and local partners.

Closing date and time: 27 April 2020, 23:59 CET

The Call for Applications for each of the six Nature-based solutions Coordination Groups and supporting documents can be found in the downloads section of this news. 

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