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The vision of the conference is to help further the understanding of risk by supporting a network of experts and practitioners that share knowledge and experience, and discuss best practices and innovative approaches in assessing risk and communicating risk information. UR has become the preeminent platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation in identifying and assessing disaster risk.
Extreme weather is fast becoming the 'new normal' in the Balkans. In May 2014, historic flooding pushed over 125,000 people into poverty in Serbia alone, and caused damages and losses well over $2 billion in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A stifling round of record temperatures smothered Southern Europe last year, buckling train tracks in Serbia and earning the nickname ‘Lucifer’ for scorching temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius, with similar temperatures affecting the region just a few months ago. According to international researchers, climate change played a significant role in both these heatwaves – and trends may worsen in coming decades.
Today EU starts the peer review mission on civil protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the inception meeting the team of experts coming from the Union Civil Protection Mechanism were introduced together with the objectives and goals of the mission. In the next 5 days the experts will assess the legislative, strategic and institutional framework in the area of civil protection throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina leading to a set of targeted recommendations which can be followed by the national and local authorities. Out of 10 DPPI SEE member states, Bosnia and Herzegovina is the only one currently not a member of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism. As part of the session dedicated to international organizations, DPPI SEE Head of Secretariat has presented the Initiative, the work that has been done in the past and the plans for the future.

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