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‘Think long-term to avoid disasters’, report recommends

Long-term initiatives bringing together researchers and policymakers could help to reduce the damage caused by natural disasters, a European Commission report has said.

A particular challenge in managing the risks of disasters – such as floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions – is the lack of continuity in collaboration between policymakers and researchers, according to the first major report from the Commission’s Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre, which was published on 23 May.

“As interlocutors both on policymaker side (rotation) and on scientific side (projects end, new projects start over) change often, there is a continuous learning curve. Establishing well-funded, long-term partnerships may be beneficial,” the report said.

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