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Copernicus Risk & Recovery Mapping: Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction around the globe

21 September 2018

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Since 1989, the United Nations has facilitated global initiatives to reduce the impact of disasters. The latest agreement, the Sendai Framework, was adopted to guide collaborative efforts from 2015 to 2030. The framework encourages an increased use of Earth Observation (EO) technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

Responding to this global call for collaboration, the European Commission introduced the Risk & Recovery Mapping (RRM) component of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS).RRM is a tool for preparedness, prevention, and Disaster Risk Reduction activities, but it also can be used to monitor reconstruction after a disaster. Since its launch in 2015, RRM has been activated more than 50 times and has delivered mapping products covering situations in almost 30 countries.

Source: Copernicus

Image credit: Copernicus EMS - A reference map produced for the Dhanusa area in Nepal.