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Recommendations on Measuring Hazardous Events and Disasters

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The Recommendations clarify the role of national statistical offices and other members of national statistical systems in providing information related to hazardous events and disasters, and identify practical steps needed for these organisations, in coordination with national agencies responsible for disaster risk management, to better support disaster risk management efforts. The Recommendations have been prepared by the UNECE Task Force on Measuring Extreme Events and Disasters, composed of Armenia, Italy (Chair), New Zealand, Republic of Moldova, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey, and the following international organisations: UN ECLAC; European Space Agency (ESA), Eurostat, FAO, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, UNECE, UN ESCAP, UNISDR, WHO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Furthermore, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) participated in the work of the Task Force.

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Introduction

8. This publication presents recommendations for national statistical offices (NSOs) and other organisations within national statistical systems (NSS) on their roles in supporting the measurement of hazardous events and disasters (HED). In any given country, organisations within NSS have a wealth of information at their disposal that can be useful in all phases of disaster risk management (DRM). In addition, they have other competencies relevant to the work on DRM, including experience in coordinating different data producers; use of common standards and classifications; and adherence to strict professional principles and quality criteria. Despite these resources, however, NSOs and their NSS partners are often not involved in supporting DRM to the extent that they could be.

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