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Working Group 3 : Risk, Vulnerability & Disaster Impact Assessment

Chair: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

ISDR-IATF Working Group # 3 on Risk, Vulnerability and Impact Assessment
Report from a Meeting on Improving the Quality, Coverage and Accuracy of Disaster Loss Data
Geneva, May 7, 2004


  • Document approaches, methods and tools for risk, vulnerability and impact assessment and promote information sharing and dissemination;
  • Facilitate co-ordination and improve synergy between international, regional, national, scientific, academic, nongovernmental and private sector organizations in developing and applying approaches to risk, vulnerability and impact assessment;
  • Identify gaps and issues to be resolved in the development and application of risk, vulnerability and impact assessment and recommend and propose policy initiatives and strategies to the IATF to address such issues and gaps; and
  • Play an advocacy role within the priority areas of ISDR-IATF, specifically highlighting small- and medium-scale disasters and their socio-economic and ecological risks, as well as the need for the continual linking of disaster risk management to development planning and vice versa.

Contribute to sustainable reduction in disaster risk by incorporating approaches, methods and tools for risk, vulnerability and impact assessment in risk reduction processes.


The Working Groups 3 is subdivided into 3 sub-groups with the following responsibilities and co-chairs:


Sub-group 1:
Improving the Quality, Coverage and Accuracy of Disaster Database
Chair: IRI Columbia University

This sub-group initiated a serie of studies to compare existing disaster databases.

One study compared historical disaster event data for Chile, Colombia, Jamaica and Panama from two data bases, EMDAT, maintained by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), and DesInventar, developed by the Network for Social Studies on Disaster Prevention in Latin America (LA RED).

The second other study, initiated by the ProVention Consortium and carried out by CRED, compared data for Honduras, India, Mozambique and Vietnam from EMDAT and two other global databases, NatCat and Sigma, maintained by the Munich and Swiss Reinsurance companies, respectively.

An other main area of focus is the potential for linking disaster and related data from different sources through a common unique identifying number (GLIDE) that would be assigned to each event. An unambiguous reference to each event would facilitate comparison and synthesis of data from multiple sources and contribute towards the development of an integrated, multi-tiered global disaster database.

  Related documents
(522Kb) The Quality and Accuracy of Disaster Data
A Comparative Analyses of Three Global Data Sets

Debarati Guha-Sapir
Regina Below
WHO Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters
University of Louvain School of Medicine
Brussels, Belgium

The ProVention Consortium
The Disaster Management Facility, The World Bank

(2.60Mb) Comparative Analysis of Disaster Databases

Sub-group 2:
Review of Indexes relevant for Risk and Vulnerability Indexing
Chair: UNDP

This newly established sub-group covers the following topics:

  • Review of relevant indexes
  • Examples of disaster risk indexes
  • Disaster risk reduction framework and its potential indexing
  Related documents
(111Kb) Summary Review of Selected Regional and Global Indexes:
Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development

Sub-group 3:
Tools and best Practices for Risk and Vulnerability Analysis at the Local and Urban Levels

This Sub-group is working in collection and organisation of an inventory of risk analysis and vulnerability mitigation tools, which can be easily, accessed both by UN-ISDR partners and the general public through the Internet.

The sub-group is presently in the first phase of the project which is the web-site architecture, the intensive collection of further tools and information, the development through consultation guidelines for highlighting best practices in disaster management, and the organisation of the material in an accessible manner.

  Related documents
(279Kb) Quantification of risk, vulnerability and impact of disasters


Institution Name email
ADPC Loy Rego
ADRC Etsuko Tsunozaki
ADRC Masaru Arakida
Center for Studies on Disease and Natural Risk, Colombia Omar Cardona
CRED Debarati Gupa-Sapir
DG/JRC Ana Lisa Vetere Arellano
ICSU Bob Hamilton
IFRC Eva von Oelreich
IISD Mark Halle
IRI Maxx Dilley
LARED Fernando Ramirez
Munich Re Gerhard Berz
NSET Amod Mani Dixit
OAS Steve Bender,
OCHA Craig Duncan
OCHA Pablo Recalde
SOPAC Alan Mearns
UN/ISDR Mohamed Abchir
UN/ISDR Haris Sanahuja
UNCRD Kenji Okazaki
UNDP Andrew Maskrey
UNDP Yasemin Aysan
UNEP Pascal Peduzzi
UNEP Ron Witt
UNEP Norberto Fernández
UNESCO Soren Malling
UNHCR Aziz Ahamed
University of Geneva Jean-Jacques Wagner
WFP Daly Belgasmi
WMO/WCA Paul Llanso,
World Agency of Planetary Monitoring and Earthquake Risk Reduction, Geneva Max Wyss
World Bank Margaret Arnold