Germany

This country is covered by UNISDR's Europe office.

This risk profile is currently being updated with new data from the 2013 Global Risk Update.
Germany has a National Platform

Focal Points

National Platform, Hyogo Framework for Action

German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV)

Website: http://www.dkkv.org
Contact: Executive Director
Phone: +49 228 619 1942 +49-1629097040

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Institutional Structure / National Platform Description

History

Following the launch of the IDNDR in 1990 the Federal Foreign office took the initiative to motivate different civil society actors to come together to establish a National IDNDR Committee.

At the end of the decade, the United Nations appealed to member states to establish organizations for disaster risk reduction or to support any existing national and international committees and organizations. Germany, which held the European Union Presidency at the time, drafted the EU position on the institutional framework for the continuation of international efforts for disaster risk reduction, and thus conveyed its member countries’ plea for the United Nations to continue to steer international processes and to uphold a separate secretariat for disaster risk reduction in form of what was to become the ISDR secretariat. This was later established through the ECOSOC-Resolution 1999/63 and the General Assembly Resolution 54/219.

As logical consequences to its international efforts, Germany subsequently created in 2000 the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) as a successor arrangement for the German IDNDR Committee. In Germany, there was a clear consensus among all stakeholders that activities with regard to disaster reduction should be continued. The Federal Foreign Office as main donor to the work of the German National Platform ensured their continuing support. Thus, the Committee was able to continue its activities without any interruption. The structure remained the same. The name was changed from “German National IDNDR Committee” to “German Committee for Disaster Reduction”

Structure

The DKKV is a registered non-profit association under private law. The structure of DKKV provides a number of possibilities for information exchange, decision making processes and joint member initiatives:

DKKV is directed by an Executive Board, currently chaired by Gerold Reichenbach, Member of Parliament. Composed of ten representatives of DKKV member organizations it meets 4-5 time per year.

  • Its members discuss and take strategic decisions with regard to work plan implementation and on future strategic orientations of DKKV.
  • The Executive Board is supported by a Scientific Advisory Board and an Operating Advisory Board. The Scientific Advisory Board and the Operative Advisory Board meet twice a year each. Members exchange information on on-going and upcoming initiatives. Out of members of these two boards temporary working groups are established to provide expertise and joint comments on defined areas of interest of DKKV.
  • A Secretariat with 5 staff members coordinates the different activities of the Committee and ensures the flow of information among network members and with other national and international partners.
  • The Member Assembly is the main body of the association and meets at least once a year. The assembly elects the Board of the Committee and is the decision making body for longer term strategic decision making and legally binding agreements.

 

It currently has 35 voluntary committee members and about 20 long-term guest members from the area of policy, administration, science, the media, private sector and aid organizations.

Budget

Core funding for DKKV and its activities is provided through a membership fee. As key contributor to ISDR processes, the biggest share of project funding is provided by the Federal Foreign Office. DKKV also receives various types of financing tied to specific projects and limited in duration and scope. The DKKV is also entitled to accept tax-deductible donations, as it has been certified as a non-profit organization.

Aims

The DKKV is designated by the German Government the National Platform for disaster reduction. It also serves as the German Hyogo Framework for  Action (HFA) focal point institution. As such it serves as focal point and information hub for organizations and initiatives involved in disaster reduction and promotes the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action. It is also a center of expertise in all matters relating to national and international disaster reduction issues. The Committee’s headquarter is in Bonn, located amidst the German and several international development Institutions.

In November 2010 ICSU nominated DKKV as National Commission in Germany for the ten years programme International Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR). 

Activities

Contribution to UNISDR processes and initiatives

The Committee continues to provide substantive input to UNISDR processes and initiatives. It proactively facilitates the participation of German DRR stakeholders and organizations in international DRR initiatives and meetings, including thematic platforms. It also served as a partner for the UNISDR secretariat by developing a Concept Note: “Learning to live with risk – Disaster Risk Reduction to encourage Education for Sustainable Development” as an input to the Midterm Conference of UNESCO on “Education for Sustainable Development”, by identifying “Upcoming Challenges in Early Warning” in a study to draft a future oriented work-programme of UNISDR Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning (PPEW) and by promoting capacity development tools for DRR. DKKV is a staunch supporter to further promote the concept of National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction at global and regional level, one activity being the initiation of the Recommendations of National platforms to the Chair of the Global Platform 2009.

Linking DRR and climate change

DKKV is an official partner to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Nairobi Work Programme. As chair of a European network of National Platforms, DKKV gathered and submitted European National Platforms’ and HFA Focal point joint comments on a number of European Commission initiatives, like the Green paper on Adaptation to Climate Change. At the Global Platform DKKV presented its study “Addressing the Challenge – the integration of disaster risk reduction into the adaptation to climate change” and organized a side event. DKKV participated as National Platform at COP 15, gathering members and partners for a side event and the organization of a booth.

In addition to the update of the National Report on the implementation of the HFA and active contribution to the process DKKV will contribute to the Midterm Review and Global Assessment Report with a study on “Qualitative improvements of Climate Change Adaptation through Disaster Risk Reduction tools” (Working Title).

At national level, DKKV participates in the development of the German National Adaptation Plan. DKKV also organized several workshops and other meetings to discuss climate change and disaster risk reduction. One initiative of last year was a one year partnership with the German Global Compact Network on private sector and adaptation to climate change.

Founding member of a European network of National Platforms for DRR DKKV has been stressing the importance of networking. International networks provide the basis for concerted action, at various national levels, across national boundaries. In this respect, and following a number of initiatives over the last years, in April 2007 the Swiss, French and German National Platform signed an agreement of cooperation, establishing a European Network of National Platforms and HFA Focal Points. Since its start the three partners in the network already managed to provide a number of coordinated inputs to disaster reduction relevant developments at the level of the European Commission e.g.

  • Joint comments on the “Greenpaper on adaptation to Climate Change”
  • Coordinated follow-up on the negotiation process on the Greenpaper
  • Submission of two proposals to DG Research Calls “Natural hazards” and “Coordinating action”
  • Joined implementation of a EC funded project on lessons learned from disasters.

Last year the National Platforms of Czech Republic and Poland joined the network.

Improvement of disaster management

Conceptual enhancement of disaster management has been identified by DKKV members as core for the integration of DRR. This includes analysing relevant topics, both national and international, and developing concepts in topic areas. The areas of “Natural disasters and conflicts”, “Natural disasters and poverty”, “Natural disasters and global change” where identified as areas to start with. Already a number of workshops took place and publications were presented providing conceptual background on relevance to the topic and ways to mainstream DRR into these topics. Recently a study on the “Humanitarian Impacts of Climate Change” started, which will contribute to the MTR of HFA and the GAR.

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Country Information

Population:
82.6 million
GDP 2007:
1,999.5 billion USD

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