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.

Focal Points

Hyogo Framework for Action

Ministère de l'Écologie, du Développement durable et de l'Énergie (MEDDE)

Contact: Chef de delegation
Phone: +33 140 818 638 +33 162 617 2343

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Institutional Structure / National Platform Description


The French National Platform succeeded the French Government Committee for IDNDR (1990-2000), and has been active since its inception in fostering cooperation for DRR activities in France and Europe.


The French Platform is a partnership between national and local public authorities, agencies and civil society DRR stakeholders at national and local levels. It is led by the Ministry for Ecology, sustainable development and Energy (MEDDE) in charge of DRR policies, with the support of AFPCN, Association pour la prévention des catastrophes naturelles.  It works under the aegis of the COPRNM (Conseil d'orientation pour les risques naturels majeurs), the advisory body for the Minister on DRR matters, gathering the main stakeholders in this domain.

The functions of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction are performed under the direct supervision of the general director for risks prevention and also major risk delegates. The HFA focal point is located within the MEDDE, the general directorate for risk prevention (DGPR). The HFA Focal Point is Mr. Jacques FAYE, head of unit of preventive information, coordination and prospective (DGPR/SRNH/BIPC), and secondary by Marie-Pierre Méganck, head of unit of European and international affairs (DGPR/CAEI). All activities are carried out in association with AFPCN.

Main members

Public bodies

  • Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy leader and all other ministries


Local authorities (regions, departments, cities and others)

  • DRR Stakeholders
  • Other NGO
  • National scientific and academic authorities
  • Private sector



The MEDDE supports the running costs of the platform; the budget for specific activities is financed by small subsidies from other Ministries (Interior etc.) and by contributions from AFPCN members, including through pro bono work.


The National Platform helps shaping public policies on DRR. It provides proposals, policy guidance notes and recommendations involving public authorities, research community and civil society on major issues related to disaster risks and is currently concentrating its activities in the following areas:

  • National strategy for flood risk management;
  • Prevention of seismic risks;
  • Strategic approach to international activities of DRR;
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of local risk prevention planning;
  • DRR and global change adaptation;
  • Linking prevention and emergency response stakeholders;
  • Vigilance and early warning systems;
  • Networks' vulnerability and resilience;
  • Education and public awareness.



The COPRNM holds 3 plenary sessions per year since Sept 2009. Working groups are active all through the year.

Activities carried out by AFPCN (since 2001: workshops, working groups, seminars, exhibitions, etc.) are listed in and 

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HFA Progress Reports

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Other Policy, Plans & Statements

Policy & Plans

Official Statements & Presentations

Other Development Reports

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Country Information

61.6 million
GDP 2007:
1,444.2 billion USD


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