Disaster Risk Assessment (DRA) is a key element of decision and policy-making process. It is a multi-disciplinary process, allowing for the identification, quantification and understanding of the extent and impacts of the risks community is facing. It can be performed at different levels (from local to national and regional), in a multi-purpose framework (urban planning, spatial planning, emergency planning, etc.) and by a single or multi-risk approach.
The EU-funded Programme on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters in the Eastern Partnership Countries (PPRD East 2 Programme) assists Partner Countries in their efforts to enhance their national DRA methodology and practice. The main references are the work on DRA already developed and shared within the PPRD East Programme, and the EU Guidelines on Risk Assessment and Mapping for Disaster Management.
In Azerbaijan, a national inter-institutional Working Group on Disaster Risk Assessment has been established with the aim to work on drafting secondary legal acts regulating the DRA. Within this framework, the inaugural meeting of the Azeri DRA Working Group took place in Baku on 03 May 2018.