Worldwide, the number of disasters has increased in frequency the last 20 years. Disasters cause loss of lives, destroy valuable investment and threat a sustainable development. Climate change will result in even more intense disasters in the future. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo* and Turkey are disaster prone countries and face multiple natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, wildfires, heat waves and drought. Enhanced disaster risk management capacities to prevent risks and increase resilience would save lives, secure investment and ensure sustainable development. The needs to further strengthen capacities in the field of civil protection and general risk management in this region, and coordination both within the region and with sister agencies in EU-countries, was recognised by EU Member States and the European Commission through dedicated projects within the Instrument for Pre-accession (IPA). In this framework, the Programme for Disaster Risk Assessment and Mapping (IPA DRAM) further contributes to enhance the capabilities of the partner countries to strengthen disaster risk management by creating an open platform for the development and improvement of national disaster loss databases, enhancing the coherence among the national systems and methodologies, and consistency with existing EU regulations, guidelines and good practices.