Risk assessment requires accurate recording of previous disasters and, in particular, the associated losses in terms of human casualities, property and environment damage as well as economic loss. The collection of data and the assessment of disaster impact is a challenge in many countires involving different institutions and actors, and requiring consistent application of an agreed methodology.
The EU has developed guidance on recording and sharing loss data. On the basis of the guidance and with the help of IPA DRAM, the Western Balkans and Turkey can further develop and improve their national data collection and processing. Furhermore, this could eventually lead to the sharing of information on disaster impacts at regional, European and global levels by connecting relevant communication platforms and databases.