Overview of natural and man-made disaster risks the European Union may face
This Commission staff working document is the second edition of an overview of the
natural and man-made disaster risks that the EU may face, prepared under EU legislation
on civil protection. The aim of the overview is to capture the trends in the ever-evolving
disaster risk landscape, discuss the major drivers shaping it, take a closer look at 12 selected
disaster risks of particular relevance for Europe and to assess the implications of
developments in disaster risks for risk management. The purpose of the overview is to foster a
sound understanding of disaster risks facing Europe’s population and to inform
decisions on risk management to prevent loss of life and damages.
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