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Switzerland National Platform

Description

Switzerland
National Platform for Natural Hazards
(Nationale Plattform Naturgefahren, PLANAT)
Date of creation: 1997
Website: http://www.planat.ch


History
Natural hazards are a part of Swiss habitat. In 1997, the Swiss Federal Council founded the national platform PLANAT, with the aim to improve prevention.

Structure
The national platform for natural hazards PLANAT is a governmental structure. It consists of eighteen specialists coming from all regions of Switzerland. Representatives of

1. Federal Central Government
2. Cantons
3. research community
4. professional associations
5. private sector
6. insurance companies

are represented in PLANAT. The members are experts in such diverse fields as land use planning, forestry, civil defence, risk management and natural hazard prevention, infrastructure, international development cooperation, climate impact research and many others. The Federal Council appoints them for periods of four years. The next elections will be held at the end of 2015.
The president is nominated by the plenary and elected by the Swiss Federal Council. The members elect a committee constituted by 6 persons, which prepares the plenary sessions of the commission. The platform is supported and backed by a secretariat with 2 employees, based in Bern.

Temporary working groups are established on project basis. The size of the groups varies between two and five members. As per today two working groups are active on:
• “Information and Communication”

• “International collaboration ”.

Mandate
The commission holds a threefold mandate:
Strategic work: PLANAT works on prevention and management of natural hazards and risks on a strategic level.

The platform is highly engaged in making Switzerland more resilient and in protecting the Swiss population, its natural environment and considerable material assets effectively against natural hazards.

Creation of awareness: PLANAT works towards a long-tern shift from fighting natural hazards to developing a risk culture

The committee promotes the shift from solely averting danger to a risk informed and competent way of dealing risks. It makes sure that measures are being taken which are ecologically compatible, socially just and economically efficient and therefore sustainable.

Coordination and collaboration: PLANAT builds on synergies
PLANAT exchanges knowledge and experience on a national as well as on an international level.

History
Motivated by a motion, which was filed in the federal parliament by the former Councilor of States Hans Danioth in 1999, the Swiss Federal Council (Swiss government) commissioned PLANAT to develop a comprehensive and interlinked strategy to improve the protection against natural hazards. It also intends to ensure comparable security standards throughout Switzerland based on extensive risk management. The aim is to protect people and their livelihood as well as important material assets.

This work was divided into four steps which are all completed:
The first step consisted of developing a comprehensive and interlinked strategy for improved protection against natural hazards, followed and the second step of analysing the current situation and proposing an action plan with measures (second step). The third step (action plan 2005-2008) as well as the fourth step (action plan 2009-2011) include implementing these measures.

Third step: Implementation of the action plan 2005-2008

The third step constitutes the present activities of PLANAT until 2008 and will include the implementation of the concrete measures of the action plan. The strategy according to this action plans fits to the main strategic goals of the Hyogo Framework for action 2005 – 2015.

The focal points of the action plan for the 2005 - 2008 stage are as follows: Further development of the “risk policy for natural hazards”

There are currently a series of different methods and tools for dealing with risks from natural hazard. The term “risk policy” means a universally valid model for dealing with security problems. It was developed in the technical field and should now find reinforced entrance in the field of natural hazards as “risk policy for natural hazards”.

National Platform Focal Point

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  • Contact:Member of the National Platform for Natural Hazards
  • Phone:+41 332 216 952


 
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