Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation in the face of Natural Disasters: Civil Protection and Emergency Management

24 November 2022. From 18:00  To 19:30 | Conference | Spanish | CaixaForum Macaya, Barcelona
A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop as a wildfire burns in the village of Vilia, Greece, August 18, 2021. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

With the impacts of climate change, the Mediterranean Basin is increasingly exposed to natural risks (floods, forest fires, etc.) requiring strong mechanisms for prevention, preparedness, and management. This dialogue aims at assessing the current and future natural risks affecting human security in the Mediterranean, before debating the challenges and opportunities for greater cooperation between national civil protection organisations to prevent and respond to different types of emergencies in the region.

Captain Laurent Alfonso is a professional firefighter of the French national civil protection. An expert in the European Civil Protection Mechanism, he has worked in many countries as a trainer in operational management and command, forest fires, communication, and prevention. His long career has sent him to almost all corners of the world to provide training, support or participate in major rescue operations. Since February 2022, Captain Laurent Alfonso has been seconded by the Government of France to the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) to support the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue on civil protection.

The session is introduced and moderated by Carmen Llasat, Professor of the Department of Applied Physics, Coordinator of the Consolidated Research Group on Meteorology at the University of Barcelona (UB) and Steering Committee Member of the Group of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change (MedECC). Co-organised by the IEMed and the Club of Rome in collaboration with La Caixa Foundation as part of the Med Dialogues +2030 conference series.

The dialogue takes place at the Sala d’Actes of the CaixaForum Macaya, Pg. de Sant Joan, 108, Barcelona. Free entrance with prior registration.



Laurent Alfonso

Senior Advisor in Civil Protection Union for the Mediterranean

Carmen Llasat

Professor of the Department of Applied Physics and Coordinator of the Consolidated Research Group on Meteorology University of Barcelona (UB)

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