Albania is highly exposed and vulnerable to natural hazards. However, to date we know little about the ability of the government and communities of the country to manage natural hazard-related risks. This report identifies and elaborates general needs with respect to strengthening disaster risk management in Albania.
The report covers the five priority areas of action under the Hyogo Framework for Action. It begins with an analysis of the enabling environment and institutions involved in disaster risk reduction (DRR). Risk assessment and early warning systems are then examined. The ensuing sections deal with capacity development and education, the integration of DRR into development, and the state of preparedness and response mechanisms. Cross-cutting issues covered include gender, mechanisms for dealing with climate change, and regional and international cooperation. The report also includes an overarching SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis and results and recommendations from a national policy dialogue.
 The HFA was elaborated and signed by over 160 countries during the World Conference on Disaster Reduction held in Kobe, Japan in January 2005. It sets the global DRR agenda through 2015
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This publication has been produced by the South East Europe Regional Disaster Risk Management Programme with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the UNDP and WMO and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.