A very interesting short document on the Albanian risk profile, national DRR legal framework, best DRR practices and remaining gaps has been recently published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The document is an anticipation of a forthcoming full report on the legislation and disaster risk reduction at the community level in Albania.
The report is one of several case studies the IFRC is undertaking in various countries to learn about how legislation can support (or impede) disaster risk reduction, particularly at the community level.
In 2005, the Hyogo Framework for Action highlighted the importance of good legislation to support disaster risk reduction (DRR). Without dedicated legislative frameworks, both government's own activities and the supportive work of community-based organizations can be impacted.
IFRC highlights that while the need for strong legislation is frequently mentioned in global guidance materials on risk reduction, little detail is generally available about what a good law should contain. In this sense the organization has undertaken a consultation process with its members and key partners on how can legislation best promote risk reduction at the community level and is preparing a series of national case studies. The IFRC also organized a side event on this topic during the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction organized in Geneva on 8-13 May 2011,Download the document