The mission of UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education is to contribute to the education and training of professionals and to build the capacity of sector organisation, knowledge centres and other institutions that are active in the fields of water, environment and infrastructure. UNESCO-IHE is dedicated to scientific research, postgraduate education and training. UNESCO-IHE determines education, training and research Mnternational network of 13,000 alumni in more than 160 countries. On average, around 200 Master and 25 PhD students enrol for studies yearly. The institute has vast experience in research projects.

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The University of Brescia is a public University with four Faculties: Engineering, Economics and Business, Law and Medicine. With its 559 permanent teaching staff, offers about 50 undergraduate Degree programs and 20 Doctoral Degree programs. In 2008, 13967 students were enrolled. The team contributing to this project is an active component of the Department of Civil Engineering Architecture Land and Environment, with a permanent staff of 48 professors and researchers. The University has a long experience in research projects. In particular, the research group involved in KULTURisk have had a key role in MAP D-PHASE and RAPHAEL, a FP4 project it coordinated under the contract ENV 4-CT97-0552.

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The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF, the Centre) is an independent international organisation supported by 31 European States. In addition, co-operation agreements have also been concluded with: World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD), Joint Research Centre (JRC), Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), Executive Body of the Convention on Long-Range  Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP), European Space Agency (ESA).

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The University of Ljubljana comprises 20 faculties, 3 academies of arts and 3 university colleges. It is the biggest university in the Republic of Slovenia. The University of Ljubljana has nearly 50,000 students, more than 5,000 employees and 1,800 teachers. The University also offers a wide selection of postgraduate studies, with MSc and PhD degrees offered in over 250 fields and more than yearly more than 300 candidates successfully finished doctoral study. University of Ljubljana is ranked on Academic Ranking of World Universities in first 500 universities and on WEBOMETRICS it takes 127 place between European universities and has a long record of successful participation in multi-disciplinary EU-funded projects.

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The Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL is, as part of the Swiss Institute of Technology ETH domain, one of the leading environmental research institutes of Switzerland. It focuses on the topics landscape development and natural hazards and combining fundamental and applied research activities provides high-quality contributions to science and practice. The Research Unit Economics and Social Sciences investigates the interaction between society, economy and the natural environment. WSL has been involved in many national, international and EU-funded research projects.

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CORILA (Consortium for Managing Research Activities in the Venice
Lagoon) is a consortium between the University Ca‟ Foscari of Venice, the University of Padua, the University IUAV of Venice, the National Science Council of Italy (CNR) and the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS). It is an independent institution, under Ministry of Research control, with a Scientific Committee and a Board of Directors. CORILA promotes and coordinates research related to the Venice Lagoon. It facilitates interaction with the international scientific community, carries out interdisciplinary scientific research projects and organises widespread dissemination of the research.

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KINGS COLLEGE LONDON (KCL), Department of Geography: A member of the Russell Group, a coalition of the UK's major research-based universities. The Department of Geography has a recognised tradition in international research on the physical and socioeconomic dimensions of environmental hazards and houses the Hazards and Risk Research Group and brings together a large number of environmental and social science researchers for the purpose of understanding vulnerability and risk with particular emphasis on risk communication and analysis including risks associated with climate change.

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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a research based policy support organisation and an integral part of the European Commission. JRC is a Directorate General, providing the scientific advice and technical know-how to support EU policies. The JRC FLOODS action is part of the Land Management and Natural Hazards Unit of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability. It aims at developing EU-wide methodologies and information systems for the prevention of impacts, prediction and assessment of weather driven natural hazards (in particular floods and droughts) to complement Member State activities in current and changing climate conditions.



The Alto Adriatico Water Authority (AAWA) is responsible for the management of the rivers flowing into the Northern Adriatic Sea, namely Isonzo, Tagliamento, Livenza, Piave and Brenta. The AAWA is in charge of the catchment planning, including remedial measures to reduce hydraulic and geological risks, as well as for the protection and the sustainable use of water resources. It coordinates the activities to be implemented on a basin scale such as safeguarding the quality and quantity of water resources, attain the best possible balance among the contrasting water use, study the schemes necessary to prevent, in particular, disastrous events - droughts and floods. According to the WFD, the AAWA coincides with the Eastern Alps river District. AAWA promotes Basin Plans which indicate the objectives of  he flood risk management in the North East Italy, and the measures aimed to achieve these objectives.

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The University of Bristol is a research intensive higher education Institution based in the UK. It conducts teaching and research across the full range of academic disciplines from Medicine, Science and Engineering to Law, Social Science and the Arts. With a turnover of £350M in 2007/8 it employs nearly 6000 staff and is attended by approximately 19000 students. Of all the University‟s departments the School of Geographical Sciences has consistently gained the highest research ranking in the UK Government‟s Research Assessment Exercise and is internationally recognized for the excellence of its scholarship.

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Willis Group Holdings Limited is a leading global insurance broker, developing and delivering professional insurance, reinsurance, risk management, financial and human resource consulting and actuarial services to corporations, public entities and institutions around the world. Willis has created the Willis Research Network (WRN) to undertake research that evaluates the frequency, severity and impact of natural catastrophes and develop private and public sector risk financing to share the costs of these extreme events across populations. It supports university research in Europe, North America and across Asia-Pacific, with 32 leading institutions across a full range of disciplines from atmospheric science and climate statistics, to geography, hydrology and seismology, working together to assess the impacts on the environment via engineering, exposure analysis and Geographic Information Systems.

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