Networks & Cooperations

The DKKV connects nationally and internationally between actors and initiatives in the fields of crisis and disaster risk reduction, sustainability, climate change adaptation and resilience. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in particular calls for broad-based cooperation between actors from all sectors of society (e.g. science and research, administration, politics, practice) and across national borders. To this end, we are actively involved in a large number of national and international networks and cooperate with these partners in various contexts to create synergies. 


Some of these networks and cooperations are listed and explained below.


Bonn Network

The Bonn Network – International Civil Protection and Disaster Risk Reduction – is an association of numerous civil protection organizations and institutions based in Bonn. In addition to United Nations agencies, it also includes federal authorities, scientific institutions, aid organizations, companies, non-governmental organizations and many others.

The DKKV is a founding member and is actively involved in its shaping. For example, DKKV has taken over the secretariat of the network since 2020 and is thus the first point of contact for questions and organizational matters related to the network.


The research project “Sicherheitsforschung.NRW” records the variety and diversity of security policy research in and from North Rhine-Westphalia. The project is unique in Germany and aims to make this information available to the public in Germany and abroad. In the process, the actors responsible for danger prevention from politics, administration and security authorities will be identified from the perspective of the humanities and technical sciences.

The DKKV is a civilian research institution with the main research areas: Climate Change Impacts, Disaster Management, Critical Infrastructure, and Pandemics. Furthermore, research projects in which the DKKV is involved, such as the MYrisk project, are listed there.



The Klimanavigator is a national web portal with a pilot function to climate and environmental information in Germany. This portal bundles and points the way to the climate knowledge and knowledge on adaptation options available in science and to the relevant organizations and institutions.

The DKKV is a member of the Klimanavigator network and uses this to transfer knowledge to the network and to disseminate relevant topics to DKKV members.


The National Focal Point for the UN Sendai Framework was established in 2017 by the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), the Federal Foreign Office (AA) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Its task is to manage the implementation processes of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Germany. To this end, it ensures reporting to the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), coordinates and supports the national implementation of the Sendai Framework and related activities in networking, public relations and administration.

DKKV is in regular contact with the National Contact Point (NCP) and is involved, for example, in joint events such as the Disaster Risk Reduction symposium.



The Association française pour la prévention des catastrophes naturelles et technologiques (AFPCNT) is a French organization focused on reducing the impact of disasters through prevention, preparedness and response. It works to improve community resilience and raise public awareness of disaster risks through education and research, bringing together disaster preparedness actors from research, policy, and civil society, among others.

Since 2019, DKKV and AFPCNT have been meeting for a monthly online regulars’ table to exchange ideas on German-French as well as European disaster risk reduction. At regular intervals, joint events are planned and implemented.


The Community for European Research and Innovation for Security (CERIS) is a platform established by the European Commission to facilitate interaction between the security research community and users of research results. Thematic events are regularly organized for the security research community.

DKKV is a member of this platform and is represented by a board member in the expert group “Risikomodellierung und Komplexität”.


The European Science and Technology Group (E-STAG) was established in 2018 to address the needs of the science and technology community for better integration into disaster risk reduction efforts. The goal of E-STAG is to address new challenges in disaster risk reduction and contribute to research and evidence-based implementation of the Sendai Framework.

DKKV is participating with a board member in the expert Group and acts as a knowledge broker.



The Disaster and Emergency Research Network was founded with the goal of enabling researchers to share their studies and projects from around the world and to collaborate with like-minded researchers on disaster risk management and equity issues. This has developed into an email distribution list that all members can use to send each other papers, work together on projects, and have discussions about their topics.

The DKKV office is a member here and uses the network to disseminate information and events and shares relevant information with DKKV members.


The Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management is a project with the aim of strengthening the German contribution to improving global disaster risk management and supporting the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR). The project was launched by BMZ in 2013 and is implemented by giz to date. The initiative advocates for risk-informed development.

DKKV is in personal contact with the initiative and repeatedly supports activities such as the Early Warning Knowledge Network and Hotel Resilient


The Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS) is a program and scientific alliance of UNU-EHS and Eurac Research. The goal of GLOMOS is, among other things, to contribute to the development of resilient mountain communities to environmental hazards and disaster risks, naturally and human-induced.

DKKV is one of the cooperation partners of GLOMOS and regularly participates in workshops.


The Global Network for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) is an international network of civil society organizations working to reduce disaster risk and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities. It aims to improve the recognition and integration of local perspectives, capacities, and experiences into disaster risk reduction policy and practice through advocacy and knowledge sharing. GNDR supports its members in building disaster resilient communities through capacity building, awareness raising, and networking.

Since 2020, DKKV has been the National Contact Point for Germany and regularly participates in advisory board meetings with other European Contact Points.


ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of over 1,750 cities, towns and regions working for a sustainable future. It supports its members through knowledge exchange, capacity building, and advocacy on local sustainability issues, and works to build sustainable communities that are resilient, healthy, and livable.

DKKV partnered with ICLEI in hosting the Resilient Cities Congress, including offering 2 field trips for participants.Through the Bonn Network, DKKV regularly exchanges ideas with ICLEI.


Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) is an international research program that looks at the challenges of managing disasters and mitigating their impacts.
It also aims to improve policy-making mechanisms related to the management and prevention of impacts from natural events.
IRDR is funded by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the International Science Council (ISC), among others.
To support the research, there is a network of national committees in UN member states.

DKKV is the national contact point for Germany and thus serves as a national committee within the IRDR network.


The Risk KAN – Knowledge Action Network on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events – is a network that aims to bring together international actors in the field of disaster research and management and to create opportunities to benefit from the different expertise. The network aims to reduce disaster risk due to climate change and to identify research priorities for this. Furthermore, the cooperation between science, economy, politics, administration and NGOs shall be intensified by the different members.

The DKKV is a member of the Risk KAN and Benni Thiebes is additionally part of a working group on early warning systems as managing director of the DKKV.


The UNFCCC Is the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Secretariat works to achieve the stated objective of maintaining greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous interference with the climate system.
Among other activities, the UNFCCC supports climate change negotiations, the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Climate Agreement. The Secretariat also assists governments and institutions in developing techniques that can help increase resilience to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.

DKKV holds observer status, which DKKV representatives regularly use to attend and report on the UN Climate Change Conference.