Never a week goes by without reports of a natural disaster in the world’s headlines. From forest fires and droughts to earthquakes and volcano eruptions, international teams are at the ready to fly in at a moment’s notice to help. The EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement, set up in 1987, continues to this day to co-ordinate responses to disaster, working to create better prevention and risk management techniques and to ensure the best technical co-operation when disasters arise. To date twenty three of the Council of Europe’s 47 member states are members, along with Algeria, Lebanon and Morocco. See more EUR-OPA work.