Disaster Management - GARD - Get Airports Ready for Disaster

Disaster Management - GARD - Get Airports Ready for Disaster

  • Overview

    Vision / description

    In the wake of a natural disaster, airports in or near the affected area often become bottlenecks in the flow of relief supplies. To help this issue, we collaborate with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to conduct multi-day workshops for personnel at airports and local disaster management organizations. Our Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) program involves a long-term strategic partnership with the UNDP. Through this partnership we are able to cooperate closely with local authorities and government ministries in each of the GARD workshop countries. This facilitates both planning and execution of the workshops, as well as subsequent implementation of the action measures identified during the workshops. Through the partnership with UNDP, GARD also becomes a platform for dialogue and exchange between experts in humanitarian logistics and disaster management. The UNDP receives financial support from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for the GARD program.

    Project objectives

    The workshops prepare participants for the logistical challenge of a disaster relief effort, and help them improve processes for dispatching and processing large volumes of incoming relief workers and supplies.
    During the workshops, our air freight experts help participants conduct a capacity assessment of their airport, review existing emergency plans, and conduct risk analyses as needed. The resulting action recommendations are included by the United Nations in the country’s own emergency response plans; this helps ensure effective implementation of the workshop measures.


    People and communities near airports at risk of significant damage from natural disasters.

    Current progress

    The GARD program has continued to grow since the first pilot workshop back in 2009. So far more than 40 airports around the world have been prepared for disaster situations and more than 950 participants have taken part in the training. For the future we are planning additional GARD workshops, as well as the further expansion of the follow-up program known as “GARD plus”.

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    Sustainable Development Goals

    13. Climate action; 17. Partnerships for the goals

    Partnership types of interest

    Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Regions / countries / territories

    Europe: Germany

    Issue areas

    Climate Change; Education

    Business sectors



    Existing partners

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

    Preferred partner organisation(s)

    UN Entity

    Type of support needed


    Collective Action
    • This initiative has a potential for scalability.
    • This initiative is seeking additional partners.
    • This initiative respects all dimensions of sustainable development.
    • This initiative is not submitted with commercial intent.