54 partner organisations across five EU-funded projects came together to recommend new European Resilience Management Guidelines. Developed over the last three years, these guidelines have the potential to improve the security and safety of citizens and society.
On Tuesday 10 April, these projects – DARWIN, IMPROVER, RESILENS, RESOLUTE and Smart Mature Resilience – launched the ‘White Paper on Resilience Management Guidelines for Critical Infrastructures’, outlining key recommendations for European policy makers.
Speaking about the significance of the white paper, DARWIN project coordinator Dr Ivonne Herrera from SINTEF, Norway, said:
“It’s so important for Europe to be able to be flexible and adaptable when faced with expected and unexpected crises. The work of these five projects has moved us confidently from theory to practice and progressed from risk management to include resilience management. The Resilience Management Guidelines we have produced will complement existing strategies, practices and procedures and enhance Europe’s ability to bounce back from these crises.”
The European Resilience Management Guidelines and associated tools, such as serious gaming based on virtual reality and simulation, were presented at the Critical Infrastructure Resilience 2018 Conference.
Attendees included policy makers, resilience managers and practitioners, who heard from resilience experts on topics such as resilience intervention tools, resilience policy and standardization.
The five projects are part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and cooperate together under crisis management topic 7: ‘crisis and disaster resilience – operationaliSing resilience concepts (DRS-7)’.