Finding Synergies in Resilience Management

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DARWIN, IMPROVER, RESILENS, RESOLUTE and SMR are all funded by H2020 and are working towards improved resilience to natural and manmade disasters. The five projects get together regularly to discuss where they can find synergies, and to identify opportunities for cooperation. At their most recent meeting they provided updates on their work on resilience guidelines and upcoming events where they can cooperate.

The DARWIN Resilience Management Guidelines will address existing emergency management guidelines, and allow emergency and resilience managers to assess and improve their resilience. The first generic guidelines have just been completed, and these will be adapted to Air Traffic Management and Healthcare later this year. SINTEF Emergency picture

IMPROVER is focussing on Critical Infrastructures (CI) and how to protect them during disasters and emergencies. They are also working on guidelines which will incorporate a framework which is compatible with current guidelines and used on three CI levels:

 – CI assets (a focus on individual assets)
 – Systems (assets aggregation including cascading effects- multiple assets)
 – National or regional levels

The first draft of the RESILENS European Resilience Management Guideline (ERMG) has been developed. RESILENS will develop ERMG to support the practical application of resilience to all CI sectors. Accompanying the ERMG will be a Resilience Management Matrix and Audit Toolkit. These will enable a resilience score to be attached to an individual CI, organisation (e.g. CI provider) and at different spatial scales (urban, regional, national and transboundary).

Two guidelines have been put forward in the RESOLUTE project. The first is a general non CI specific guideline, and the second is a guideline specifically adapted to Urban Transport Systems. The RESOLUTE guidelines can be used on three levels, i.e. (i) comparing desired functions defined in the ERMG against functions in place, (ii) assessing how functions implemented in the CIs are aligned with ERMG recommendations and (iii) assessing function interdependencies.

Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) will deliver a Resilience Management Guideline to support city decision-makers in developing and implementing resilience measures in their cities. The presentation highlighted the “cities definition” and identified the “tier-cities” scale used by the SMR project. SMR is developing a risk assessment questionnaire; a simulation model; and a policy repository in order to increase cities’ resilience.

The partners explored future areas for cooperation including:
 – Scoping, complementarity and resilience perspectives;
 – Common content (especially with regards to terminologies);
 – Functional models for resilience management guidelines; and,
 – Supporting resilience management through information and communication technology.

Collaboration on upcoming events such as ISCRAM 2017, ESREL 2017 and the Community of Users event in Brussels in September 2017 was also discussed.


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