ENSURE E-LEARNING TOOL                                  F01_ENSURE presentation                                           ...
Scientific partners >   The project involves     10 partners from     France,     Germany,     Greece,     Israel,     Ita...
Overall Objectives           >       to develop a new methodological framework for                   an Integrated Multi-S...
8 main objectives (1/2)> Improve the understanding of the articulated nature of the  concept of vulnerability (i.e.  physi...
8 main objectives (2/2)> Propose new and improve existing vulnerability  assessment models and parameters, while specifyin...
General workplan                   >6
Need for integration and bridging gaps     > Strong need to integrate social vulnerability with       other types of vulne...
Expected impacts>   1 Provide support for policy decisions with key    stakeholders at various scales, relating to    prev...
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Vulnerability and resilience assessment - the ENSURE Project

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Presentation of the ENSURE research project "Enhancing resilience of communities and territories facing natural and na-tech hazards".
The basic assumption of the ENSURE project, developed under the 7th Research Program of the European Commission, is that our ability to better understand and evaluate different types of vulnerabilities constitutes a crucial tool to strengthen communities in the face of disasters due to extreme events and climate change. Improving the understanding of the factors that make a community more vulnerable is crucial. This will involve addressing the various physical, psychological, cultural, systemic, social and economic components that shape the relationship between societies and the “natural” environment, and will permit more tailored and articulated mitigation measures.

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Vulnerability and resilience assessment - the ENSURE Project

  1. 1. ENSURE E-LEARNING TOOL F01_ENSURE presentation ENSUREEnhancing resilience of communities and territories facing natural and na-tech hazards The project is financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, Area “Environment”, Activity 6.1 “Climate Change, Pollution and Risks”.
  2. 2. Scientific partners > The project involves 10 partners from France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom: >2
  3. 3. Overall Objectives > to develop a new methodological framework for an Integrated Multi-Scale Vulnerability Assessment, > based on a comprehensive, integrated and inter- disciplinary understanding of how mitigation economic sector social at macro- system strategies can be improved in the future, level population economic > in small social vulnerability order to reduce human losses, economic vulnerability organisational time damage and social discomfort due to extreme reconstruction businesses events striking communities exposed to a emergency functions interdependency institutional variety of natural hazards as well as to the potential systemic functions vulnerability consequences transferability of Climate Change impact functions redundancy buildings public physical facilities territory vulnerability plants infrastructurespre-disaster >3
  4. 4. 8 main objectives (1/2)> Improve the understanding of the articulated nature of the concept of vulnerability (i.e. physical, economic, cultural, social and systemic), at different spatial scales (regional and local);> Analyze the relationship between the concept of vulnerability and other concepts such as “risk”, “damage”, “exposure”, “resilience” and “adaptation”;> Develop the integration and connection of different types of vulnerability, at the same time identifying the key issues involved;> Investigate the temporal and spatial variability of the relations between different types of vulnerability and different types of damage, and to use these as a basic assumption for future scenarios; >4
  5. 5. 8 main objectives (2/2)> Propose new and improve existing vulnerability assessment models and parameters, while specifying procedures to make them operable within a given territorial or cultural context;> Develop a method that integrates the assessment of different types of vulnerabilities and to test it in three specific case studies at local scales and within regional contexts;> Establish improved risk scenarios;> Develop an on-line course for students, young researchers and public administration staff in the field of vulnerability assessment. >5
  6. 6. General workplan >6
  7. 7. Need for integration and bridging gaps > Strong need to integrate social vulnerability with other types of vulnerability into a single unified framework > How to bridge the gap between quantitative methods and qualitative approach > Almost impossible to find examples that derive expected damage from the actual combination of hazards and vulnerability of exposed systems  How to correlate: HAZARD x all types of VULNERABILITY x not only physical DAMAGES >7
  8. 8. Expected impacts> 1 Provide support for policy decisions with key stakeholders at various scales, relating to prevention measures and plans;> 2 Present, through the Integrated Multi-Scale Vulnerability Assessment, a feasible tool to improve communication with local communities in the process of raising risk awareness, on technological expertise, and for a better understanding of social and cultural factors;> 3 Understand adaptation and resilience factors, and system responses, which help to minimize risks from natural and human-triggered technological disasters;> 4 Improve our understanding of environmental vulnerability to some natural disasters, and particularly to some of the secondary consequences >8

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