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Smart Mature Resilience

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SMR (Smart Mature Resilience)

Reporting period: 2015-06-01 to 2016-05-31

Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) will develop and validate Resilience Management Guideline, using three pilot projects covering different security sectors in Critical Infrastructures, as well as climate change and social dynamics, as a prototype to European Resilience Management Guideline. SMR’s Resilience Management Guideline will provide a robust shield against man-made and natural hazards, enabling society to resist, absorb, accommodate and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner, as well as plan for, including through the preservation and restoration of essential structures and functions. The following set of tools operationalize five crucial interdependent supporting structures of SMR’s Resilience Management Guideline: 1) a Resilience Maturity Model defining the trajectory of an entity (system, community or society) through measurable resilience levels; 2) a Systemic Risk Assessment Questionnaire that, beyond assessing the entity’s risk, determines its resilience maturity level; 3) a portfolio of Resilience Building Policies that enable the entity’s progression towards higher maturity levels; 4) a System Dynamics Model (computer simulation model) that embodies the Resilience Maturity Model, allowing to diagnose, monitor and explore the entity’s resilience trajectory as determined by resilience building policies, and, last not least, 5) a Resilience Engagement and Communication Tool to integrate the wider public in community resilience, including public-private cooperation.
Beyond delivering the validated Resilience Management Guideline and the five supporting tools the SMR project establishes as a project result an emergent European Resilience Backbone consisting of adopters, from fully committed through direct project participation to alerted potential adopters.
The adopters are vertebrae in the European Resilience Backbone. The SMR project’s powerful impact maximizing measures will assist the implementation of the European Resilience Management Guideline by consolidating the resilience vertebrae as mutually supporting functional units of a growing and fortified European Resilience Backbone.
The project is relevant to society because the majority of the citizens live already in cities, and citizens will continue to grow at the expense of rural areas. When man-made and natural disasters happen, cities will always be affected, even if the disaster’s epicentre should occur in rural areas. Cities will play a key role for Europe’s resilience – they have the potential to become Europe’s resilience backbone
SMR Project has implemented a worldwide survey carried out as part of Work Package 1 includes a list of challenges and best practices from individual Resilient Cities, an analysis of worldwide approaches including plans developed by Resilient Cities, as well as EU-sectorial approaches, and also a Multidisciplinary scientific literature synthesis on Resilience compared to current best practice. In addition, the key definitions that the SMR project will use through the entire project have been set. Current standards and standardization needs have been analyzed.
Four workshops with CITIES and local stakeholders have been arranged during this period to gather their requirements towards resilience building process. In addition, all the information gathered from the workshops about the resilience concept, requirements of the CITIES, lessons learned and information and requirements to develop the resilience guideline and the tools that support it has been analyzed. In addition, SMR project has identified and made explicit the current requirements from CITIES to enhance resilience.
The first prototypes of the Maturity Model, the Systemic Risk questionnaire and the engagement toll have been developed. . Also, the current communication and engagement practices and existing platforms were reviewed, and a literature overview was made.
The pilot implementation processes in the cities of Kristiansand, Donostia and Glasgow have been launched.
Activities carried out during the first year of the project have allowed to progress towards the expected impact:
1. The development of European Resilience Management Guideline and demonstration through pilot implementation
2. More efficient uptake of risk assessments through Member States and Associated Countries and Critical Infrastructure Providers
3. More effective and coherent crises and disaster resilience management, including improved trainings for rescuers and population engagement.
4. The action is expected to proactively target the needs and requirements of users, such as civil protection units, first responders and Critical Infrastructure providers.