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Building European Communities' Resilience and Social Capital

Project description

Building urban resilience

Millions of people around the world remain affected by natural disasters every year and the economic damages incurred continue to increase. Adopted in 2015 at the Third UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 is a voluntary instrument aimed at building resilience at the local level. It supports national and local disaster risk reduction via climate change adaptation strategies focusing on building local capacities in crisis-prone cities. The EU-funded BuildERS project will increase understanding of societal resilience to strengthen social capital, risk awareness and preparedness of the vulnerable segments of societies and communities. This will assist in the formulation of policies, plans and strategies.


The Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction 2015-2030 points out that global evidence indicates that in all countries the exposure of people and assets to disasters has increased faster than attempts to decrease vulnerability. The Framework underlines an all-society engagement, which addresses the most vulnerable groups, whilst accounting for contextual and cultural differences. It also calls for a more explicit focus on people, their health and livelihoods, and the local level, since individuals and local communities possess their own capabilities, networks, methods, tools and means to absorb impacts and bounce back. Thus, the ‘capital’ that is available at the root-level deserves to be recognised and incorporated in the policies and strategies for disaster risk reduction and enhancing of resilience.
To improve the overall resilience of people, communities and thereby the whole society, the BuildERS project focuses on the most vulnerable individuals, groups and communities. Strengthening the social capital, risk awareness and preparedness of the most vulnerable segments of the societies and communities will increase understanding on what societal resilience comprises. BuildERS will develop knowledge and insights that will device recommendations for policies, plans, strategies, and competencies for building partnerships, networks and trust for progressively fortifying the social capital and resilience against future threats, be they natural or man-induced. The special focus on communities and in particular on the most vulnerable groups answers to the so-far unfulfilled needs of these communities.BuildERS uses several research methods such as i) Stakeholder engagement with co-design and co-creation processes, ii) Field surveying and questionnaires, iii) Comparative research, iv) Multiple case analysis.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 049 687,50
02150 Espoo

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 049 687,50

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