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Building European Communities' Resilience and Social Capital

Objective

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.

Coordinator

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Address

Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 049 687,50

Participants (16)

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STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 401 375

UNIVERSITETET I STAVANGER

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 404 762,50

TRANSPORTOKONOMISK INSTITUTT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 694 343,75

TARTU ULIKOOL

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 275 500

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 188 500

POLIISIAMMATTIKORKEAKOULU

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 436 875

ESTONIAN RESCUE BOARD

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 76 406,25

STIFTELSEN THE STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 146 468,75

OU POSITIUM LBS

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 143 750

GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 273 906,25

ARMEE DU SALUT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 236 436,25

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 266 468,75

DEUTSCHES ROTES KREUZ EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 174 850

PROVINCIA AUTONOMA DI TRENTO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 78 820

UNIVERSITY OF INDONESIA

Indonesia

EU Contribution

€ 98 750

GEORGE MASON RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC

United States

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 833496

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2019

  • End date

    30 April 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.7.5.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 076 900

  • EU contribution

    € 4 946 900

Coordinated by:

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland