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Enhancing resilience of communities and territories facing natural and na-tech hazards

Objective

Since a long time vulnerability is a key concept in disaster literature. Nevertheless the majority of studies and grants have been allocated to hazards related research, neglecting the influence of vulnerability of exposed systems on the death toll and losses in case of natural or man made disasters. There is the need to better identify and measure also the ability of menaced and affected communities and territorial systems to respond. This is the starting point of the ENSURE project. The overall objective of ENSURE is to structure vulnerability assessment model(s) in a way that different aspects of physical, systemic, social and economic vulnerability will be integrated as much as possible in a coherent framework. The ENSURE approach starts from the recognition that for all considered hazards most of damages and most of vulnerabilities arise from the territory, including artefacts, infrastructures and facilities. They may well represent its material skeleton: physical vulnerability is therefore entirely “contained” at a territorial level. Other vulnerabilities, such as systemic, economic and social have interactions with the territory, but cannot be entirely determined at a territorial level. The project will start by assessing the state of the art in different fields related to various vulnerability aspects as they have been tackled until today in Europe and internationally. The core of the project consists in integrated models comprising already existing models to assess vulnerability and develop new ones for those aspects that have been neglected until now. The research objective is therefore to achieve progress with respect to each individual sector of vulnerability and to enhance the capability of assessing interconnections among them in a dynamic way, identifying driving forces of vulnerability, that make communities change for the good or for the worse as far as their ability to cope with extreme events is concerned.
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Coordinator

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

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3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 224 562

Administrative Contact

Hormoz Modaressi (Prof.)

Participants (9)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 81 420

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 134 262

UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 106 282,90

HAROKOPIO UNIVERSITY

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 115 820,11

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 111 000,01

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 138 980

T6 ECOSYSTEMS SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 180 580,22

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 167 279,92

POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 128 446,84

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212045

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2008

  • End date

    31 May 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 798 414,66

  • EU contribution

    € 1 388 634

Coordinated by:

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France