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Final Report - ENSURE (Enhancing resilience of communities and territories facing natural and na-tech hazards)

Project ID: 212045
Funded under: FP7-ENVIRONMENT


This is the final publishable summary report for the ENSURE project which received funding under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The overall objective of ENSURE was to was 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 strategies can be improved in the future, in order to reduce human losses, economic damage and social discomfort due to extreme events striking communities exposed to a variety of natural hazards, as well as to the potential consequences of climate change.

Amongst the major achievements of the project were the following:
to improve the understanding on the articulated nature of the vulnerability concept at different spatial scales, a number of reviews were performed on the concepts and definitions, as well as on the methodologies used to assess vulnerability of structural, territorial, social and economic systems;
a review was performed to understand how vulnerability was operated in both natural hazards and climate change communities;
it explored the connections between different types of vulnerabilities;
consensus amongst project partners was achieved regarding the need to make explicit the relevance of resilience and not to restrict to the vulnerability concept only;
processes and catalytic factors of vulnerability change in the course of time and in particular, along a single disaster cycle and its successive stages or along successive disaster cycles, were highlighted.

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