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ESPREssO Report Summary

Project ID: 700342

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ESPREssO (Enhancing Synergies for disaster PRevention in the EurOpean Union)

Reporting period: 2016-05-01 to 2017-10-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

ESPREssO (Enhancing Synergies for disaster PRevention in the EurOpean Union) is a Coordination and Support Action funded by DG-RESEARCH under the H2020 Programme, aimed at contributing to a new strategic vision on natural risk reduction in Europe and promoting new ideas on what should be a future roadmap and agenda for natural hazard research in the next 10 years.
Key observed challenges require to be tackled to build up a harmonized and coherent approach across EU, identified as key topics of investigation within ESPREssO.
The three main challenges and related key questions can be summarized as follows:
1. Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
2. Integrating Science and Legal/Policy issues in DRR and CCA
3. Improving National regulations to prepare for trans-boundary crises

The three challenges represent a logic framework around which build the recognition of relevant gaps and needs both in the scientific and governance domains.
The main outcomes of the project will be constituted by two key documents:
• Vision Paper on future strategies of research following the Sendai Framework and the EU Action Plan
• Guidelines on risk management capabilities in relation to UCPM legislation update

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

WP1 - Stakeholder engagement and analysis
- Stakeholders’ selection based on specific criteria mapped through for the Stakeholder database (120+ Stakeholders engaged so far).
- Constant dialogue and joint activities with PLACARD and ERA4CS projects.
- Release of online Questionnaire survey to target a broader sample of stakeholders.
- ETHZ (WP1 leader) has worked particularly closely with AMRA, DKKV, GFZ and BRGM in developing ESPREssO’s first Stakeholder Forum, the First Think Tank and planning the Think Tank 2, to be held on Wed 24th January 2018.
WP2 - Synthesis of existing legal, policy and science knowledge base
- ESPREssO challenge reports developed (extra-result) and discussed in a workshop with HUD and UCPH (5-6/10/2016).
- HUD (WP2 leader) released D2.1, including the review at national (UK, IT, FR, CH, DK and DE drafted by country partners), EU and Global level.
WP3 - Development of hazard-specific scenarios for RMS
- GFZ (WP3 leader) has developed in close collaboration with BRGM, ETHZ, DKKV and support from AMRA the RAMSETE (Risk Assessment Model Simulation for Emergency Training Exercise tool) scenario training tool, including production of the required materials (tableboard, cards, metric tokens, etc.
WP4 - Evaluation of proposed strategies
- BRGM (WP4 leader) has developed the Action Database (ADB) in order to formalize and analyze feedbacks from stakeholders and classify information using different criteria.
- A public version of ADB has been published on BRGM and ESPREssO project websites.
WP5 - Dissemination and guidelines
- As part of the ESPREssO dissemination strategy Twitter, Facebook and YouTube account have been initiated. Short videos have been produced and spread on social media channels, to promote awareness and successfully contribute to the visibility of ESPREssO with both stakeholders and the general public.
- AMRA, with the support of UCPH, has implemented the ESPREssO web portal (
- As a crucial part of the dissemination strategy, all project partners have presented papers and/or posters at international various conferences on DRR and CCA. ESPREssO has participated to over 20 external events since the beginning of the project, including international conferences presentations and side events, meeting with EU-DGs and representatives of international platforms such as UNISDR, ICLEI, UCCRN, DRMKC, CoU, webinars with other FP7 and H2020 projects.
WP6 - Project Management and Coordination
- All network activities, dissemination, management of resources and the management of quality are held by AMRA.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The main progress beyond the state of the art lies in the extremely positive outcome of the networking activities carried out during the first period of the project, which have confirmed the importance of maximising the occasions to share ESPREssO ongoing results within high level events at EU and international level. The event mapping activity will be continuously updated accordingly, so to ensure a fruitful involvement within events identified as relevant to the ESPREssO Challenges by the project’s partners. In particular, it is considered as a priority to share outside of the SH groups and the Consortium the results of each TT, in order to receive a feedback within a broader group of experts, which will strengthen the impact of the Guidelines and Vision Paper.
The SH, TT and networking activities brought up positive feedback regarding the progress of work, with particular regard to the consistency with Global vision of DRR and CCA issues, the relevance in the context of the societal, political and environmental issues in the EU, as well as the alignment towards strategic governance needs and science-policy interface frameworks (following the main international agreements such as SDGs, Sendai Framework for DRR, Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda, etc.).
Links with CCA and DRR communities have been positively improved, also thank to the joint activities carried out with other FP7 and H2020 EU projects.
Socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of ESPREssO activities and the coherence with relevant EU policies have been framed in relation to the societal challenges indicated by the Work Programme and the most recent coordinated documents at EU level addressing DRR, CCA and Emergency planning and management .
In the next period the activities will mainly focus on the following high-level objectives, identified as main expected results until the end of the project:

1. Success full implementation of the next two Think Tanks and SH forums;
As envisaged in the DoA, the TTs’ activities will be implemented through the application of RAMSETE tool, in order to identify relevant actions, in relation to the specific topic of the TT, which will feed the ESPREssO ADB. As for TT1, a preliminary meeting with the aim to prepare the “scenario documents” needed to apply RAMSETE will be replicated in preparation of TT2 and TT3.

2 . Strengthening of networking activities and synergies with other projects, receiving suggestions from FP7 and H2020 projects;
The creation of an international network of key actors at the EU and national level will consolidate international cooperation in Europe, which will be enhanced through more than 45 stakeholder interviews and questionnaire surveys targeting a broader sample of stakeholders from the scientific community, the industrial sectors and the public stakeholders.

3. Implementation of Guidelines and Vision Paper, integrating inputs from literature review and networking activities.
To strengthen the project vision and gather high-quality inputs in relation to the development of Vision Paper (D5.4) and Guidelines (D5.5) ESPREssO aims at combining the input coming from the literature review in WP2, the suggestions and indication from the SFs and TTs as collected in WP1-WP3, the outcomes of the intense networking activity carried out by engaging Global/EU core groups dealing with DRR and CCA, such as UNISDR, CoU, DRMKC and FP7/H2020 Projects community as synthesized in WP5. The workflow in progress is illustrated in Figure 1.

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