International Conference: COMMUNICATING RISKS IN Decision Support Systems: from basic research to advance decision support tools.

6th to 8th June, 2018 – Solsona & Barcelona (Catalonia)

Summary:

The NET RISK WORK project was presented on the international conference “Communicating risks in decision support systems”, organized the the SuFORun Project & IUFRO Risk Analysis Unit. NET RISK WORK team has also organized and guided the fieldtrip focused on the wildfire risk management in Catalonia, from a transverse view  “nature – economy –  society”, in order to highlight the main operational challenges and strength brithced between cience and practitioners.

We really thanks to LIFE Montserrat Project, Fire and Rescue Service of Catalonia, European Forest Risk Facility & SURE projectPau Costa Foundat and NET RIKS WORK project team collaboration and for all the interesting discussions and feedbacks with participants from several countries and fields of expertise.

Making closer science tools and practitioners needs is a challenge itself! .. definitely, good risk understanding helps to make proper questions!

Picutres: Eduard Plana & Laura Nikinmaa

NET RISK WORK present on the COOPEREM Project kick-off meeting

29th May 2018 – Girona (Catalonia)

Summary:

The NET RISK WORK project has participated on the kick-off meeting of the cross-border COOPEREM project (POCTEFA call – France/Spain). COOPEREM seeks to enhance and strength the cooperation between French and Catalan intitutions to jointly face the wildfire risk prevention and management. In this sense Mr. Eduard Plana on behalf  the NET RISK WORK partnership has putted efforts to lighlight the need of collect – connect -share knowledge and experiences to empower risk managers and stakholders, in order to build up a resilient society. It has been also presented the – eFIRECOM (http://efirecom.ctfc.cat/) – as well coordinated by the CTFC and Mr. Plana – focused on the efficient wild fire risk communication to increase society involvement and resilience.

 

2nd NATURAL HAZARDS RISK MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP – Emergency Management and Risk Governance towards Resilient Societies

10th to 13th April 2018 
Cagliari, Sardinia.

Summary:

A three days workshop has been held in Cagliari in the framework of the Net Risk Work project, by the hand of the General Directorate of Civil Protection of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia  (DGPC-RAS).

This workshop is the continuation and complements the discussions and results figured out during the 1rst workshop one held in Solsona during October 2017, focused in “Managing forest risks towards disaster reduction” in the specific cases of wildfires, storms, floods and avalanches risks, as well as their potential interactions.

In the present event, the main goal  was to  provide a common meeting and discussion space on expert knowledge about wildfires, floods, storms and avalanches risks, with particular emphasis on emergency management, community involvement, risk communication and policy development.

All in all, a total of 40 experts across 9 diferent european countries were mobilized, representing the differents realitis and experiences of Switzerland, Germany, France, Denmark, Portugal, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Catalonia.

To complement the conferences and focus groups, two field trips were conducted to specificaly analyze the forest fire risk-emergency management into the wildland urban interface areas, and a second case focused on flood and flashf-floods emergency-recovery management in Sardinia.

In sum: a perfect ocasion to collect-connect-exchange risks knowledges and experiences.

Results of the workshop

European Civil Protection Forum 2018

5th-6th of March 2018

Brussels, Belgium

Summary:

The NET RISK WORK project has been exhibited during the 6th European Civil Protection Forum 2018 “Civil Protection in a Changing Risk Landscape”.

The European Civil Protection Forum is the largest recurring public event on European civil protection cooperation. It is organised every two years by the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO).

The event brings together the European civil protection community to take stock of common achievements in the disaster risk management field, share best practices and ideas, and discuss ways of addressing new challenges together. The Forum is also important for strengthening cooperation with international partners and the European Neighbourhood.

Specifically, Net Risk Work consortium, represented by CTFC, EFI and PCF, has emphatized on how forest risks are increasingly affecting societies as well as the potential trends of risk interaction under climate change context. Visitors have shown many interest on the “risk platform” concept as a tool for networking and expert knowledge risk communication and sharing, as it presents some paralelisms with the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) with regards the functioning and structure.

Finnally, we get the oportunity to present a summary of the project to the Commissioner of Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management, Mr. Christos Stylianides during the official opening of the exhibition.

 

All the sessions are livestreamed available here

 

NET RISK WORK present in the SURE project kick-off meeting

18th-21th of February 2018

Písek, Czech Republic

Summary:

The NET RISK WORK has participated in the exciting kick-off workshop of the project SUstaining and Enhancing REsilience of European Forests (SURE).

The event has addressed disturbance related risks as an integral part of sustainable forest management.

Sorms, avalanches, wildfires or biotic hazards were presented as the main forest hazards present across Europe, as well as new management challenges posed by climate change.

Amongst other projects, the NET RIKS WORK was presented as an existing initiative in building-up network, and adressing how it can support a European Forest Risk Facility.

During the event, is has also being defined the conditions, pre-requisites, roles and functions of a ‘European Forest Risk Facility Secretariat’ and of regional network nodes, presenting the European Wildfire Risk Node, being developed under the NET RISK WORK framework.

I sum, the event was an unbeatable situation for expert knowledge exchange as well as to experience practices on forest management aiming to enhance forest resilience in conifer production forests.

Event agenda

Further details of the SURE project could be find here

 

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NET RISK WORK present on the final conference of the IGNIS project

19th January 2018

Valabre, France

Summary:

NET RISK WORK project was present during the final seminar of the project IGNIS (https://www.ignis-project.eu/), which served to led  know about it scope and objectives to a total of 50 expert firefighters coming from France, Italy, Portugal and Denmark, and having some discussions about risks and potential cascade effects up coming in the near future.

 

 

NET RISK WORK attending on the PLACARD project wokshop “Using strategic narratives to help integrate CCA & DRR”

26th – 27th October

Brussels, Belgium

Summary:

Representatives of the NET RIKS WORK project has attended in a  two days workshop in the frame of the PLACARD interchange project, on “Using strategic narratives to help integrate climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR)”. During the workshop many methods and approaches were tested for the development and use of strategic narratives to integrate  CCA and DRR communities. One more chance to meeting multiple knowledge domains and exchanging lessons as a poweful tools when facing with complexity and uncetaintly.

 

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NATURAL HAZARDS RISK MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP – Managing forest risks towards disaster reduction: the case of wildfires, storms, floods and avalanches and their interactions

4th to 6th October 2017
Solsona, Catalonia.

Summary:

A three days workshop has been held in Solsona in the framework of the Net Risk Work project, by the hand of Catalan partner Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CTFC).

Tha main goal of the workshop was to group risk experts from different European regions, in order to exchange and discuss all their knowledge and experienses in dealing with the four major natural risks affecting the european forest (storms, forest fires, snow avalanches and floods) and their potential interaction in a climate change context . A total of 45 experts represented 10 diferent european countries,  coming from Switzerland, Andorra, Germany, France, Lithuania, Bulagria, UK, the Netherlands, Italy and Catalonia.

To complement the office work and focus groups, two field trips were conducted to specificaly analyze the forest fire risk management and a second visit focus on floods and flash floods risk management in Catalonia. Both visits were located in Montserrat mountains and its souroundings, a typical Mediterranean region affected by multiples risks and interactions.

 

Results of the workshop

Net Risk Work workshop – Networking for risk management from theory to practice

9th to 11th May 2017
Freiburg, Germany

Summary:

A three days workshop has been held in Freiburg in the framework of the Net Risk Work project, by the hand of German partner FVA.

Tha main goal of the meeting was to set up the theoretical basis for developing a robust network aiming to deal with natural hazards and risk culture. A special focus on risk perception and the social factor was figured out, as well as the needs to join efforts and perform the sharing of knowledge amongs all the stakeholdres dealing with forest risk.

To complement the office work, two field trips were conducted  to specificaly analyze the floods risk management into the Rhine basin, having visited the Flood Forecast Centre (HZV) located in Karlsruhe and the Weir and Control Centre of Kehl. Regarding the second study case, a visit to the black forest was organized to see how sever wind storms are threatening large forests lands and the different measures adopted to increase the forest resilience.

 Results of the workshop

NET RISK WORK kick-off Meeting

February 2017. Barcelona, Spain. NET RISK WORK project Kick-off Meeting. Two days working meeting of the NET RISK WORK consortium held in Barcelona at the EFIMED facilities in Sant Pau Recinete Modernista, to sart up the project NET RISK WORK. We have had a strong quorum covering all the natural hazards analized through the project, by means of each project partner and its expert knowledge.

A pleasure new working programme with EFI and FVA german collagues, EPLFM reasearch french institution, Civil Protection from Sardinnia, Pau Costa Foundation and Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia.