Natural hazards management and climate change: state of the art and future challenges

29th of November 2018 – Solsona (Spain)

A regional event was held in Solsona to present the final results of NRW project and to discuss about the state of the art and the future challenges of windstorms, wildfires, avalanches and floods, in a climate change context.

The event wanted to join different points of views from administrative bodies to science research on (I) risk and vulnerability assessment and mitigation, (II) risk planning, governance and policy framework and (III) civil protection, emergency and post-disaster management topics. According the cross-sectoral topics defined in the project.

The event was divided into two main blocks. First, a presentation of the main evidence of climate change in Catalonia, followed by presentations of specific case studies in wildfires, avalanches and floods in south-western of Europe.
Secondly, a presentation about the main aspects of risk governance in Catalonia, followed by a round table on operative management, by the hand of the public bodies, was exposed for the natural hazards studied in the project.

Res2Storm – pan-European Workshop on Wind, Storms, and Forests

11th-12th of October 2018 – Freiburg (Germany)

A representative of the NET RISK WORK project, member of GENCAT (regional authority of Catalonia), has participated in the SURE project workshop “Res2Storm – pan-European Workshop on Wind, Storms, and Forests”.

The objective of the workshop was to map operational tools and processes to cope with storm events along the crisis management cycle (“intervention”, ‘”recovery”, “prevention”, “preparedness”), in three different operational levels (stand, enterprise and policy/society). We worked for each level in small targeted groups, divided by the different phases of the cycle.
It brought together 35 participants from 13 European countries with backgrounds in science, technique and practice.

The result was the collection of more than 40 different tools that already exist and work in some countries but that are not strictly defined or that it would be very useful to create.
In addition, the participants had the opportunity to meet experts from other parts of Europe dealing with the same challenges and topics, to share knowledge and experiences and to work together.

Global Change and Associated Risk: Trends and Preparedness in the Planted Forests of Europe

26th to 28th June, 2018 – Oporto (Portugal)

NET RISK WORK project was invited to be presented into the anual meeting organized by the Joint Planted Forests Facility and the IEFC. Taking advantage of the event, NET RISK WORK has also be present during the scientific seminar on “Global Change and Associated Risk: Trends and Preparedness in the Planted Forests of Europe”, which took place on 27th June, under the frame work of the project Transnational Plans for the Management of Forest Risks – PLURIFOR.

The specific Atlantic conditions; in terms of weather, vegetation type, forestry economy, land ownership characteristics and traditional use of fire in agroforestry, of  North Portugal and Galicia’s Region (Spain) provide a special forest context and wirldfire risk scenario which differs substantially regarding the Mediterranean conditions. Therefore, fire risk management will need to take into account all these particularities, aiming at mitigating social impacts and minimizing economicals and environmental losses. All in all, forest will have to face a wide level of complexity into the up-coming years, due to increasing pests trends which will favour forest conditions to other natueral hazards vulnerability.
The discussions where complemented with a fieldtrip across the Alto minho region, visiting many forest  affected by 2017 fires, as well as all the restoration measures implemented.

Further details of the event here
(soon available the event presentation at the PLURIFOR project website)

Communication Risk in Decision Support Systems: from basic research to advance decision support tools

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

The NET RISK WORK project was presented on the international conference “Communicating risks in decision support systems”, organized by 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.

LIFE Montserrat Project, Fire and Rescue Service of Catalonia, European Forest Risk Facility & SURE projectPau Costa Foundation and NET RISK WORK project team were collaborated. Interesting discussions and feedbacks with participants from several countries and fields of expertise were present in the whole workshop.

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

COOPEREM project kick-off meeting

29th May 2018 – Girona (Spain)

The NET RISK WORK project has participated on the kick-off meeting of the cross-border COOPEREM project. The project 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 project as well coordinated by the CTFC and Mr. Plana – focused on the efficient wild fire risk communication to increase society involvement and resilience.

Fire Continuum Conference: Preparing for the future of wildland fire

21th-24th of May 2018 – Missoula (US)

Into the framework of the NET RISK WORK project, the European Wildfire Risk Node – EWRN was presented during the Fire Continuum conference that took place in Missoula (US) in May 2018. The conference gathered researchers and practitioners mainly from the US but also from other world regions. The initial steps of designing and defining the strategic lines of work of the EWRN were presented, as well as the services, actions and experiences planned.



2nd NET RISK WORK Workshop: Emergency Management and Risk Governance towards Resilient Societies

10th to 13th April 2018 – Cagliari (Sardinia)

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

6th European Civil Protection Forum: Civil Protection in a Changing Risk Landscape

5th-6th of March 2018 – Brussels (Belgium)

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.
Finally, 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.

SURE project kick-off meeting

18th-21th of February 2018 – Písek (Czech Republic)

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

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, NET RISK 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.

More info: Event agenda