ENGAGE – Engage Society for Risk Awareness and Resilience

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The ENGAGE - Engage Society for Risk Awareness and Resilience project, funded under the European Research and Innovation Program Horizon 2020 and coordinated by the Norwegian research institute SINTEF, addresses research and innovation on resilience as an intrinsic capacity of an organization to adjust its operations during adverse events of change and actively support operations before, during and after disasters.

Natural and man-made disasters remind us that the ability of societies to adapt and thrive depends on collective action. Current knowledge, strategies and methods for governanceof social risks are largely focused on the efforts of public authorities to protect citizens from harm and ensure continuity in vital social functions.

This project aims to provide solutions to support the engagement of citizens, communities and authorities in an integrated approach, starting from the knowledge, skills and social capital existing in all levels of society.

The project will last three years and brings together 14 partners from 8 countries, with the aim of showing how individuals and local practices can interact effectively with preparation and planning, professionals and technology.

Through the analysis of case studies and existing literature, the society will work to identify the solutions adopted by citizens, local communities and non-governmental organizations in certain crisis situations, evaluating the possibility of "exporting" them to different contexts, aiming to involve the individuals and to enhance their resilience, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda and the Sendai framework for reducing the risk of disasters of the United Nations.

ENGAGE will promote the development of its Knowledge and Innovation Community of Practice (Ki-Cop), with which it will be able to refine and test the tools developed during the project. To date, Ki-COP has representatives of 37 government and civil society organizations, including members of public authorities and government agencies, such as the Ministry of the Interior and Municipalities. It then involves first responders, such as paramedics or police officers. Finally, it includes non-governmental organizations (NGOs), students of primary and secondary schools in L’Aquila, who experienced the tragedy of the earthquake, Japanese researchers, and groups of citizens.

The seven case studies analyzed concern past disasters in which detailed information has been acquired. In addition to the Kamaishi tsunami, we will study the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake (which brought about over three hundred victims), the nuclear disaster of Fukushima (2011), the 2011 terrorist attack in Norway, the attack in France on the Thalys company train in August 2015, the 2018 Negev desert flood in Israel, and the fires that devastated over 2,000 hectares of land in Sweden in 2018.

The role of Cittadinanzattiva

For some time, the great environmental and climatic (but also economic and social) transformations have made it clear that in the coming decades there will be many challenges that European societies will be called upon to face in order to mitigate the negative effects caused by sudden adverse events and strong social impacts. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic itself has highlighted the need to strengthen the ability of companies to be resilient when these kinds of events occur. Cittadinanzattiva, animated by the spirit that has always led it to be at the forefront of protecting citizens' rights, and encouraging their participation to be broad and effective in the many ways in which democratic life takes shape every day, has joined the ENGAGE project aware of how much our country, characterized by marked fragility particularly evident to most as regards the seismic plan and the hydrogeological structure, can at the same time benefit from the experience and results of the project but even before bringing a great contribution to the study for the best solutions to offer European societies to make their communities more ready to face adverse events of change and therefore safer.

In particular, this will take place by making available the experience of the communities and those involved in the emergency operations of the earthquake that hit L'Aquila in 2009 and stimulating an active role of citizens, organizations and public authorities who will be called to participate in the Community of knowledge. and practice (KI-COP) promoted by the project to validate and share the solutions identified. In all the research activities carried out by the Cittadinanzattiva consortium will facilitate the connection with citizens and civil society organizations, bringing their point of view and facilitating the connection with the various stakeholders, with the aim of making the tools and solutions produced representative of the needs and possibilities of use of the citizens themselves. The activity of Cittadinanzattiva will take place both in Italy and in Europe, where thanks to its European Active Citizenship Network, it will dedicate itself to involving organizations and networks from other European countries not represented in the consortium in the Community of Practice.

With this project Cittadinanzattiva confirms its commitment to making human settlements more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable and its interest in activities aimed at achieving the objectives of the 2030 Agenda.

Cittadinanzattiva will carry out these activities through its Environment & Territory area and the European branch “Active Citizenship Network”.

Project website: https://www.project-engage.eu/

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Consortium Members:

SINTEF(STF), Norway

Deep Blue srl(DBL), Italy

TECNUN University of Navarra(TECNUN), Spain

Tel Aviv University(TAU), Israel

Trondheim Røde Kors local volunteers(TRK), Norway

European Emergency Number Association(EENA), Belgium

Ministry of Internal Affairs Department for Emergency Situations(DSU), Romania

Everbridge Norway AS(EVBG), Norway

École normale supérieure Paris(ENS), France

Ertzaintza Departamento de Seguridad – Gobierno Vasco(ERTZ), Spain

Cittadinanzattiva Aps (CA), Italy

Local Health Authority ASL ROMA 1(ASL), Italy

Katastrofmedicinskt Centrum(KMC), Sweden

Community of Users for Safe, Secure and Resilient Societies(NTNU), Norway

The consortium is coordinated bySINTEF(STF), Norway

For more information, contact the project manager Maya Battisti: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Duration of the project:

The project has an expected duration of 36 months, starting from July 2020 until June 2023.

Funding program / Call:

The ENGAGE project received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 882850

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(document translated by Gianluca Bruzzese, Active Citizenship Network staff)

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