When taking into account uncertainties of a changing climate and increased urbanization, public authorities feel the urge to put in place a new strategies characterized by a more holistic approach to natural events risk management. The most important aspect for such strategies to be effective is the adaptability and flexibility of the involved territory. However, social and institutional factors often form strong barriers to the successful implementation of natural risk management strategies. For this reason, Local Communities and single citizens play a central role in ensuring the effectiveness of proposed solutions, through their direct contribution to the policy-making process and the activation of coherent individual behaviors.
For the strategic importance recognized at EU level and for the fact natural disasters know no borders, EPICURO aims to create a stable network among 11 European towns, exchanging knowledge, experiences and good practices.
- increased awareness about the meaning of resilience and about how they can contribute to a more resilient Europe
- increased understanding of EU policy making-process and EU policies on climate change related topics
- increased capacity of contributing to the policy-making process and to the implementation of shared solutions to be adopted by the territorial entities
- new implemented approaches to participation in planning, decision making and governance
- increased levels of direct interaction with authorities and other stakeholders
At European level EPICURO will:
- reinforce the existing international networks engaged in climate change adaptation strategies
- increase the understanding of disaster risks and resilience including an augmented and facilitated availability of information among the different actors
- increase awareness and allow citizens to provide feedback about policies, plans and decisions being generated at local level under an European perspective
- contribute to involve civil society in the debate about a future sustainable and resilient Europe, reaching out also to citizens who have not been involved so far
Involved territories will benefit of:
- development, adoption, circulation of more effective solutions, based on past experiences and good practices developed at EU level and on the adoption of participatory approaches
- higher capacity to respond, and adapt more readily, to threats and natural disaster, through increased knowledge, involvement and education of citizens
- increased support from and engagement of citizens in the implementation and application of local, national and EU policies, thus creation of improved resilient urban systems
May 2016 – Virovitica (HR) – Public International Conference
Launch Event: During the event presentation and discussion on resilience policies at European, national and local level and the importance of citizens’ role in assuring higher level of adaptation+presentation of EPICURO strategy and contents to the general public.
September 2016 – Niepolomice (PL) – Transnational Technical Meeting
First transnational technical meeting for public administrators and officers: partners representatives will present a detailed analysis of the local climate situations + policies and strategies so far developed + presentation of the international networks they adhere to (Mayors Adapt, Rockfeller Initiative, EU projects networks on climate change, Resilient Cities…).
February 2017 – Valka (LV) – Transnational training session
First transnational training session for key actors from all the participating cities, selected during the first project months. Structured in a theoretical part plus working tables aon the following topics:resilience strategies, EU policies, resilience networks, best practices at project level.
June 2017 – Schorndorf (DE) – Transnational training session
Second transnational training session for key actors from all the participating cities. Structured in a theoretical part plus working tables on the following topics: effective citizens involvement strategies and communication methodologies to be adopted, cases of success presentation of communication methodologies adopted by NGOs, analysis, discussion and improvement
October 2017 – Vicenza (IT) – Transnational Technical Meeting
Second transnational technical meeting for public administrators and officers: presentation of mid term results obtained with citizens engagement local activities, analysis of the effectiveness of the common Key actors local involvement strategy, individuation of the common guidelines for the establishment of the EU Resilient Communities Network (functioning, roles and responsibilities), definition of the Resilience Manager role, preparation of a Resilient Communities Agreement draft
March 2018 – Valencia de Alcantara (ES) – Public International Conference
Final Event : each town will participate with local administrators, NGOs representatives and the 11 appointed Resilience Managers. Presentation of project results, overview of local activities undertaken for citizens involvement in form of a photo/video slide, official establishment of the EU Resilient Communities Network supported by a final agreement signature among the involved city Mayors and public presentation of the Resilience Managers network supported by a dedicated appointment ceremony