An attempt to phrase the baseline of thoughts, expressed in  the session on “Increasing citizens risk awareness in the face of new risks”, could easily lead to the concept of “change, trust and adaption”. These interrelated factors became prevalent as the different speakers described a changing landscape of risks to which citizen’s behaviour may successfully adapt if sufficient trust in information and solutions can be generated.

The session was organized within this year’s Civil Protection Forum (28-29 June 2022) in Brussels to address the challenges of an ever-evolving risk landscape in which Civil Protection Authorities (CPA) are set to play a key role in the area of citizens’ disaster risk awareness. They inform citizens on disaster risks in their region/country of residence, they help them identify protective measures and mitigate the consequences of the increased frequency of disasters (induced by climate change) and contribute building overall increased resilience to disaster risks in ordinary times or during protracted crisis (such as COVID pandemic).

The main purpose of the session was to provide ‘food for thoughts’ around the areas of:

  • Sound strategy, accurate planning and good governance coordination are the key starting points for effective communication.
  • Citizens’ active engagement is essential to contribute in the development of “skills for life”.
  • Diversification of communication channels is key when it comes to reach out to specific target groups, including vulnerable people.

RESILOC represented the opening panel together with representatives of the  WHO and the Covenant of the Mayors. Due to the relevance of the subject to all of all of the six active DRS-01 projects. Karsten Uhing took the opportunity to present the research and innovation perspective of the entire cluster to approximately 140 participants including experts from DRR, Civil Protection Agencies, academics and different levels of policy makers.

On behalf of the Cluster the following recommendations to better address new emerging risks were brought across to the audience:

  1. focus on citizens adaptive behaviour as an indicator for increasing/decreasing local disaster resilience.
  2. consider individual judgments and capacities, the availability and accessibility of information and support structures that foregrounds such adaptive behaviour/response.
  3. ensure accessibility of information, giving attention to quality information, trust and level of experience of the audience through appropriate risk communication, based on transparency, accuracy, simplicity & timing. (using new tools like SMCS).
  4. reduce the risk perception action gap through co-creation of DRM solutions and two way communication where appropriate.

The Civil Protection Forum constituted a good opportunity to look more closely into the area of building resilience in European societies and to facilitate exchange of good practices at European level and foster risk awareness. It appeared that changing risk profiles, particularly those of systemic nature (i.e. climate change) have the potential to shift the responsibility for civil protection from  CPAs towards the citizens themselves.

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Catania- Workshops on Dimensions, Indicators and Proxies


There are no foreseen physical, mental or reputational risks related to participation in this workshop.

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Catania – Validation Workshops


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Catania- Workshops on Dimensions, Indicators and Proxies


Participation in the Catania Workshop on Dimensions, Indicators and Proxies is voluntary but restricted to members of the Community of Catania assigned to the RESILOC Project.

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Catania – Validation Workshops


Participation in the Catania Validation Workshop is voluntary but restricted to members of the Community of Catania assigned to the RESILOC Project.

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Catania – Validation Workshops


The goal of the research activity is to collect and evaluate the results of the three workshops of phase one. This will be carried out through a questionnaire (Validation tool 1.1) that is organised in two parts (10 questions in total).

The first section evaluates the relevance/applicability of DIP (dimensions, indicators and  proxies) in the context of Catania.

The second section collects feedback on the role of scenarios as a tool for testing the validity of the DIP system and collects information on the clarity and understanding of the data gathering process. You are asked to receive and complete the questionnaire submitted by the Local Training Lead, returning it back by email before and no later than Monday 07/02/2022.

The RESILOC research team will use the answers you provide to further refine the development of the resilience tool that aims to improve the resilience of local communities.

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Catania - Workshops on Dimensions, Indicators and Proxies


The workshop will be a mixed meeting, with both in-person and remote participants, and led by the Local Training Lead. The Local Training Lead will introduce the participants to the theoretical framework developed.

This activity will be performed via a PowerPoint presentation that aims to explain the scientific/research framework of RESILOC, introducing the DIP database and the logic behind it. During the presentation, the Local Training Lead will explore participants views, in particular on the approach of using dimensions, indicators and proxies to capture the resilience of a community; this will be done through dedicated Q&A sessions during specific moments of the workshop.

The purpose is to make the representatives of the Municipality and the LRT members able to evaluate the applicability of the framework in terms of relevance, feasibility, data availability, among others for the community of Catania.

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Catania- Workshops on Dimensions, Indicators and Proxies


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Catania – Validation Workshops


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  • name
  • organisation
  • community name
  • email
  • phone number (optional)

We would also like to make a video recording of the workshop (optional), which will only be used to aid us to improve the analysis of the answers you provide.

The data collected will be stored on the IES server, protected by data security protocols, for a maximum of 2 years (up to one year after the end of the project).

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