Beyond its EU focus, the RESILOC project has a natural link to the United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) by successfully responding to the European Commission’s call for research and innovative actions on solutions to create a resilient society in Europe in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. 

During its study phase, the project was able to conduct extensive research that helped to describe the current gap between the Sendai Framework and the local level (the primary level affected by a disaster). Thanks to that research, the RESILOC project was able to advance the understanding of community resilience from a bottom-up approach as well as to develop a methodology based on the operationalization of Dimensions, Indicators and Proxies (DIPs). As a result, this methodology enables local communities to contribute towards overarching frameworks that are implemented and monitored at the national and international levels in a co-productive and scalable manner, and thus, strive to close the gap.

With the aim to accelerate the implementation of resilience strategies in local communities in the EU and without losing its proximity to the Sendai Framework, RESILOC went on a continuous journey with its partners from the DRS-01 Cluster (Disaster Resilient Societies Cluster of projects funded by the EU) to explore the relevant connections between the projects and the Sendai Framework. Over the lifetime of the project, RESILOC was able to participate in different workshops and organize events such as the Project to Policy Round Table with UNDRR representatives in autumn 2021. Additionally, it had the opportunity to participate in a preparatory-day session during the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR2021) and was recently invited to present the project as part of the innovation platform of the UNDRR Global Platform in Bali from 23-28. May 2022.

The RESILOC project went to the UNDRR GP2022 in Bali with a delegation from Fraunhofer IML (Germany) and IES Solutions (Italy). The delegation presented the RESILOC Platform, its Dimensions, Indicators and Proxies (DIPs) framework as well as experiences gained from the field trials with local communities in Catania (Italy), Gorizia (Italy) and Tetovo (Bulgaria). The conference had approximately 4500 participants per day from diverse professional backgrounds. Visitors to the RESILOC booth were mostly Disaster Risk Reduction experts from civil protection authorities, NGOs, and government representatives from different levels of disaster risk governance. Beyond this the conference was an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge with researchers and subject matter experts who attended the conference.

From those exchanges, the RESILOC delegation received highly positive and interesting feedback. Conference delegates pointed out the current absence and thus need for a solution (such as the RESILOC Platform) that can support local communities to assess their local resilience and develop strategies to improve it. Most booth visitors showed interest in the capacity of the RESILOC Platform to produce a graphical representation of local resilience. The exchange with experts also pointed out the significant challenge that local communities face when responding to funding schemes that trickle down from international and national Climate Change Adaptation or Disaster Risk Reduction targets to meet resilience related objectives. As a result, it appears to be that communities are often left unconsidered as they are unable to provide an evidence-based strategy, or even worse, receive funding for actions that date back to unbalanced political motives that remain inefficient in increasing local resilience.

In this context, researchers, subject matter experts, and potential users of the RESILOC Platform appreciated on one hand the output from the RESILOC Platform that helps communities to showcase their resilience profile and connect needed actions to funding streams, and on the other hand, the co-productive approach of RESILOC by making Local Resilience Teams (LRTs) a central piece of resilience strategies. However, it was also pointed out, that the dependence of data that the REISLOC Platform needs to show accurate results may find its limitations in less developed communities with low data availability. The two functions within the Resiloc platform to compensate this challenge were much appreciated by visitors. Firstly, the assessment can be technically completed with an incomplete data set although this may come at the expense of its accuracy. Additionally, the Platform includes a semantic layer which detects similarities of features between communities and can thus provide results which are related to a wider knowledge base. This would require that the RESILOC Inventory is populated with sufficient data sets which is not yet the case. In some cases, the challenge of limited data availability is best to be solved with alternative tools such as the resilience scorecard.

During the UNDRR conference in Bali, RESILOC also had the opportunity to provide written interventions and attend sessions for the Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework. In addition, RESILOC engaged directly with the Sendai Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism (SEM) and other groups of local experts to discuss and overcome the ethical implications of involving Local Resilience Teams (LRTs) in the strategic planning of community resilience. This is important because ethical implications become relevant when resilience strategies are being set up in communities, thus, at the local level.

As a result of the conference, its sessions, interaction with delegates, and knowledge exchanges with subject matter experts, REISLOC benefited greatly from a positive experience in Bali. This experience will support the development of the project in its current final stage. Moreover, the outcomes of the UNDRR conference in Bali will add value to RESILOC’s final results related to policy recommendations.

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Associated Risks - RA1

Catania- Workshops on Dimensions, Indicators and Proxies


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

Your participation will be treated in confidence. RESILOC may use quotes from the Q&A in publications but these will be anonymised and any personal information that could be used to identify you will be removed.

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Associated Risks - RA2

Catania – Validation Workshops


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

Your participation will be treated in confidence. RESILOC may use quotes from the Q&A in publications but these will be anonymised and any personal information that could be used to identify you will be removed.

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RA 1 - Selection of participants

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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RA 2 - Selection of participants

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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RA 2 - General

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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RA1 - Overview Catania

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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RA1 - Privacy, confidentiality and personal data handling

Catania- Workshops on Dimensions, Indicators and Proxies


For this particular research activity, we collect the following personal data in order to have a better understanding of your opinion and perspective.:

  • 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.

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RA 2 - Privacy, confidentiality and personal data handling

Catania – Validation Workshops


For this particular research activity, we collect the following personal data in order to have a better understanding of your opinion and perspective:

  • 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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