Katja Banovec Juroš, Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of the Republic of Slovenia

Katja Banovec Juroš has worked at the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief (ACCRA) since 1996. With a B.Sc. in Informatics, she began to work on the development of Geographic Information System for Civil Protection, an IT system to support response to 112 emergency calls, a national reporting system on incidents in Slovenia and others. She also serves as a National focal point for Copernicus EMS. She was an active participant in more than ten EU projects, leading some of them representing ACPDR in the international environment. In 2015 she became a National Focal Point for Slovenia on behalf of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and in 2017 a Coordinator of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Her experiences with Sendai Framework monitoring & reporting have been presented at several international and global events in the last years.

In RESILOC, she acts as both the lead partner for ACPDR and the “User Representative” for the 5 communities featured in the project.

INTERVIEW:

Katja, you function as the senior advisor for disaster risk reduction and a national focal point for Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction; where would you place the concept of resilience in your line of work these days?

Resilience is becoming one of our focuses in efforts to enhance societal stability in Slovenian cities and communities. The global COVID-19 pandemic is a sad but very self-explanatory example of the importance of addressing this aspect. It shows us that the resilience of society is based on the resilience of an individual. This should be effectively “upgraded” to the resilience of the societal systems and structures by applying complex, inclusive and effective means and approaches.

So, you are working on a national framework for societal resilience?

Yes, in our case, the observed system is a society with its own dynamics, which makes the challenges even more demanding because it shows that disaster risk reduction is everyone’s business. It is important to consider resilience from the global perspective. That is demanding but it allows us to deal with the complexity of disaster risk reduction in a changing world. Fortunately, the national framework you mentioned was already halfway there. The central motto of our ‘Agenda 2030’ is “Leaving no one behind” and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction provided us with a good guideline for the necessary change in the DRR paradigm.

Could you explain further?

Sure, with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the focus was moved from disaster management to risk management and building resilience is the logical next step forward.

You also represent the Slovenian Civil Protection Services, as a partner in the H2020 funded RESILOC Project. Can you tell us how this will support the paradigm shift towards resilience focused thinking?

Of course. RESILOC aims to develop methodologies and tools to assess local resilience and by doing so, provide a basis for further development of strategies to increase resilience for all. There are principally two perspectives on societal resilience that we embrace through the participation in RESILOC:

First there is the end-user perspective of local authorities facing the challenges of:

  • Resilience of systems requiring dynamic data collection and a complex, real-time management process, requiring systemic support.
  • The potentially subjective perception of resilience being optimised by qualitative measurements, making the RESILOC dynamic support components a very important part of the process.
  • Resilience as a “bottom up process” starting with the resilience of an individual which then evolves into the resilience of different social groups and communities, to be observed and addressed as “systems”.

And then there is the institutional perspective that needs to maintain support mechanisms enabling local resilience by integrating the concepts and policies overarching local level challenges to national agendas. The RESILOC project offers the following contributions to these policy related requisitions:

  • Five EU municipalities of different size, stage of development and culture
  • Citizen awareness as a priority to be addressed with targeted communication and engagement strategies
  • Citizen behaviour in case of a disaster
  • In RESILOC, Local Resilience Teams (LRTs) were introduced to represent the voices of diverse stakeholders in the society. First responders, representatives of the authorities, civil society NGOs etc
  • Engagement of end-users representatives coordinated by user representatives to make the development of the solutions more focused
Katja Banovec Juros at the Global Platform for DRR in Geneva, May 2019 with the president of the Slovenian National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Dr. Matjaž Mikoš

What do you expect from the project as an outcome for Slovenian communities?

Well, as I will be personally involved in co-creating the methodologies and tools of RESILOC in my role as the projects ‘Practitioners’ Representative’, I am hoping to gain a solution I can offer our local community stakeholders to assess and improve their community resilience.

Local community managers can expect to receive a clear recommendation for the process of moving from traditional risk assessments to resilience assessments, including guidance on developing community specific resilience profiles and related strategies to maintain and improve such profiles.

Of course, this will not be a simple radar chart on the mayor’s desk but a new boost to the capacity of generating local strategies and action plans.

Thank you Katja, we’re truly grateful for your involvement and the clarity you bring to the user side of the RESILOC project.

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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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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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