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🔎🇪🇺 FOCUS on Anna Battistutta (Policy Officer at European Commission for civil protection policy development (DG ECHO – Directorate B)), who will take the floor on "What EU policies for vulnerable groups?".
📑 ABSTRACT 📑
👉 It is recognised that around 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability, and this percentage is likely to increase in delicate contexts like disasters. In fact, persons with disabilities are those most exposed to disaster risks and are rarely involved in the emergency decision-making processes.
👉 In recent years, disasters have grown exponentially, increasing their intensity and severity. Despite the visible development in the overall disaster response over the past decades, persons with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by humanitarian and emergency situations. Progress needs to be done to assess the vulnerability of people with disabilities, especially when it comes to disasters.
👉 DG ECHO is working towards the development of preparedness activities, and continues supporting the development of a more inclusive disaster risk reduction and emergency response in its civil protection policies and operations.
🇪🇺 BIOGRAPHY 🇪🇺
👉 Anna Battistutta, originally an architect with experience in the field of urban planning, has recently joined the European Commission, and more specifically DG ECHO, where she covers the role of Policy Officer in the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Directorate, Policy Development team.
👉 Among her tasks, Anna Battistutta is currently the Equality Focal point for Civil Protection, contributing to the overall integration of the equality perspective in both DG ECHO policy and within DG ECHO.
#europe #policymaking #EU #inclusion
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🔎 FOCUS on Alexandre Tsakiridis (Disaster risk specialist, PreventionWeb Editor), who will take the floor on "Applying an intersectional lens to vulnerability reduction" 🔎
The CORE Consortium is delighted to remind you about joining its Webinar #2 on Designing an inclusive resilience: The full consideration of vulnerability before, during and after disasters, to be held next October 3, 2022, from 13h00 to 16h00 CEST, with a final agenda and some already promoted speakers.
You can already register here, with an access to the final agenda.
Please find below some promoted speakers who will take the floor:
- Leyla Craig, Disability Inclusion and Engagement Officer at the Fire and Rescue NSW (New South Wales - Australia) who will take the floor on "The Co-Production Approach to Fire Safety for People with Disabilities".
- Enrico Ronchi, Assoc. Prof. at Department of Fire Safety Engineering, Lund University, Sweden), who will take the floor on "Egressibility: a paradigm shift for an inclusive building design".
- Sofia Karma (Teaching Laboratory Staff of National Technical University of Athens & Research Associate at European Centre for Forest Fires (ECFF), Conseil de l'Europe), who will take the floor on "Inclusive Community Engagement in Disaster Risk Management: How active participation of vulnerable groups in disaster preparedness & response could strengthen disaster resilience".
📅11 days until CORE EU-funded Project Webinar 2 - Designing an inclusive resilience: The full consideration of vulnerability before, during & after disasters, to be held next October 3, 2022, from 13h00 to 16h00 CEST.
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🔎 FOCUS on Dr. SOFIA KARMA (Teaching Laboratory Staff of National Technical University of Athens & Research Associate at European Centre for Forest Fires (ECFF), Conseil de l'Europe), who will take the floor on "Inclusive Community Engagement in Disaster Risk Management: How active participation of vulnerable groups in disaster preparedness & response could strengthen disaster resilience".
📚 ABSTRACT 📚
👉 The frequency of disastrous events has significantly increased the recent years; the so-called “climate crisis” has intensified the risks, affecting the level of social, financial & environmental impacts. Considering also the factors of urbanization & the designed build environments with no disaster risk reduction-wise criteria, the “disaster prone” areas & vulnerabilities are increased.
👉 In that context, it seems that investments in prevention, response & recovery are crucial but it can be proved not enough if the communities aren’t considered also as a vivid and active part of the disaster management cycle with inclusive criteria.
👉 You will discover some key aspects on how involvement of vulnerable groups in disaster preparedness and response could increase the coping capacity & strengthen disaster resilience of communities as a whole.
👉 The importance of having a broader concept on vulnerability, before-during-after disasters, the need of an inclusive social & safety culture, the gravity of running universal designed simulation drills for training, as well as the significance of a people-centered approach & local participation, are some of the key issues to be discussed.
👉 In that framework, indicative experiences & work prepared by the ECFF (Conseil de l'Europe) on relevant topics would be shared among the participants.
💡 BIOGRAPHY 💡
👉 SOFIA KARMA is Dr. Chemical Engineer & Teaching Laboratory Staff at the National Technical University of Athens. She is active for over 15 years in the area of field chemical analysis, advanced chemical sensors & state-of -the art analytical methods for health, safety & environmental applications.
👉 She is consultant at the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction & scientific responsible of the ECFF that runs under the aegis of the Conseil de l'Europe.
👉 She has participated in the GAR 2019 (Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction) published by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).
👉 Her research encompasses forest fires & smoke impact assessment on the population focusing on vulnerable groups, fire safety engineering, disaster resilience & inclusive disaster risk management.
🔎 FOCUS on Assoc. Prof. Enrico Ronchi (Department of Fire Safety Engineering, Lund University, Sweden), who will take the floor on "Egressibility: a paradigm shift for an inclusive building #design".
📚 ABSTRACT 📚
👉 While accessibility is an established and widely used concept in building design, the #evacuation of people with functional limitations is still at a stage in which several research gaps exist. In this context, this presentation will discuss the concept of Egressibility, intended as the accessibility to means of evacuation.
👉 The key results of a multi-disciplinary project carried out at Lund University in this domain will be presented. This project first investigated the state-of-the-art of the research in the domain of Egressibility, focusing in particular on the role of functional limitations on evacuation performance using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability & Health ((ICF) - World Health Organization):
✅ This was performed linking quantitative studies considering predominant activities in terms of the ICF and six categories of functional limitations with the engineering evacuation time-line.
✅ This study was followed by a qualitative study exploring the perspectives on egressibility of older people with functional limitations.
✅ This was achieved by reflexive thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with 28 older people with functional limitations. A tool was then implemented to measure #egressibility by considering environmental demands & functional limitations.
✅ This instrument, called the Egress Enabler, allows the investigation of the interaction between environmental demands & functional capacity during egress.
👉 The presentation will be concluded looking into the future of needed #research in the domain of evacuation of people with functional limitations, considering the current research knowledge and gaps.
💡 BIOGRAPHY 💡
👉 Enrico Ronchi is recognized for his numerous research contributions in a wide range of areas concerning human behaviour in fire & evacuation.
👉 His work has been published in over 150 publications (including over 65 peer-reviewed journal papers), & he commented in prestigious journals such as Nature (Nature Research Custom Media, Nature Masterclasses).
👉 He is currently Associate Editor for the journals Fire Technology journal by Springer Nature and Safety Science - Journal - Elsevier.
👉 He has also worked to translate his work into practice through his involvement with multiple committees & publications with the ISO - International Organization for Standardization, SFPE, & governmental agencies worldwide.
📅 13 days until CORE EU-funded Project Webinar 2 - Designing an inclusive resilience: The full consideration of vulnerability before, during and after disasters, to be held next October 3, 2022, from 13h00 to 16h00 CEST.
🔎 FOCUS on Leyla Craig, Disability Inclusion and Engagement Officer at the Fire and Rescue NSW (New South Wales - Australia) who will take the floor on "The Co-Production Approach to Fire Safety for People with Disabilities".
👉 Research shows that people with disabilities are at higher risk for fire fatalities than people without disabilities because fire safety information is not accessible to them and their access needs. This is important with the ongoing heatwaves and wildfires from Europe to Australia.
👉 To address this, Fire and Rescue NSW, is taking on an innovative approach to engaging people with disabilities to co-design disaster information tailored to each disability group and their needs.
👉 This also includes an internal disability training toolkit for firefighters on interacting with and supporting people from different disability groups during emergencies.
👉 As a practitioner in disability inclusive disaster risk reduction (DiDRR), Leyla Craig has been involved in local and international DiDRR projects focussing on Deaf Communities in Australia and Southeast Asia.
👉 Her work involves exploring the underlying causes and gaps that exists between Deaf Communities, disability groups, and emergency services as well as identifying sustainable solutions that meets the specific needs of different disability groups within the disaster and risk space.
👉 The personal lived experiences as a Deaf person and the disconnects seen between Deaf Communities as well as disability groups and emergency services has led her to become a PhD research candidate at the University of Sydney focussing on Deaf Communities and Organisations’ capacities to respond to and support those affected by hazards and disasters.
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The CORE Consortium is happy to invite you to join its Webinar #2 on Designing an inclusive resilience: The full consideration of vulnerability before, during and after disasters, to be held next October 3, 2022, from 13h00 to 16h00 CEST.
CORE works on Resilience in the society ; a society as a whole, where nobody should be left behind when a disaster occurs, either it is for prevention, preparedness, response or recovering phase.
Without regard here for the underlying cause of the vulnerability, the thing is some groups are more vulnerable than others.
Disaster resilience builders must work on the inclusion of those vulnerable groups - not only for them, but with them.
For this week, we propose you five items about vulnerability in disaster resilience perspective, seen in Prevention Web Newsletters; each one includes plenty of useful links! Two days after the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, who are in a certain context also vulnerable groups.
[Spoiler] Our next webinar will be on the inclusion of vulnerable groups in disaster resilience.
- Better emergency preparedness can protect older adults from climate change, by The Conversation Media Group.
- The future of disaster resiliency and the need for a global vulnerability index, by The International Science Council.
- Funding for resilience: five key objectives to protect vulnerable groups through environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, by The International Science Council.
- Heatwaves and vulnerable populations: mapping their needs in the Hague, by The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
- Disaster risk reduction policy and practice for the hyper-marginalised, by DRR Dynamics Ltd.
The new German Strategy for Building Resilience to Disasters
Last July 13, the Federal Council of Ministers has adopted the German Strategy for Building Resilience to Disasters. At the same time, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser presented her programme with the Federal Office for Civil Protection and the Federal Agency for Technical Relief.
The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) is calling for abstracts in the frame of its next technical conference “DRI Technical Conference 2022” that will be held in Delhi (India) next 12-13 October 2022 – last day being the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2022.
Besides the conference itself, a Special Issue of the Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure journal (Taylor & Francis Editions) will be done, on the theme “Adaptive Pathways for Resilient Infrastructure”: “The initiative aims to promote multidisciplinary approaches for disaster and climate resilient infrastructure that has traditionally straddled several domains”.
“Biases are commonly considered one of the most detrimental effects of artificial intelligence (AI) use. The EU is therefore committed to reducing their incidence as much as possible. However, the existence of biases pre-dates the creation of AI tools. All human societies are biased – AI only reproduces what we are. Therefore, opposing this technology for this reason would simply hide discrimination and not prevent it. It is up to human supervision to use all available means – which are many – to mitigate its biases. – European Parliament (STOA).
You were numerous to be interested in our previous news item “JRC: New algorithm for risks & disasters management”. Just so you remember, the European Commission’s new & open-source software algorithm developed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) can segment social media messages to identify, verify and help manage disaster events -such as floods, fires or earthquakes- in real-time.
Please see below the latest news on algorithms, and more generally speaking, AI and technology, from the EU, not forgetting a news about our sister project ENGAGE and its chatbot for first responders and then societal resilience.
The JRC supports the preparedness and emergency response to flood events at the European and global levels. This is achieved through the provision of early warning, risk and impact assessments, and the monitoring of floods through the European and Global Flood Awareness Systems. Both systems are fully operational as part of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service.
The European Commission’s new & open-source software algorithm developed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) can segment social media messages to identify, verify and help manage disaster events -such as floods, fires or earthquakes- in real-time.
💡 Dear Reader, please find our Newsletter #2 (July 2022) to share with you our latest news and to keep you updated on CORE activities, for a resilient society!
You will find a CORE Corner, a EU NEWS Corner, a CORE PARTNERS corner, and a SISTER PROJECTS corner:
Last June 30, the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel, in collaboration with the Medical Preparedness and Crisis Management Unit (MPCMU) which is part of the Medical Service of the European Parliament, organised a workshop on "Pandemics and other health crises: Lessons learned and future scenarios".
"Lessons from this crisis must be learned, and the necessary changes made at all levels, both in terms of improving collaboration and strengthening health systems. Making the link from recovery and learning from a previous crisis to preparedness for future crises is critical, and is often neglected. Once an emergency has passed, general attention typically returns to dealing with day-to-day system management, and the opportunity to learn from the crisis and improve is missed."
Last April 22, the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) – implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and funded by the European Union – published its annual European State of the Climate (ESOTC) 2021 Report.
“This report provides a detailed analysis of the past calendar year, with descriptions of climate conditions and events, and explores the associated variations in key climate variables from across all parts of the Earth system. The ESOTC also gives updates on the long-term trends of key climate indicators.”
Last 26 April 2022, the CORE EU-funded project organised its first webinar “Resilience of the society: a global perspective” that was all a success.
Almost 70 persons registered from 28 countries all over the world, representing a wide range of stakeholders (Universities & Research centres, Governmental agencies including ministries, European & International organisations including UNICEF, NGOs & Associations, European institutions including the Joint Research Centre (European Commission), and companies) and various domains (Disaster risk reduction, Climate change, Crisis management, Youth, Inclusion, Volunteering, etc.).
The webinar was organised by Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) – CORE D&C Leader – and moderated by Marie-Christine Bonnamour (PSCE Secretary-General).
“Destination Earth will improve our understanding of climate change and enable solutions at global, regional and local level. This initiative is a clear example that we cannot fight climate change without digital technologies. For example, the digital modelling of the Earth will help to predict major environmental degradation with unprecedented reliability”, said Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe fit for the Digital Age.
“WMO’s vision is that by 2030, we see a world where all nations, especially the most vulnerable, are more resilient to the socioeconomic consequences of extreme weather, climate, water and other environmental events”, Prof. Petteri TAALAS – WMO Secretary-General.
Last February 28, 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Working Group II’s contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability Report.