On May 11, 2017, a workshop took place in Berlin, organised by the BRIGAID consortium. BRIGAID (http://brigaid.eu/ ) is a 4-year project under EU Horizon2020, which aims to effectively bridging the gap between end-users and innovations that may improve resilience against climate hazards. In order to reach this ambitious aim, the project started to evaluate a variety of innovations and thereby focuses – as EU-CIRCLE – on resilience against climate hazards such as floods, droughts and extreme weather. Furthermore invited to the workshop were representatives of “sister projects” in the field of resilience.
Dr. Ralf Hedel of Fraunhofer IVI (Dresden/Germany) presented the methodological approach of EU-CIRCLE during the workshop. After the presentations, the participants discussed possible synergies between the projects.
A first approach is to assess the EU-CIRCLE solution with the holistic BRIGAID evaluation methodology and to consider them for demonstration within BRIGAID. Vice versa, the innovations evaluated by BRIGAID could be considered in the scenarios of the five EU-CIRCLE case studies.
Another relevant interface has been detected to the project PLACARD. PLACARD (www.placard-network.eu) improves the dialogue between the separate communities dealing with Climate Change and those dealing with Disaster Risk Reduction by organising workshops and conferences. For this purpose, PLACARD developed an extensive registry of potential end-users. EU-CIRCLE may convey information about its events over PLACARD contact database to address additional end-users.
The research project RESCCUE (http://www.resccue.eu/ ) presented their methodological approach and toolset HAZUR which is currently being developed. Although focusing on urban resilience, the technical approach is similar to the EU-CIRCLE CIRP. It became obvious that both projects share the same challenges and should start an exchange on modelling aspects.
Finally, the EU-CIRCLE consortium would like to thank the organisers of the BRIGAID workshop for providing this excellent opportunity to exchange on the methodological approaches of the various projects and to discuss potential interfaces.
Presentation can be found here.