The European Commission-funded emBRACE project aims to build resilience to disasters amongst
communities in Europe. Using interdisciplinary, socially inclusive and
collaborative methods, it will develop a conceptual and
methodological approach to clarify how the resilience capacity of a
society confronted with natural hazards and disasters can be
characterized, defined and measured.
project is not just an academic exercise to produce conceptual models, but
aims to involve practitioners and local stakeholders within an iterative
process of finding, testing and refining in a public forum that the framework
and assessment will be complete.
More information at http://embrace-eu.org/.
started in October 2011 and is fixed for a time frame of 48 months.
analysis within resilience research
a resilience framework
key characteristics and key indicators of resilience across a range of
disciplines and dimensions
and evaluation of resilience on different scales (countries, communities and individuals to
different hazards of hydro-meteorological and geophysical nature)
tests on the ground and experiments to evaluate the applicability of the
concept and methods developed in close cooperation with stakeholders (e.g., Red
Cross and local stakeholders) on different scales.
Role of UNU-EHS
the VARMAP section headed by PD Dr.-Ing. Joern Birkmann is coordinating the efforts,
however besides the VARMAP section also the EVES section with its expertise in
environmental vulnerability and resilience is heavily involved. UNU-EHS is functioning as the work package leader for
WP1 and WP2
in the first
part of the project. Here,
the various existing definitions of resilience which constitute its
essentially multifaceted character will be systematized and further
conclusions for the theoretical conceptual basis of resilience will be
formulated. This also includes a gap analysis which will show new
as well as missing links between different communities using the
concept of resilience. In WP 2, UNU-EHS particularly works closely together with
the King’s Colleague in London and the UFZ in Leipzig regarding the development
of a resilience framework. WP1 and WP2 should provide a sound information
and conceptual basis to further assess resilience. In this regard, the
processes and pressures determining resilience for a unit of assessment change
with spatial, temporal and social scale are researched.