Projects
Funded by: European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme
December 2012 / November 2016

Enhancing risk management partnerships for catastrophic natural disasters in Europe – ENHANCE

ENHANCE project aims to develop and analyse new ways to enhance society’s resilience to catastrophic natural hazard impacts, by providing new scenarios and information in selected hazard cases in close collaboration with stakeholders, and by contributing to the development of new multi-sector partnerships to reduce or redistribute risk.

ENHANCE project aims to develop and analyse new ways to enhance society’s resilience to catastrophic natural hazard impacts, by providing new scenarios and information in selected hazard cases in close collaboration with stakeholders, and by contributing to the development of new multi-sector partnerships to reduce or redistribute risk. Innovation in multi-sector partnerships is essential, as (ineffective) cooperation between public, private and civil society institutions often leads to failures in risk management. The ENHANCE project studies the potential for new multi-sector partnerships for managing different catastrophic hazards, related to heat waves, forest fires, flood, drought, storm surge, and volcanic eruptions. Key to successful partnerships is a common understanding of risks and the implications of proposed risk reduction instruments. Therefore, ENHANCE facilitates a participatory process to develop MSPs in cases studies at different geographicaland spatial scales in Europe.

Main Results and Outputs

The main products of ENHANCE will be:

  • a harmonised dynamic scenarios of vulnerability, exposure, and hazard at the pan-European scale, using existing information and new probabilistic approaches for multi-hazards, heat-waves, forest fires, floods, droughts, storm surges, and volcanic eruptions;
  • guidelines and key features for enhancing MSP interaction in successful resilience enhancement and risk reduction, pre-tested via participatory workshops on risk-based scenarios;
  • methods for linking MSPs to novel scientific risk scenarios and assessments;
  • a toolbox of economic instruments and non-structural mitigation measures at the national, regional, and local levels developed in a participatory manner and aimed at assessing risk and increasing societal resilience; and
  • policy recommendations to the EU and HFA signatories delivered through a dissemination platform for enhancing resilience from high political levels to local communities. ENHANCE offers a team that consists of scientific research institutes, public policy organisations including UNISDR, private sector specialists and an NGO that ensure societal relevance and the feasibility of implementation of our deliverables.
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