What is DAREnet?

Flood Response Innovation
by and for Practitioners

Defining the challenges

Enabling collaboration

Facilitating innovations

DAREnet is a network of practitioners dealing with flood resilience in the Danube River Region, supported by a continuously evolving multi-disciplinary community of stakeholders consisting of policy makers, academics, industry and many more.

The DAREnet project will enable Flood Management Practitioners in the Danube River Region

  • to connect and exchange with national and European stakeholders in a truly collaborative environment;
  • to identify and analyse by and for themselves relevant innovation gaps;
  • to translate the gaps into a joint innovation strategy to improve flood resilience in the future.

DAREnet Project Video

The DAREnet project video is dedicated to all practitioners dealing with floods. With this video, DAREnet invites you to get involved and actively contribute to innovate flood response together!

DAREnet needs your knowledge!

Contribute to the DAREnet open online database and help us to formulate joint priorities and initiatives for prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. This will guide and focus the research for innovations that are useful, usable and used by practitioners. You are DAREnet’s main source of information for promising innovations

Join the DAREnet Community!

DAREnet is setting up a multi-disciplinary community of flood practitioners, complemented by policy makers, researchers and industry. Get connected to local and international stakeholders coping with floods, and benefit from large spectrum of experiences, know-how and technologies the most relevant and effective solutions for practitioners.

DAREnet RDI Practitioner Initiatives

DAREnet is also about seeding and incubating concrete innovation initiatives and to give them chance to find the support and resources required to realise them.
If you are interested to find an innovative and effective solution in order to increase the flood resilience, the DAREnet Consortium will provide you the necessary logistic and administrative support and will further promote your initiatives. In this context, we need practitioners like you who know the realities, in order to solve the flood challenges in the upcoming years.
DAREnet therefore invites all practitioners (=YOU!) to express your ideas and to sketch your initiatives in short concept papers according to your needs and addressing key-challenges in the Danube region.
The initiatives primarily address the topics identified in the RDI roadmap.

  • Civil Protection Training
  • Resilience of Citizens
  • Spontaneous Volunteers
  • Civil Protection Methods, Procedures and Technology
  • Communication
  • General Data Management

However, if practitioners are faced with other challenges which are not addressed by the above-mentioned priorities, those initiatives are highly welcomed as well.


A Danubian Practitioner Community

DAREnet will build a dynamic multi-disciplinary community of practitioners, operating in a network of civil protection organisations. The network will be supported by a broad range of stakeholders from policy, industry and research. Together they will build an interdisciplinary ecosystem to foster synergies, innovation and its uptake across the Danube Region.

Connecting National Practitioner Networks

DAREnet will be organised as a network of national Practitioner networks, led by DAREnet National Contacts (DNC), in charge of mobilising and involving their national communities into the region-wide DAREnet Community.
Join your local DAREnet community now!

Innovation Strategies to Enhance Region-Wide Flood Resilience

DAREnet will deliver an annual roadmap highlighting promising innovation opportunities to cope with the main environmental and societal challenges of the region. The DAREnet Roadmap will lay the basis for concrete innovation initiatives, practitioner-driven and “bottom-up”, building a unique portfolio of joint innovation concepts for the Danube River Region. Both, Roadmap and Initiatives, will be proactively promoted towards national and European Policy Makers to support future innovation strategies in the region.

  • Establishing a structured multi-level practitioner dialogue for strengthening flood resilience through interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Improving innovation capacity and integration of new knowledge by forming an Innovation Community across disciplines and country borders
  • Supporting the uptake of concrete innovation initiatives and future collaboration, and preparing the ground for policy innovations

News & Events

DAREnet featured by the EU Danube Region Strategy

DAREnet is proud to be featured by the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). Today, EUSDR has published a story on DAREnet, presenting the project approach and its expected outcomes. Special emphasis is put on the DAREnet Practitioner Initiatives, which are highlighted by a concrete example. Read the full story at https://www.facebook.com/DanubeRegionStrategy/posts/2505834989468646?__tn__=K-R

DAREnet Annual Practitioner Forum – Conference video

DAREnet is proud to announce that the video which was shot during the 1st Annual Practitioner Forum is now available. Watch it here!



DAREnet successfully concluded its First Annual Practitioner Forum

A large number of practitioners attended DAREnet’s First Annual Practitioner Forum on 1st March 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. They were representing organisations operating in the field of civil protection, and stakeholders from policy, industry, research and academia.

On the evening upfront the Forum, the practitioners were invited to present their innovations at an informal get-together event. This first face-to-face contact between the invited practitioners and the DAREnet Consortium was a great opportunity to strengthen the relationships between parties through strong interaction and exchange of innovative ideas. The DAREnet Annual Practitioner Forum was dedicated to presenting the RDI Roadmap and launching the 1st Call for RDI Initiatives. The full-day event started with presentation of the DAREnet project followed by some short presentations on the topic “Flood vulnerability in the Danube River region’’. Following that, some of the practitioners held a series of pitch presentation followed by a Q&A session. The session has continued with the presentation of the DAREnet RDI Roadmap concept and 1st Call for Practitioners Initiatives. Finally, the event was concluded with a “World Café’’ session where participants and DAREnet Consortium team members have exchanged their ideas in order to identify gaps and shortcomings related to practitioners’ future initiatives. “I think we organised a really good meeting, offering to the practitioners and to all the actors in the field of flood management and civil protections a great floor to exchange their experiences and that way share the knowledge within the community“ stated Christian J. Illing of THW and Coordinator of DAREnet.

DAREnet First Annual Practitioner Forum in Budapest



DAREnet kindly invites all practitioners active in the field of flood management and response to the first edition of the DAREnet Annual Practitioner Forum.

At the Forum, DAREnet will

  • present the first version of the Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap for the Danube river region,
  • invite Practitioners to develop their own innovation initiatives inspired by the RDI Roadmap,
  • provide a unique opportunity for Practitioners to meet, exchange and network.


The Forum will take place on 1 March 2019 at the Hungaria Hotel City Center in Budapest, Hungary.

The agenda can be accessed here (AGENDA)

Please see also our press release (Press Release)


Registration is open now at https://cmt.eurtd.com/events/event/view/175985/darenet-annual-practitioner-forum

National event presenting DAREnet in Vukovar, Croatia

With the aim to gather various experts and unite their efforts in flood management, the DAREnet Croatian Project partner, National Protection and Rescue Directorate (DUZS) has organized conference named “Good practices, innovations, and development of flood defense system“ on 11th December 2018 in Vukovar.

In three panels: “Catastrophic floods – Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction“, “Stakeholders, methods, procedures an technology in flood defense“ and “Transboundary/international cooperation in water management“, experts from Croatian Waters (legal entity for water management); Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service; Croatian Red Cross; Croatian Mountain Rescue Service; International Sava River Basin Commission; RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation; Vukovarsko – Srijemska County and Corus Company (with their  „Water To Fight Water“ innovative flood protection method) had their presentations which were basis for fruitful discussions scheduled after each panel. More than 50 participants – from expert level, local and regional self-government to general public, has recognized this event as a valuable opportunity for networking and exchange of best practices. The main focus of the conference was on DAREnet “RDI topics” and also, general presentation of the project was held with an invitation for active involvement.  As the product of this conference, “Book of proceedings“ will be published online and available to all project partners and interested parties as a tool for transfer of national knowledge and experiences in flood defense, such as RESCUE 3 training courses (water safety and rescue/powerboat operations), Danube ice floods, innovation solutions, flood prevention, etc.

The event was covered by Croatian National television, the report is accessible at https://bit.ly/2QOrNGh.


Publication by DAREnet Partner Universtiy of Belgrade

Vladimir M. Cvetkovic, assistant professor at DAREnet Partner University of Belgrade, Faculty of Security Studies for Disaster Risk Management has published a paper in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The paper entitled „The Role of Gender in Preparedness and Response Behaviours towards Flood Risk in Serbia“ investigates the risk perceptions and preparedness of women and men regarding these flood events in Serbia, in particular the 2014 flooding. According to the results presented in the paper, emergency management agencies and land planners should account for differences in gender awareness and preparedness. Based on these findings, doing so may increase citizen participation and shared responsibility under flood hazard scenarios.

The paper is accessible at https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/15/12/2761.

DAREnet at the 7th EUSDR Annual Forum

DAREnet attended the 7th EUSDR Annual Forum in Sofia, Bulgaria and showcased the project at the Prioty Area 5 (Environmental Risks) booth in the main hall. DAREnet had good exchanges with representatives of EUSDR, Interreg and the European Commission. Further, DAREnet was glad to present the project to a broad audience. „Our participation to this event was a great success and we could establish valuable new contacts. We hope we could outline how DAREnet can contribute to the EUSDR goals“ concluded the project coordinator, Dr Christian Illing (THW).

About the EUSDR Annual Forum

Stakeholders of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) meet every year at the Annual Forum to discuss about the progress of the Strategy´s implementation, exchange best practices and to identify further opportunities for cooperation. The Annual Forum is organised by the rotating presidency of the Strategy. In 2018, Bulgaria is the rotating Presidency of the EUSDR. As a key event of the 2018 EUSDR Presidency, Bulgaria and the European Commission were jointly organising the 7th Annual Forum which was held on 18 – 19 October 2018 in in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia.

DAREnet at the Innovation for Crisis Management Annual Event in Warsaw

DAREnet is at the Innovation for Crisis Management (I4CM) Annual Event in Warsaw today and presents its aims, objectives and approach. I4CM is a great opportunity for networking with practitioners, solution providers, policy makers and experts from related projects and initiatives in the field of crisis management.

See more on the I4CM event at http://www.driver-project.eu/events-2/3rd-i4cm/

First DAREnet Questionnaire available – Practitioners speak up!

DAREnet is about identifying practitioner needs and innovation opportunities. Therefore, input of various practitioners, representing all levels is needed.
In this first cycle it was decided that we will investigate the following issues:

Civil Protection Methods, Procedures and Technologies;
Civil Protection Training;
General Data Management;
Spontaneous Volunteers;
and Resilience of the Public.

Since the questionnaire is rather long we do not expect everyone to answer every single question. Please answer those questions dealing with your field of expertise/or interest, and skip the others. The gathered data will be anonymized and evaluated in a next step, providing us with information on individual states of knowledge. Based on this DAREnet can name innovation opportunities, or match those requiring certain solutions with those who already established solutions.

HERE you find the 1st DAREnet RDI Questionnaire: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/DAREnet_Practitioner_Survey01

DAREnet Challenges and RDI Topics published

The Report on DAREnet Challenges and RDI Topics is available for download now. This document compiles a list of almost 100 RDI Topics thematically grouped in 14 distinct RDI Topic groups. Based on the first RDI Topic list issued here, future work within the DAREnet project will be planned. The DAREnet Challenges and RDI Topics mark the start of the of the first road mapping cycle, which will lead to practitioner-driven initiatives, addressing innovation opportunities identified in the DAREnet RDI roadmap.

The report is available in the download area (here)

The DAREnet Partners

The DAREnet consortium forms the backbone of the transnational, multi-disciplinary network. It brings together a unique combination of renowned institutions and players in flood mitigation and civil protection. This consortium provides a broad and complementary coverage of the needed capabilities, the geographic balance, and strategic motivation to succeed. A long history of previous collaboration providing the basis for an effective execution of DAREnet and beyond.


DAREnet Project Poster (Croatian)


Latest DAREnet Flyer in English


DAREnet Flyer in German

DAREnet Flyer deutsch

DAREnet Project Poster (English)

DAREnet Project Poster

First DAREnet flyer in English




Project Coordinator
Dr Christian J. Illing
Federal Agency for
Technical Relief (THW)

Management Team
Balazs Kern,
Andreas Schweinberger