Based on the outcomes of a webinar jointly organised by the Horizon 2020 Security Practitioner networks projects DAREnet, eNOTICE, FIRE-IN, MEDEA and FIRE-IN, a result paper has been produced and published.

The webinar provided the participants with the opportunity to gain insights into the current approaches and best practices as well potential future applications of the concept of Just-in-Time Training (JITT) within response organisations. Based on first-hand experiences that the speakers have gathered through their involvement in past and recent disasters, in particular the COVID-19 pandemic, did the webinar provide a forum to share knowledge and experiences about how JITT can enable first responder to rapidly acquire specific skills or knowledge when the immediate need arises.

Following the success of the webinar this paper aims at summarising the challenges and practices identified to make the results available to a wider audience. The paper as well as the recordings and presentations of the webinar can be accessed via: www.practitionernetworks.eu/media-center/. The paper is also available for download here.

DAREnet is organising a series of online workshops on dedicated sub-domains focusing on “equipment” for flood response and flood management. The workshops are part of DAREnet’s 3rd Research and Innovation Roadmapping Cycle. The outcomes of the discussions within the webinars will be fed into the 3rd edition of the DAREnet Research and Innovation Roadmap (for earlier editions, please see here).

The following topics will be addressed in the webinars:

We kindly invite all first responders and practitioners to join and discuss with us the gaps but also the innovation potential of the above topics.

Let’s innovate flood response and management together!

Our Project Partner Hungarian Civil Protection Association (HCPA) has published a DAREnet Special Issue of the Civil Protection Review (Polgári Védelmi Szemle). This special issue of the renewed Civil Protection Review includes the scientific papers related to the research work of DAREnet, but also presentations of the scientific conference related to the 20th anniversary of Hungary’s NATO membership and the 30th anniversary of the ratification of the Geneva Conventions at the Hungarian Civil Defense Association.
All publications are peer-reviewed, ensuring its structured diversity in relation to the general topic of civil protection. The publication contains contributions in both Hungarian and English.

The DAREnet Special Edition of the Civil Protection Edition is available for download HERE.

Coordination in operative flood management is increasingly important with more floods affecting multiple countries which calls for harmonising and better coordinating Operative Flood Management Plans (OFMPs) along the Danube. To address this, an international workshop was organised by the EUSDR PA5 Hungarian co-coordinationon on 27 November 2019 in Pécs; Hungary. DAREnet was represented by its Coordinator THW at this workshop.
The outcomes of this workshop including DAREnet’s contribution were compiled in a study on Operative Management Plans, which has now been made available for download at https://environmentalrisks.danube-region.eu/operative-flood-management-plan/.

DAREnet Partners ARC, HCPA and ARTTIC attended the 1st Effective Response Conference on 15th November in Sorpon, Hungary. The Conference was organised by the IRONORE2019 Project (https://www.ironore.eu/) and was a great opportunity for scientists, theoreticians, practitioners and student researchers to present and exchange their research results, experience and views on topics related to Effective Humanitarian and Civil Protection response.

HCPA and ARTTIC presented a joint paper entitled “Human Ecological Approach of the Research and Development Network Building in the Danube Catchment Area”. The paper can also be found in the Conference Book which can be downloaded in the Results Area or here.

DAREnet has successfully carried out its 2nd RDI Topic Working Group Meeting. The expertise within the Topic Working Groups was collected through intensive source research, expert interviews at the 2nd TWG Workshop in Vienna from September 24th to 25th and with the help of the DAREnet National Contacts (DNC) using a survey. Aim of this meeting and the entire 2nd Roadmapping Process is to provide potential innovation opportunities following a scenario-based approach that focus on training aspects of diverse domains of flood management during the entire disaster management cycle. In this cycle, the focus is on “Coordination, Command and Control”, “Alerting and Communication”, “Rescue Operations and Emergency measures” and “Logistics and Assistance”.

The full report on the work of the RDI Topic Working Groups can be accessed here:

DAREnet welcomes the National Association of Volunteers in the Republic of Bulgaria (NAVRB) as new project partner.

NAVRB will form the joint shared DAREnet National Contact in Bulgaria together with DG FSCP. In this role, NAVRB will be responsible for widening the existing network using their network of all relevant stakeholders (practitioners, academia, and industry), promoting the project and practitioner initiatives. NAVRB will organise and facilitate national network events, such as a series of chain events (e.g. workshops with regional/local organizations) along the whole country in order to identify potential members for the national network.

NAVRB is among the most authoritative and widely represented volunteer organisations in the Republic of Bulgaria. It consists of all stakeholders in the crisis management process – institutions, volunteers, citizens, clubs and others. The organisation is constantly increasing its membership across the country and is in the process of building a national volunteer network.

More information on NAVRB can be found at http://navrb.bg/

One of the main goals in DAREnet is to collect needs of practitioners, to analyse identified gaps, to specify challenges and prepare initiatives for next steps, everything with focus to innovations and state of the art in particular areas. The outcome of these activities is laid down in the DAREnet RDI Roadmap, which is filtering most promising opportunities, assessing them from different perspectives and provides a first selection of recommended innovation opportunities.

The Roadmap contains the main findings and outputs from the first DAREnet roadmapping cycle, addressing the fields of

This is the first of four editions of the RDI Roadmap over the lifetime of the project.

The Roadmap is available for download at http://darenetproject.eu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/DAREnet-1st-Edition-of-the-RDI-Roadmap.pdf

 

A Bulgarian version of the document can be downloaded here: http://darenetproject.eu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/БЪЛГАРСКИ_DARENET-RDI-Roadmap-V1.pdf

DAREnet has concluded a webinar to introduce its approach for the 2nd roadmapping cycle.

The webinar included

You will find a recording of the webinar here:

Our approach is based on a realistic flood scenario. For the current cycle DAREnet concentrates on the aspect of training for different actions and specific tasks. In this context, DAREnet gathers practitioner input to derive requirements or current gaps in the training of practitioners as well as promote discussions on possible (training) solutions. For this, DAREnet has set up a dedicated questionnaire which is accessible at https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/2ndDAREnetCycle.

DAREnet kindly invites all flood practitioners to complete the questionnaire and thereby contribute to strengthen flood resilience in the Danube River Region.

DAREnet partner CN APELL-RO attended the 8th Edition of the EUSDR Annual Forum which was set up in Bucharest, Romania, on 26-28 June 2019. DAREnet was presented with a dedicated stand in a Forum exhibition area that was running in parallel with the Forum communication sessions.

A large number of practitioners and other stakeholders (about 600-800) were involved in the Forum event, including representatives of NGOs, industry, research, academia and surely from relevant EU and Romanian institutions.

The project’s activities were promoted through the video-presentation of the Project that rolled over the 2 days activities on the monitors installed in the opposite corners (in each corner was a monitor) of the exhibition hall.

During this event, DAREnet interacted with officials from various EU bodies (e.g. Interreg, Join Reseach Center) and with some potential practitioners from Romania (e.g. Ministry of Water and Forest – senior adviser of the Flood risk management and safety of dams Department, assessment-review counselor at the Romanian Ministry of Regional Development, Counselor State Secretary at the Romanian Ministry of Culture and National Identities, WWF Romania – representatives from ecological reconstruction related to flood project, representative of International Business Development, Syswin solution – industry innovative solution etc.).

About EUSDR:

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is a macro-regional strategy adopted by the European Commission in December 2010 and endorsed by the European Council in 2011. The Strategy was jointly developed by the Commission, together with the Danube Region countries and stakeholders, in order to address common challenges together. The Strategy seeks to create synergies and coordination between existing policies and initiatives taking place across the Danube Region.

https://www.danube-region.eu/