Based on the outcomes of the 2nd Annual Practitioner Forum, DAREnet and EUSDR PA5 have jointly prepared a result paper. This paper summarises the outcomes of the event and provides recommendations deriving from the discussions. The facilitated discussion with responder organisations, academia, industry, public authorities and policymakers was regarded as highly beneficial, and it has been agreed to continue the dialogue in the future – and even to extend it to additional stakeholders. In this respect, DAREnet and EUSDR PA5 will continue their successful cooperation to facilitate professional exchange, share best practices, aiming at improving flood resilience in the future.

The organisers thank all participants and speakers for their contributions, making this event a success.

The paper can be downloaded in the Results section or here.

DAREnet and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Area 5 on Environmental Risks have successfully concluded the second part of this year’s Annual Practitioner Forum. This episode in forms of a panel discussion was attended by more than 50 persons of all countries of the Danube River Region, representing first responder organisations, academia, industry, and public authorities. It aimed to facilitate discussions on policy-level about how the challenges, gaps and needs that were identified in the first part could be addressed. The panel was comprised of representatives of EC’s DG HOME, DG ECHO and DG REGIO as well as the Danube Transnational Programme and the EUSDR PA5 Disaster Management Working Group. Building upon the outcomes and recommendations of the first part, the panellists discussed how innovation in flood risk management training in the Danube River Region can be enhanced through strategic partnerships.

DAREnet and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Area 5 on Environmental Risks have successfully concluded the first part of this year’s Annual Practitioner Forum. This first of two online events was a workshop targeting at first responders dealing with the topic of floods in the Danube Region. The thematic focus of the workshop was “training”. The workshop took place on 24th November 2020 and was attended by more than 50 persons of all countries of the Danube River Region, representing first responder organisations, academia, industry, and public authorities. The outcomes of this workshop are currently being summarised and will serve as basis to facilitate a panel discussion to take place on 2nd December 2020. This panel discussion with speakers from the EC’s DG HOME, DG ECHO and DG REGIO as well as the Danube Transnational Programme and the EUSDR PA5 Disaster Management Working Group will complete the 2nd Annual Practitioner Forum.

Registration to the panel discussion is still open at www.practitionerforum.eu.

DAREnet and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Area on Environmental Risks Disaster Management Working Group are jointly organising this year’s Annual Practitioner Forum. The Annual Practitioner Forum will focus on the subject of “Training”. The forum will introduce selected innovative approaches from practitioner organisations from the Danube Region with the aims to facilitate discussions about solutions, challenges and needs between experts and stakeholders, also to generate project ideas.

The first day (24 Nov 2020) includes plenary sessions and virtual world cafe style talks, while the second day (2 Dec 2020) hosts a panel discussion with key experts. The event topics are focusing on training aspects of flood protection and preparedness activities.

The registration as well as detailed information on the agenda and speakers can be found at www.practitionerforum.eu.

An event flyer can be downloaded here.

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: