January 19th and 20th thirteen participants from five different countries have met each other in the town of Alblasserdam for their kick-off of the new European project CRISMAS. The meeting was organized by the Safety Region South Holland South (VRZHZ). Besides the Safety Region, the partners in this project are ITINERIS, the City of Stavanger in Norway, the Ungheni District Council from Moldova, the regional economic development agency of Prijedor in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Italian Province of Forlì-Cesena. The aim of the project, funded by the European Commission, is to assist the partners in developing “all-hazard” risk assessments and to formulate their risk management strategy. The project also aims to build an European virtual network for government professionals working on risk assessment.
In the Dutch municipality of Alblasserdam the partners had a great kick-off in which a lot of information was shared. They learned a lot about each others institutional framework, risk management processes and the methods used for risk assessment. Tuesday afternoon the project partners were welcomed by Mayor Paans of Alblasserdam, which was highly appreciated by the guests. On Wednesday the partner contracts were signed in the first steering committee meeting.
Inspired by these days, the following weeks all partners will start up their local work and involve their local stakeholders. In February the Dutch partners will visit the other partners to support them starting up.