The 5th LES meeting in took place at the Coimbra university during the risk conference from 23rd till 25th of May. The project team had the opportunity to combine the LES & PMM meeting with gathering extra knowledge and inspiration from the international group of speakers. At the same time we were able to contribute to the conference with several presentations and disseminate our project activities.
During the LES activities the group discussed the topic of “risk evaluations and objectives”. All partners presented their work and results in this field. After the presentations the partners discussed intensively how to get a ‘common risk picture’ from the different perspective and risk perceptions that influence both the objective risk analysis and the subjective risk evaluation.
This LES, Ruud presented the approach to capability identification by means of Bow Tie analysis, with four practical examples. He also discussed the topic of “Cost Benefit Analysis” with an explaination of the use of CBA and other methods for capability analysis.
Partners also discussed ideas for improving DRM capabilities on the basis of the self-assessment and presented their ideas for the cross-border and cross-sectoral dimension. The LES was closed with a discussion about the “Way Forward”, as a start up for the last part of the project implementation, the development of a risk management strategy.
The project partners participated in the RISCOS congress with four topics:
- 1st presentation: lessons learnt. The focus of the first oral presentation (by Ruud Houdijk) was lessons learnt by the 11 local governments. This included lessons learnt on the risk assessment, the development of a risk management strategy, stakeholder management and cooperation, financing and implementation.
- 2nd presentation: integrating risk management in spatial planning. The second presentation (by Torstein Nielsen) was focused on the inclusion of risk concerns in the spatial planning process. The city of Stavanger has extensive experience and concrete instruments for integrating the results of their all-hazard risk assessment in concrete land use and building plans by the spatial planners.
- 3rd presentation: risk management from the perspective of a developing country. The District Council of Ungheni (presenter: Liliana Tincu) is the very first local government in Moldova to participate in an EU project on risk management. On this subject Ungheni has extensive experience cooperating with UNDP (the United Nations Development Programme). However, as a partner from a developing country Ungheni also has specific challenges and needs, that might differ from EU Member States.
- 4th presentation: preparedness for school shootings. Based on the local all-hazard risk assessment, the city of Stavanger (presenter: Torstein Nielsen) decided to specifically prepare and train for school shootings. The lessons from these activities might be beneficial for schools in other countries.