The CapaCities project is the fourth in a string of connected EU projects. It is built on shared experiences, good practices, newly developed and tested ideas and approaches in the EU projects MiSRaR, PRISMA and CRISMAS.
The MiSRaR project (Mitigation Spatial Relevant Risks in European Regions and Town, 2010-2012) was a cooperation between the Safety Region South-Holland South (the Netherlands), the municipality of Aveiro (Portugal), the municipality of Mirandela (Portugal), the city of Tallinn (Estonia), the province of Forlì-Cesena (Italy), the EuroPerspectives Foundation (Bulgaria) and the Region of Epirus (Greece). MiSRaR addressed the issue of mitigating relevant hazards through the inclusion of risk assessment and risk management in spatial planning. The project developed an integrated approach towards risk mitigation to assist regional and local governments in developing their mitigation plan for spatial relevant risks. During the three years of project implementation time, the partners have exchanged over a hundred good practices and summarized their lessons in the MiSRaR handbook. The project was cofinanced by the ERDF and made possible by the Interreg IVc programme.
The PRISMA project (Promoting and Implementing Strategies for Risk Management and Assessment, 2013-2014) was a coopertion between the Safety Region South-Holland South (the Netherlands), the municipality of Aveiro (Portugal), the municipality of Mirandela (Portugal), the city of Tallinn (Estonia) and the Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency (Bulgaria). The first objective of the 5 project partners was to test the cross-sectoral implementation of the risk assessment and risk management (prevention) strategies as described MiSRaR handbook. The second objective was to promote risk management and organize knowledge exchange between other local, regional and provincial governments and cross-sectoral risk management partners within the EU. The project was funded by European Union Civil Protection.
The CRISMAS project (Community for Risk Management and Assessment, 2016-2017) was a cooperation between the Safety Region South-Holland South (the Netherlands), ITINERIS health & safety (the Netherlands), the province of Forlì-Cesena (Italy), the Agency for economic development of the city of Prijedor “PREDA-PD” (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the city of Stavanger (Norway) and the district of Ungheni (Moldova). The aim of the CRISMAS project was threefold:  Support regions and cities implementing all hazard risk management and assessment methodologies, including the cross sectorial and cross border dimension.  Build a European wide community for government professionals working on risk management and assessment to encourage cooperation and knowledge exchange within the EU.  Improve links between relevant actors and policies throughout the disaster management cycle (prevention-preparedness-response-recovery). The project was funded by European Union Civil Protection.
Furthmore, the CapaCities projects builds on knowledge and instruments from the PPRD East Programme. This is an EU-funded Flagship Initiative for increasing disaster risk management capacities of Eastern Partnership societies and improving protection of populations from the negative consequences of natural and man-made disasters in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
The CapaCities project is funded by European Union Civil Protection. The other funded projects can be found on the website of the European Commission.