• to coordinate stakeholder engagement and interactions throughout the whole project and WPs by: i) creating a Stakeholder Forum (SF, divided into three Think Tanks (TT) for a total of 45+ members) and, ; ii) designing a stakeholder engagement plan (methodological guidelines)
  • to elicit stakeholders’ needs, perspectives, and priorities about the three ESPREssO challenges and about a new strategy for future research activities in natural hazards going beyond the traditional risk concepts and including resilience (also based on other WPs theoretical-conceptual inputs)
  • to collect, harmonise and synthesise the results of the ESPREssO stakeholder engagement process (meetings, interviews, questionnaire surveys, etc.) in order to provide useful inputs to WPs 4 and 5


Task 1.1. Stakeholder Forum and stakeholder engagement plan (Task leader: A. Scolobig – ETHZ; AMRA, GFZ, BRGM, HUD, DKKV, UCPH) (M1-12)

The core of the SF consists of a group of target stakeholders (including the project Advisory Board) who will provide input and guidance to the ESPREssO project. The SF will be divided into three Think Tanks (TT) aimed at addressing the three ESPREssO challenges (climate change adaptation vs. disaster risk reduction; science vs. legal-policy issues; trans boundary crises).

A stakeholder mapping process will be designed, in order to include quotas of key stakeholders such as the Commission services dealing with prevention, risks and disasters issues; the national authorities managing prospective research agenda related to natural hazards; the key actors implementing disaster risk reduction measures related to natural hazards; scientists and researchers working on EC funded projects on similar topics; national legislators and National Platforms for DRR; etc. The following work is foreseen:

1. identifying key stakeholder groups through desk top searches and interviews;
2. analysing and mapping the key stakeholder groups;
3. setting quotas (taking into account e.g.: the 3 challenges for the TTs; public vs. private vs. research sector; type of risk; country; disciplinary background; specialisation etc.) to select stakeholders;
4. creating of the SF and its division in three TTs.

A stakeholder engagement plan (Del. 1.1) will be designed. The plan will:

i) summarise the results of stakeholder mapping and clearly target the stakeholders to engage for the project duration and beyond;
ii) describe the design, aims and structure of stakeholder engagement in ESPREssO;
iii) adapt the RMS tool developed in WP3 and identify a further set of tools, methods and procedures for engaging stakeholders (e.g. interviews, questionnaire surveys, focus groups, World café, workshops, cognitive mapping, Delphi techniques; on-line facilitated forums and interactions; scenario workshops; iterative scenario update etc.).

All these activities will be closely coordinated with other WPs.


Task 1.2. Stakeholder Engagement Process (Task leader: A. Scolobig – ETHZ; AMRA, GFZ, BRGM, HUD, DKKV, UCPH) (M6-30)

The stakeholder engagement plan designed in task 1.1 will provide methodological guidance for the actual ESPREssO stakeholder engagement process, consisting of multiple interactions with stakeholders to provide feedback to other ESPREssO WPs. The aim of task 1.2 will be to collect stakeholders´ inputs and to harmonise and synthesise the results in a way that is useful and usable in other WPs (2-5). The aim of this is toget a better understanding of stakeholders’ needs, perspectives, opinions, and expectations concerning the three key challenges of the project. Potential synergies among European and Member States will be also investigated in order to support European research coherency. Del. 1.2 will include the results.

The questionnaire survey will target a broader sample of stakeholders at international and national level (300+). The theoretical and conceptual basis to construct the questionnaire will benefit also from inputs from the other WPs and from the results of the first Stakeholder Forum meeting. The questionnaire will be submitted online to a broader sample of stakeholders, counting on the support of the SF, the national platforms, other networks (such as ANDROID) etc. We will focus on international/European agency stakeholders and stakeholders in the 6 countries selected for the literature review in WP2 (and translate the questionnaire in the different languages, if deemed necessary). Quota sampling techniques will be applied: the aim is to reach a sample of stakeholders (300+) representing different sectors (public, private, NGOs) and risks (hydrological and geohazards, etc), also to better understand on which topics stakeholders’ groups preferences and opinions differ.

In the final deliverable (Del. 1.2.) particular attention will be devoted to maintain the logic of the three transversal challenges of ESPRESSO and to organise results accordingly.