• To analyse, synthesise and compare existing knowledge of legal, policy and science approaches across identified countries (Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, UK and Denmark) that address natural hazards and climate change adaptation, in order to identify the hallmarks of good practices and innovation (as a starting point to identify key actions).
  • To consolidate and enhance synergies of funded research and innovation activities in natural hazards/disasters risk reduction.
  • To identify necessary key actions to be promoted, short to long term, by taking into consideration the EU and national adaptation strategies and mechanisms associated with disaster risk management planning related to the ESPREssO challenges. These will be compared with relevant European regulations and, integrated by the results of stakeholders´ consultation (WP1), will feed into WP4.


A wealth of knowledge in disaster risk management already exists at all levels, including scientific resources, data, operational knowledge from local, national and regional disaster risk management interventions, as well as developments in technology and innovation.

This WP will synthesise the existing knowledge base on legal, policy and science approaches to disaster risk management. The WP will consider knowledge across the disaster risk management cycle and among relevant actors. The data analysis coming from this WP will be used in WP4 to identify the solutions to overcome the three challenges.

In particular, this WP will tackle the following tasks:


Task 2.1: Collect data on different policy, legal and science approaches across the identified EU countries that address natural hazards and climate change adaptation (Task leader: D. Amaratunga – HUD; UCPH, BRGM, DKKV, AMRA, ETHZ) (M1-12)

The purpose of this exercise is to collect data that can be analysed to identify their impact in terms of risk reduction at national and EU level.

Data will be collected via different means:

  • Analysis of data from DG ECHO, DG-CLIMA, DG-HOME, DG-ENERGY, etc.
  • Analysis of data from UNISDR through the UNISDR Campaign on “Making cities resilient”, and from senior UNISDR officials including the Special representative of the UN Secretary General on DRR.
  • Analysis of the output of the roadmap launched by the UNISDR Science and Technology Partnership working on the implementation of the Sendai Framework.
  • By interaction with the JRC Knowledge Centre on Disaster Risk Management and relevant EU projects (e.g. PLACARD).
  • EU funded research and innovation activities in natural hazards/ disaster risk reduction will also be looked into. This will be carried out via secondary data that is available in databases such as CORDIS.
  • ANDROID Disaster Resilience network, capturing further data from a range of stakeholders. network.
  • Data on Climate Changes scenarios (from IPCC, National and Regional Climate Service Centres, etc.).


This task will produce D2.1.


Task 2.2: Analysis of knowledge for the three ESPREssO challenges (Task leader: K. Cedervall Lauta – UCPH; HUD, DKKV, AMRA, GFZ, BRGM, UCPH) (M1-18)

Analysis of data will be undertaken at various levels:

  • National level (Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, UK and Denmark).
  • Data relevant to trans-boundary emergency management.
  • EU-wide.
  • Global, including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and demands to promote a more systematic and reinforced science-policy interface that strengthens the contribution of DRM to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth globally.

This task will produce D2.2.