Preventing Flooding risk by making resilient communities

18:00 Tuesday 28 May




Clarissa Dondi (Italy) 1; Astrid Franceschetti (Italy) 1; Morena Barilani (Italy) 1; Eva Merloni (Italy) 2; Alessandra De Savino (Italy) 3; Marco Cardinaletti (Italy) 3; Valeria Pancioli (Italy) 1

1 - Emilia-Romagna Regional Agency for territorial safety and civil protection; 2 - Area Europa scarl; 3 - Eurocube srl

Life Primes Project aims at reducing land and population damages caused by events like floods, inundations and sea storms which depend on intense meteorological phenomena that are becoming more and more frequent every day, making the communities more consciousness about flood risk and awareness on adequate behavior.

Partners involved in the project: Emilia-Romagna, Marche and Abruzzo regions, Arpae Emilia-Romagna and Marche Polytechnic University, have created a network based on knowledge and good practices as far as hazard and risk management, alert procedures, information and communication, which are useful to local communities. A participatory processes has been implemented in test site areas situated in the three Regions involved, through workshops for selected stakeholders and local administrators, with the use of a web based tool that allows the drafting of a CAAP (Civic Adapt-Action Plan) to be submitted to each administration, aimed at assessing citizens’ knowledge on the risk of floods, as well as increasing their level of knowledge through five short friendly video tutorials, furthermore classifying the actions to be carried out according to an established priority order; this gave the opportunity to bring further proposals to the attention of the Municipality.

To complete this process, it was organized in two test sites of the Region an exercise to test the responsiveness of the Civil Protection system and to provide population and local administrators with the most adequate information to be prepared in case of an emergency situation, among the population, the simulations involved several families, residing on the River banks and about eighty secondary school students. A pilot action based on adaptation action suggested by stakeholders take place during result reporting to a test site area: confront about local situation with the Mayor and trying to fill in a family emergency plan. The follow up of the project will have to focus on good practice export and replicability and constant monitoring of implementation of adaptation actions integrated in emergency planning.