2015/06/04

The Smart Mature Resilience project to develop a model for analysis and improvement to boost resilience in big cities.

RESILIENCIA

Tecnun is hosting this month the kick-off meeting for the SMR (SMART Mature Resilience) project, which is part of the EU’s H-2020 programme. SMART’s focus is on developing and implanting a model that will help cities analyse and improve their capacity to deal with major crises that affect urban areas. The project addresses subjects such as climate change, energy and social preparedness, among others.

Three researchers from the Department of Industrial Management, Jose Maria Sarriegi, Josune Hernantes and Leire Labaka, are the project’s coordinators. In addition to Tecnun, SMART has 12 partners: The universities of Agder (Norway), Linköping (Sweden), Strathclyde (Scotland), the consultancy ICLEI (Germany), DIN German Institute for Standardisation (Germany), as well as the cities of Donostia/San Sebastián, Glasgow (Scotland), Riga (Lithuania), Bristol (England), Roma (Italy), Vejle (Denmark) and Kristiansand (Norway).

Over the next three years, the partners will work on developing a method for evaluating, preventing and managing potential crises, which will be implementable starting in 2018. This is a clear commitment on the part of the EU to foster and develop resilience in large urban areas.

The concept of resilience refers to a system’s capacity, in this case cities, to prevent a crisis from occurring, to minimise the impact if one does occur, and to reduce the length of time and the resources that are required to return to normality after a crisis event. The UN Human Development Report for 2014 addressed the need to build resilience as a tool for achieving and maintaining human development.

To that end, with a budget of 4.6 million euros, the project will study the levels of resilience of vulnerable systems in the face of various situations. It will put emphasis on the social arena, climate change, and the most critical infrastructure facilities in the partner cities, such as energy, transport, water and health systems, among others

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