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Published: 30 August 2017  
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Germany  |  Ireland  |  Israel  |  Norway  |  Sweden
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Keeping Europeans safe and more resilient in a crisis

The EU-funded DARWIN project is developing and testing European resilience management guidelines together with crisis and resilience practitioners. The objective is to make Europe a safer and more resilient place for its citizens.

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Serious crises and disasters in recent years, such as Fukushima in 2011 and Deepwater Horizon in 2010 have revealed that Europe also requires a more resilient approach to preparing for and dealing with disasters, whether natural or man-made.

The EU-funded DARWIN project aims to improve responses to both expected and unexpected crises and security threats by developing resilience management guidelines for critical infrastructures and first responders in Europe.

The guidelines will address man-made events such as cyber-attacks as well as natural events like flooding or earthquakes and are intended to improve stakeholders’ ability to anticipate, monitor, adapt, learn, evolve and operate efficiently in the face of serious crises. The guidelines will be user-friendly and constantly evolving, including innovative and adaptable tools for recreating crisis management scenarios, such as serious gaming and comprehensive training packages.

DARWIN will also establish a community of crisis and resilience practitioners (DCoP) that includes civil society representatives and critical infrastructure providers in a bid to test and evaluate resilience management guidelines. Feedback from this community will then be incorporated into the development of the guidelines, ensuring that these are practical and relevant to needs on the ground.

DARWIN’s guidelines will undergo pilot testing in two key strategic sectors: healthcare and air traffic management. The results will also be applied to other security sectors.

The DARWIN project is not the only EU-funded project on a mission to develop Europe-wide resilience management guidelines. Four other projects: SMR, RESOLUTE, RESILENS and IMPROVER, are also working on this objective. Their integrated results will make a robust contribution to a more resilient Europe.

Project details

  • Project acronym: DARWIN
  • Participants: Norway (Coordinator), Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Israel
  • Project N°: 653289
  • Total costs: € 4 998 896
  • EU contribution: € 4 998 896
  • Duration: June 2015 to May 2018

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