What is RESILENS?
Realising European ReSILiencE for Critical INfraStructure
Resilience refers to the ability of a system to return to a normal state or ‘business as usual’ following a disruption. As both natural and man-made disaster and crises situations become more common place, there is a greater need than ever before for society to withstand and recover from unexpected adverse events.
Moving resilience from a conceptual understanding to applied, operational measures that integrate best practice from the related realm of risk management and vulnerability assessment is the focus of the RESILENS project.
RESILENS will develop a European Resilience Management Guideline (ERMG) to support the practical application of resilience. Accompanying the ERMG will be a Resilience Management Matrix and Audit Toolkit which will enable resilience to be assessed at different spatial scales (urban, regional, national and transboundary).
What is CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE?
Explaining Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the eighth phase of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. The programme runs over the period 2014–2020 and provides approximately €80 billion of funding. Horizon 2020 consists of three main research areas; Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges.
Role of EMRA
The central role of the EMRA involves testing of the European Resilience Management Guidelines in three pan-European pilot demonstrations in conditions which are as close to real-world as possible. These tests will be carried out across the energy, transport and water sectors at varying geographic scales and will test the effectiveness and applicability to critical infrastructure providers and first responders of a European Resilience Management Guideline. In the Eastern and Midland Region the crisis management response in the water sector will be examined.
The outcomes from the testing process will be enhanced concepts in resilience and risk management. The integration of the resilience concept into future planning will allow the region to strategically anticipate and plan for crises and disaster in terms of its critical infrastructure including urban and rural space.
Resilence in Ireland
The concept of resilience is relatively underdeveloped in Ireland. It is envisioned that this project will help integrate resilience as a facilitating concept into strategic planning policy and act as a conduit for enhanced cooperation between the key infrastructure providers/custodians and regional stakeholders. European Resilience Management Guidelines will be produced which aim to provide clear and effective crises and disasters management for critical infrastructure. RESILENS will contribute to understanding through transferring and transforming knowledge and outcomes into strategic measures which will facilitate the integration of the concept and practice of resilience into strategic planning for critical infrastructure development.
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