23 October 2023
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PARATUS is a Horizon Europe, EU-funded project that aims to increase the preparedness of first and second responders in the face of multi-hazard events and to reduce the risks related to impacts on various sectors that result from complex disasters.

The project, which kicked off last October 2022 and will last 4 years, is receiving more than €4 million euros from the European Union to develop a cloud-based Online Service Platform that offers support in analyzing and evaluating dynamic risk scenarios and systemic risks caused by multi-hazard disasters.

PARATUS brings together a consortium of 19 partners from 11 countries and includes representatives of research organizations, NGOs, SMEs, first and second responders, and local and regional authorities, coordinated by the University of Twente.

The role of FI Group in the project

Within PARATUS, FI Group primarily leads the engagement, impact and transferability strategy. This consists of the development of a set of three plans that define and coordinate the specific strategies, actions, timings and tools that PARATUS will implement with respect to:

  • The stakeholder engagement approach
  • Communication and dissemination
  • Exploitation and standardisation of project results

In addition to this, FI Group is involved in project exploitation activities, which comprise investigating options for the sustainability and exploitation of the PARATUS tangible outcomes.

FI Group also takes an active role in the integration of coordination activities related to the application in the four application sites (the Alps, Romania, Turkey & Caribbean) to ensure a balance between the work in the different work packages, stakeholder involvement, and case study areas.

Last but not least, FI Group contributes to regular communication and dissemination activities.

Promoting disaster preparedness and resilience through the different case studies of the PARATUS project

The project will perform in-depth assessments of the interactions between hazards and their resulting impacts in various sectors. In addition, it will analyse the current risk situation and study how alternative future scenarios could change multi-hazard impact chains. Scenarios will be co-designed with stakeholders and developed in four case study areas (including the Caribbean, Romania, Istanbul, and Alpine areas).

The project team will adopt a participatory methodology and use a range of tools to develop decision-support techniques. The methods developed in PARATUS will be co-designed together with the local and regional communities and authorities.

The case study areas cover combinations of multiple aspects:

  • Natural and anthropogenic hazard interactions (extreme weather events and associated events)
  • Scale of analysis (international, cross-border to local applications)
  • Assets and vulnerability in different sectors (social science, human health, cultural heritage, environment and biodiversity, public financial management and key economic sectors)

Addressing several key actions for a safer future

First, figuring out the dynamic and interactive conditions of risk will be carried out using data from satellite remote sensing and artificial intelligence to gain an in-depth understanding of risks that have arisen in the past and how they may evolve over time.

Secondly, a multi-sectoral systemic risk assessment will be developed. This approach will allow to study how hazards and risks change in relation to climate change and other social factors.

Context-specific decision-making tools for risk reduction, including serious games and stress-testing methodologies, will also be developed to assist in short- and long-term planning. The focus will also be on the user, with the co-creation of a user-centred risk assessment and mitigation service to evaluate the impact chains of multi-hazard events with particular emphasis on cross-border and cascading impacts.

Finally, the project aims to extend external cooperation, impact and transferability, creating a stakeholder hub that will bring together professionals from various cultural, geographical and economic contexts.

PARATUS, nominated for the Polish Smart Development Award

PARATUS was nominated for the Polish Smart Development Award in the “Project of the Future” category in July 2023. The prestigious Polish prize is awarded to innovative projects with great social impact, whose way of acting and thinking influence the intelligent and sustainable development of the life of society and the economy.

PARATUS, along with the Polish project partner organisation, the Association of the Centre for System Solutions, was recognised by the award organisers for the results to date of the project, and its potential to result in a positive impact on socio-economic development.

The nomination was also awarded for an open approach to promotion and communication with the public, in presenting the importance of the benefits of the implemented solution.

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Marina Marcos

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