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U-SCORE: Lessons learned from conducting self-assessments on disaster risk reduction at the local level in Europe

Source(s):  European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection DG (ECHO)

This publication provides a summary of the outcomes of the European Commission-supported U-SCORE project. The U-SCORE project was launched in 2015 in order to pilot the UNISDR Disaster Resilience Scorecard tool in Europe and provide valuable feedback so as to improve the tool and indicators based on the Ten essentials for making cities resilient. The Ten Essentials are the critical and independent steps that need to be undertaken to build and maintain resilience

The UNISDR Disaster Resilience Scorecard was tested by five European cities: Amadora, Portugal; Salford and Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom; and Jönköping and Arvika, Sweden. In addition, the project also engaged the Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and the UK Cabinet Office Department of Communities and Local Government. The project offered opportunities for exchanging good practices in local-level resilience at the European level including also with the city of Lisbon, Portugal.

  1. Focusing on establishing an ongoing process  with a platform where stakeholders can exchange on a regular basis, rather than focusing on the scoring itself, is key. 
  2. Defining the city’s aim and desired result, as well as the appropriate stakeholders.
  3. Developing a clear stakeholder engagement strategy . 
  4. Capitalizing upon increased citizen awareness on disaster risk reduction 
  5. Aiming to integrate the resilience action plan into the municipal master plans (e.g. land-use planning, development, etc.) 

 



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  • U-SCORE: Lessons learned from conducting self-assessments on disaster risk reduction at the local level in Europe
  • Publication date 2016
  • Author(s) Markova, Biljana; Panda, Abhilash; Edwards, Janet; Holmgren, Anja; McDonough, Emma; Pires, Patrícia; Carvalho, Luis; Oldham, Kathy; Percival, Jon; Burgess, Peter; Unwin, Jon; Storckenfeldt, Erica; Andersson, Ida; Dahlgren, Elin; Telhado, Maria
  • Number of pages 17 p.

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