Synthesis of CARISMAND Results

CARISMAND research results are being synthesised over the project’s life-time in order to create an active feedback-loop between disaster management stakeholders and citizens and facilitate the establishing, testing and refining of solutions for culturally informed best practices in disaster management. This task is undertaken by the team of Law and Internet Foundation (LIF), Bulgaria within Work Package 11.

They have been developing and updating a Matrix Report on the Synthesised Results of Work Package 2 (“Actors, Systems, Processes, Policies in Disaster Management”), Work Package 3 (“Cultural Factors and Technologies”), Work Package 4 (“Risk Perception and Risk Cultures”), Work Package 6 (“Citizens Rights”), Work Package 7 (“Citizens Empowerment”), Work Package 8 (“Risk Communication and the Role of the Media in Risk Communication”), and the CARISMAND public events (three Stakeholder Assemblies and six Citizen Summits).

LIF Team is also engaged in the preparation of Briefs for Citizen Summits and Stakeholder Assemblies. They have already provided updates for the upcoming Third Citizen Summit in Rome (17 June 2017) and Fourth Citizen Summit in Frankfurt (24 June 2017).

Each Citizen Summit brief contains a summary of CARISMAND project’s development up to the current point and the relevant stages to the respective Citizen Summit, based on partners’ feedback and submitted deliverables. Then the significant findings from previous Summits are emphasized. For example, significant results from the First Citizen Summit (from 09 July 2016 in Bucharest) include:

  • strong lack of awareness about disaster guidelines and procedures;
  • distrust amongst some of the participants towards authorities which may hinder authorities’ ability to respond effectively to the disaster, and undermine individuals’ willingness to help;
  • identified need for education and awareness of disasters with the use of simulations and provision of information campaigns and training courses, not only from an early age but also for adults who show an interest in this; and other findings.

Among the significant findings of the Second Citizen Summit (from 16 July 2016 in Malta) are:

  • strong lack of knowledge about what to do in case of disaster;
  • perception of preparedness as a shared responsibility between authorities and citizens;
  • identified higher risk of man-made disasters than of natural disasters due to unknown and unintended side effects of new technologies in combination with an increasing population density as being likely causes of man-made disasters; and more.

Find more project results shared by the WP 11 Team in the summaries of their Work Package deliverables D11.5 Brief for Citizen Summit 3 and D11.6 Brief for Citizen Summit 4, which are published on CARISMAND website.

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