International Workshop of I-REACT Project

12 September 2016

The International Users Requirements Workshop (IURW) and the first Advisory Board Meeting of the I-REACT Project will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 14-15 September. The workshop on “Increasing Resilience to Natural hazards through Information and Communication Technology” will be coordinated by ISMB and CSI Piemonte, in cooperation with the Section on Earth Sciences and Geo-Hazards Risk Reduction and the Science Unit of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy).

The workshop is built upon an interactive framework in which 11 emergency responders and carefully selected international advisors, will interplay with I-REACT system developers to provide substantial feedbacks on how the system should be conceived, designed and developed so as to better tackle the hazards at stake - mainly floods and fires – and, how to bridge the existing gap between innovative space-based solutions and end users in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

The I-REACT workshop will be based on a preliminary investigation of the operational procedures and processes carried out through an online questionnaire, the results of which will constitute the starting point of the two-day workshop. The two main sessions of the workshop will be developed in a cooperative way and will focus on crowdsourcing, the fundamental paradigm of the project. During the first session, the participants will be invited by the I-REACT team to engage on a co-design activity through which the information required for having a better situational assessment will be identified, prioritized, and put together to create the first definition of the in-field report. The second part of the workshop will take place the following day when invited civil protection authorities and project advisory board representatives, coordinated by the I-REACT partners, will also focus on the mapping of operational procedures and the identification of possible gaps to be covered by the support of I-REACT solutions in the emergency management cycle. This session will be concluded by an open discussion about other key requirements that may have been left out from previous discussions and to give the opportunity to raise priorities and concerns.

Further to this, the first Advisory Board Meeting of the project will be held in order to define the strategy for a successful project implementation and exploitation with a medium and long term perspective. The outcomes of such a consultation will drive the following phases of the project implementation, which aims to better coordinate efforts and services for risk reduction and disaster prevention for a more resilient society, as recommended by the Sendai Framework of the Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

I-REACT (Improving Resilience to Emergencies through Advanced Cyber Technologies) is a Horizon2020 3-year project (2016-2018), coordinated by ISMB, which involves a consortium of 20 partners. The project aims to implement a platform that, thanks to advanced technologies, will be able to gather and analyze various data sources to generate real-time information on floods, fires, earthquakes and other natural hazards. I-REACT will integrate multiple existing systems and European assets to facilitate early planning of disaster risk reduction activities and it will focus on natural disasters triggered by extreme weather.