Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) is a multi-disciplinary research project working for more resilient cities in Europe. Researchers and cities come together to enhance cities’ capacity to resist, absorb and recover from the hazardous effects of climate change. A Resilience Management Guideline and a set of practical tools are piloted in a core group of cities and shared with a wider group of cities, strengthening the nexus of Europe’s resilient cities.
This concerns both man-made threats (accidents, terrorism) and natural hazards such as e.g. floods, storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.While the term ‘resilience’ can be described as “The ability of a system, community or society exposed to hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate to and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner, including through the preservation and restoration of its essential basic structures and functions.” (UNISDR, 2009), it is necessary to break down and practically apply this definition to the different security sectors.
ABSTRACT: Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) will develop and validate Resilience Management Guideline, using three pilot projects covering different security sectors in Critical Infrastructures, as well as climate change and social dynamics, as a prototype to European Resilience Management Guideline. SMR’s Resilience Management Guideline will provide a robust shield against man-made and natural hazards, enabling society to resist, absorb, accommodate and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner, as well as plan for, including through the preservation and restoration of essential structures and functions.
This H2020 project aims to develop a basis for a general guideline on resilience assessment and implementation. To increase Europe’s resilience to crises and disasters is a topic of highest political concern in the EU and its Member States and Associated Countries.
The following set of tools operationalize five crucial interdependent supporting structures of SMR’s Resilience Management Guideline:
- a Resilience Maturity Model defining the trajectory of an entity (system, community or society) through measurable resilience levels;
- a Systemic Risk Assessment Questionnaire that, beyond assessing the entity’s risk, determines its resilience maturity level;
- a portfolio of Resilience Building Policies that enable the entity’s progression towards higher maturity levels;
- a System Dynamics Model (computer simulation model) that embodies the Resilience Maturity Model, allowing to diagnose, monitor and explore the entity’s resilience trajectory as determined by resilience building policies
- a Resilience Engagement and Communication Tool to integrate the wider public in community resilience, including public-private cooperation.
Beyond delivering the validated Resilience Management Guideline and the five supporting tools the SMR project establishes as a project result an emergent European Resilience Backbone consisting of adopters, from fully committed through direct project participation to alerted potential adopters.
The adopters are vertebrae in the European Resilience Backbone. The SMR project’s powerful impact maximizing measures will assist the implementation of the European Resilience Management Guideline by consolidating the resilience vertebrae as mutually supporting functional units of a growing and fortified European Resilience Backbone.
Finally, the five tools operationalizing the five crucial interdependent supporting structures of the Resilience Management Guideline will commercialized, targeting users in Europe and beyond.