About the project
Over the last few decades, European cities have been characterized by migrant flows that have resulted in the growth of multicultural societies and the creation and expansion of non-native communities. At the same time, cities are increasingly investing in strengthening their adaptation capabilities to climate change, learning how to live with natural disasters, building in places and ways which take into account the possibility of disasters happening and developing as well as approving policies, regulations and plans for resilience enhancement in the short, medium and long run.
The European project AMARE-EU will focus specifically on developing concrete, low-cost and easy-to-be-applied solutions to involve and inform those who, due to linguistic, social, economic, and cultural factors, are at severe risk in case of a natural disaster.
Is the information system of our city good enough to reach all the citizens?
Key activities and outputs
Project activities start from the development of an online self-assessment tool to evaluate the capacity of cities to foster a culture of prevention in the presence of multicultural societies. This tool, together with an on-line library covering topics such as city resilience, multiculturalism and citizens involvement, will remain available throughout the project’s duration and beyond, and will help to increase the awareness cities have about the project’s topics.
Attracting and accessible materials related to risk reduction, mitigation of adverse consequences of disasters in local communities and citizens involvement will also be identified and adapted to the needs of multicultural societies. This material, together with proper guidelines and good practices, will constitute a toolkit supporting city administrators in ensuring the most effective involvement of non-native citizens in prevention and preparedness strategies, in order to create safer and more resilient communities.
At the same time, 4 European pilot cities were selected through a call for interest. In these cities the proposed approaches will be tested and implemented, with the direct support and expertise of project partners. Specific analysis, training and planning activities will be implemented in each of these cities, including the involvement of non-native citizens and the delivery of an awareness-raising campaign. This will allow for the validation of an innovative approach and set of supporting tools, that will then be made available for transfer and implementation throughout.