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Prevention in civil protection and marine pollution - UCPM-2017-PP-PREV-AG
Deadline: May 11, 2017  

 Marine and Coast
 Environmental protection

Specific Challenge:

The present call for proposals aims at funding projects in the area of prevention, preparedness and awareness-raising in civil protection and marine pollution.


The term prevention refers to any action aimed at reducing risks or mitigating adverse consequences of disasters for people, the environment and property, including cultural heritage.[1]

The Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) aims at achieving a higher level of protection and resilience against disasters by preventing or reducing their potential effects, by fostering a culture of prevention and by improving cooperation among civil protection actors as well as with other relevant services.

To enhance prevention, the UCPM focuses on improving the knowledge base, promoting risk assessments and risk management planning as well as risk management capability assessments. Prevention is also linked to other policy fields, such as climate change adaptation. Various Union funds and policies support sustainable disaster prevention



Support and complement the efforts of Member States in the field of disaster prevention, focusing on areas where cooperation provides added value and complement existing cooperation frameworks/instruments provided by relevant EU macro-regional strategies.

Support the IPA II beneficiaries and the European Neighbourhood Policy countries in the field of disaster prevention and improve their cooperation with the Mechanism and its Participating States.


1. Projects focusing on improving urban resilience by addressing cascade effects and the resilience of urban infrastructure.

  • Actions supporting increase of knowledge of cascade effects in urban areas that would result in new innovative and effective approaches to improve urban resilience;
  • Actions promoting raising awareness (risk-informed cities, risk communication with people centred approach, resilient communities);
  • Actions promoting innovative approaches to increase the resilience of urban infrastructures, including critical infrastructure.

2. Projects with the objective of implementing multi-hazard assessments of risks, risk management capabilities assessments, risk management planning and risk awareness campaigns, with a particular focus on cross-border and regional dimensions.

  • Replicable actions supporting knowlegde based improvements in methodologies on risk assassements with particular focus on multi-hazard assessment;
  • Actions promoting exchange of good practices and experiences within the framework of an integrated approach to risk awareness and crisis communication;
  • Actions promoting integration of risk assessments and risk management capability assessments into risk management planning;
  • Exchanges of best practices in the area of risk management capabilities assessment.

3. Pilot and demonstration projects aiming to gather, record and share disaster loss data at all levels of government, taking into account loss data guidance prepared by the EU expert group on disaster damage loss data[2] and Sendai Framework indicators.

Projects should be complementary and take stock of and build upon prior achievements in the field, including disaster risk reduction actions. Please check the prevention and preparedness projects' database:


  • Projects aimed at studying, designing, developing, testing and implementing new prevention or disaster risk management approaches, or at evaluating and/or improving existing ones;
  • Projects aimed at studying, designing, developing, testing and implementing innovative approaches, techniques and tools to link prevention measures to preparedness and response needs and to integrate disaster risk management considerations into planning and other policies;
  • Projects aimed at developing general principles and guidelines relating to hazards with potentially serious impact on human, environmental and economic situations;
  • Projects in the area of prevention and risk management aimed at concrete improvements and innovation thanks to transnational cooperation;
  • Projects aiming at identifying best practices and/or transferring them in other countries and regions.

Expected Impact:


  • Enhancement of cooperation, exchange of good practices and support for capacity building in prevention actions outlined in Chapter 2 of Decision No 1313/2013/EU (including risk assessment, risk management planning, risk prevention measures).
  • Improved knowledge base on disaster risks and disaster prevention policies, and raising awareness of disaster prevention, including at urban level, which would also contribute to better understanding of and adapting to the future impacts of climate change;
  • Improved links between relevant actors and policies throughout the disaster management cycle (prevention – preparedness – response - recovery);
  • Improved city-to-city, cross border and macro regional cooperation in disaster prevention
  • EU contribution to implementation of the Sendai international Framework for disaster risk reduction.

For more information about EU disaster risk management policies:


For more information about EU financed projects:

[1]Art. 4(4) of Decision 1313/2013.


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