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Prevention in civil protection and marine pollution - UCPM-2019-PP-PREV-AG
Deadline: 04 Apr 2019   CALL EXPIRED

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 Marine and Coast
 Maritime Affaires and Fisheries
 Natural Resources
 Environmental protection
 Maritime transport
 Open Source
 Climate Sciences

Specific Challenge:

In order to contribute to achieving the above general objective, proposals are invited to focus on one of the following call priorities (specific objectives).

Specific objective 1: Integration of climate projections into disaster risk management

Climate change has become one of the key drivers of disaster risk. Therefore, in order to be effective and sustainable, planning for disaster risk management must take proper consideration of projected impacts of climate change over the next few decades. The starting point is to incorporate climate change scenarios into risk assessments, which underpin all strategies for disaster risk reduction and preparedness. While there have been clear advances in disaster risk assessment methodologies in Europe, experience shows that integration of the long-term impacts of climate change into risk assessments remains a challenge.[1][SR(1] [GV2] For instance, in many cases the time scale used for national risk assessments is too short to inform long-term investments with respect to climate risks. In other cases the estimated impacts and likelihoods of certain risks are based on historical data only and do not integrate climate scenarios. An additional challenge is assessing the cascading effects and interaction of climate change-related risks in a multi-hazard risk assessment.[2] Recent advances have led to the creation of new models that use climate and disaster data. The next step should be to turn the available data into a type of information that can inform decision-making.

In order to contribute to achieving the above specific objective, this Call for Proposals will co-finance activities that aim to facilitate and promote the use of long-term climate change projections and scenarios in disaster risk assessment and planning. In particular, project activities and outputs should lead to the development of one of the following outcomes:

  1. Risk assessments taking into account climate change impacts (10-20 years)[3]
  2. Workflow and procedures for the management (including collection, validation and analysis) of disaster loss data
  3. Strategies and/or action plans for cross-border disaster risk management integrating projected climate change impacts
  4. Macro-regional/national/regional risk assessments integrating climate change projections (including Na-Tech risks, cascading effects, etc.)

Examples of outputs to be funded include:

  • Need assessment of risk data end users ;
  • Open source IT platforms (e.g. decision-making support tools);
  • Analytical products (e.g. risk maps, scenarios, risk atlas, etc.).
  • Risk assessment reports
  • Disaster risk management plans

Specific objective 2: Development of climate-resilient infrastructure

Increasing the resilience of infrastructure, ecosystems and cultural heritage to climate change is an essential element for effective disaster prevention. This need has been recognised for the European Structural and Investment Funds 2021-2027 where the ‘climate-proofing’ of investments with a duration of more than 5 years will be required[4]. While actual investments in infrastructure and works are noteligible under this Call for Proposals, funding can finance preparatory work for investments in the resilience of existing public infrastructure as well as for new preventive infrastructure. Incorporating nature- or ecosystem-based solutions is encouraged given their cost-effectiveness and multiple co-benefits of these approaches.

In order to contribute to achieving the above specific objective, this Call will co-finance actions that aim to integrate climate resilience information in the development/retrofitting of public infrastructure. In particular, project activities and outputs should lead to the development of one of the following outcomes:

  1. Methodologies to assess vulnerability of critical infrastructure to climate-related hazards;
  2. Assessments of vulnerable infrastructure (including natural and cultural heritage assets) in areas at high risk to climate hazards;
  3. Proposals for investment projects aiming to retrofit (including building back better) public infrastructure to make it climate resilient;
  4. Preliminary studies (including cost-benefit analyses) for risk reduction structural investments (including consideration of ecosystem-based approaches).

Examples of outputs to be funded include:

  • Inventory of vulnerable infrastructure in high-risk areas (incl. natural and cultural heritage assets);
  • Results framework of proposed investment plan;
  • Design/plans for structural prevention investments for public infrastructure;
  • Cost-benefit analyses for investments (incl. consideration of ecosystem based approaches);
  • Feasibility studies for prevention/risk reduction investments;
  • Project proposals for structural prevention investments (including with consideration of ecosystem-based approaches).

For an example of a logical framework including illustrative outcomes, outputs and deliverables please refer to Annex I. General objectives, specific objectives (Call Priorities) and outcomes are pre-defined in this Call for Proposals. Each proposal must define work packages, outputs and deliverables that contribute to the Call’s specific and general objectives. Furthermore, outcomes, work packages, outputs and deliverables described in the proposals should be linked through a logical, result-driven chain and should demonstrate how the proposed action will contribute to achieving either specific objective 1 or 2.

Ideally, proposed projects should be complementary and take stock of, or build upon prior achievements in the field, including disaster risk reduction actions carried out by the EU or the Member States.

Please check the database of previously funded prevention and preparedness projects:

For more information about EU disaster risk management policies:


[SR(1]I would recommend you insert in the footnote the name of the document, not just the reference: COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT- Overview of Natural and Man-made Disaster Risks the European Union may face


[1]Commission Staff Working Document, Overview of Natural and Man-made Disaster Risks the European Union may face, SWD(2017) 176 final, 23.5.2017

[2]EEA Report No 15/2017 “Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in Europe”

[3]Making use of and not duplicating existing scenarios and studies (e.g. PESETA I and II studies)

[4]Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the Cohesion Fund, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and financial rules for those and for the Asylum and Migration Fund, the Internal Security Fund and the Border Management and Visa Instrument, COM(2018) 375 final

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