Acronym: E-CITIJENS
Full title: Civil Protection Emergency DSS based on CITIzen Journalism to ENhance Safety of Adriatic Basin
Key words: Civil Protection, Safety and Resilience

Programme: INTERREG Italy Croatia CBC Programme 2014 – 2020
Corresponding call: 1st STANDARD CALL

Priority Axis: Safety and resilience
Specific objective: 2.2 – Increase the safety of the Programme area from natural and man-made disaster.

Partners: MOLISE REGION (Italy) – lead partner, SPLIT AND DALMATIA COUNTY (Croatia), VENETO REGION (Italy), UNIVERSITY OF SPLIT, FACULTY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE AND GEODESY (Croatia), EEIG EURELATIONS (Italy), ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA (Italy), ADRIATIC IONIAN EUROREGION (Croatia), ZADAR COUNTY RURAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (Croatia), REGION OF ISTRIA (Croatia), PESCARA MUNICIPALITY (Italy).

Start date: 01/01/2019
End date: 30/06/2021

Overall budget: € 2.846.100,00,
ERDF Co-financing: € 2.419.185,00
AIE budget: € 210.000,00

Background and context: E-CITIJENS main goal is to significantly enhance Civil Protection’s capacity in reducing disasters, so improving both countries’ safety from risk. The achievement of the above goal contributes to the PILLAR 1: – Blue growth. Actually an enhanced safety of coastal territories from natural and man-made hazards contributes to protect and preserve their sustainable development (economic, sociocultural and environmental). It contributes also to the PILLAR 3: ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, Topic 2 – “Transnational terrestrial habitats and biodiversity of EUSAIR Macro-regional Strategy”. Actually, the actions addressed to improve the monitoring and emergency management measures, foreseen in the project, provide to better withstand and contain the catastrophes on ecosystems of involved regions, contributing so to protect and preserve their habitats and landscape elements.

Description: E-CITIJENS aims at increasing the safety of the Croatian and Italian Adriatic basin from natural and man-made disasters by improving emergency prevention and management measures and instruments. It pursues the above target through cross-border cooperation to: (i) reinforce the Civil Protection (including Coast Guard) chain of command in both countries with Crossborder Functional Centers equipped with an advanced and efficient decision support system to more efficiently monitor risks, manage emergencies and co-ordinate the involved forces during emergency interventions; (ii) keep open a real-time update channel on risk occurrences by collecting and using citizens information voluntarily provided via Social Media (citizen journalism) to report hazardous situations and events and signal their progress. The above objective will be sought by promoting cross border policies that can harmonize and improve both countries’ risk management current legislations and their overall efficiency.

Main responsibility of the Euroregion: The Euroregion is Responsible of Communication as WP2 leader and it will be committed in transposing the good practices developed by project in order to strengthen the knowledge and capacities of its members.

Added value for the AIE members: The main benefit for AIE in participating in the project is represented by the opportunity to activate by communication activities the participatory process of citizenship addressed to change from its traditional role of “vulnerable element” of hazardous occurrences and to obtain its contribution for the Civil Protection activities of natural and man-made risk forecasting, prevention, monitoring and management within its own living territory. According its international nature, AIE has a strong interest to promote the project results among cross border and Adriatic 33 regional and local authorities which are members of the Association. So AIE will support their members to transpose the good practices developed by the project strengthening knowledge & capacities of its local authorities.

AIE contact for this project: Carmela Vaccaro – c.vaccaro@adriaticionieneuroregion.eu

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Project website: www.italy-croatia.eu/web/e-citijens