Houses destroyed by the 6 April 2009 earthquake in the Abruzzo region (Onna, Italy, 2009). © BRGM - Samuel Auclair

ESPREssO: a European project for transboundary management of natural disasters

Borders do not exist when a natural disaster strikes. This is why 7 partners from 6 European countries are working together under the ESPREssO project, launched in June 2016 for two years. The aim is to strengthen synergies across national borders to manage natural risks.

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With climate change, accelerating urbanisation and increasing human dependence on technologies and infrastructure, Europe is becoming more and more vulnerable to natural risks.

The ESPREssO project, which involves 7 European partners including the BRGM, was launched in June 2016 under Horizon 2020, the European research and innovation programme. The aim is to help build a new strategic vision for natural risk reduction and adaptation to climate change, geared to opening up new horizons for research and public policy development.

Reaching beyond borders to manage natural risks

The aim of the ESPREssO project is to work across borders to manage natural disasters:

  • across national borders to improve the management of natural disasters that affect more than one European country;
  • removing barriers between existing efforts, especially those geared to mitigating and adapting to climate change, and those aiming to reduce the impacts of natural disasters;
  • closing the gap between research and the world of public policy-making, to develop better regulations and encourage researchers to produce more knowledge relevant to policy decisions.

The ESPREssO project will produce two strategic documents:

  • guidelines on risk management,
  • a perspective on future research strategies to better define priorities following the Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction 2015-2030.


The ESPREssO consortium comprises seven European partners with solid expertise in the legal, governance and management aspects of natural risks, the socio-economics of resilience and statistical multi-risk approaches to resilience. The group, chaired by AMRA Scarl (Italy), includes GFZ (Germany), the BRGM (France), Deutsches Komitee Katastrophenvorsorge e.V. DKKV (Germany), ETHZ (Switzerland), Huddersfield University (UK) and Københavns Universitet (Denmark). To facilitate interaction with stakeholders, the BRGM will be supported by the AFPCN (French association for natural disaster prevention), which is also involved in the project as a member of the steering committee.


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