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 have worked together under the ESPREssO project from June 2016 to December 2018.

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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, and ended in December 2018. The aim was 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 was 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.

ESPREssO final outcomes

The ESPREssO project has produced 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 Vision Paper and Guidelines represent a major achievement for the ESPREssO project, being the result of an intense collaborative activity that extended beyond the Consortium partners thanks to the strong collaboration with the scientific community and relevant stakeholders engaged.

The two documents have been presented during the Second Stakeholder Forum and the Final Project Meeting which took place in Brussels on October 18th and 19th, 2018. These events have been a fruitful moment to share the final outcomes with relevant stakeholders and EC-DGs representatives.

Both documents are available in English, French and German.


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.


Visit the ESPREssO project website


ESPREssO Vision Paper on future research strategies following the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 (October 2018)

ESPREssO Enhancing Risk Management Capabilities Guidelines (October 2018)

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