2nd Annual Practitioner Forum

training edition

Tue 24/11/2020 & Wed 02/12/2020

Annual Practitioner Forum Result Paper

Based on the outcomes of the 2nd Annual Practitioner Forum, DAREnet and EUSDR PA5 have jointly prepared a result paper. This paper summarises the outcomes of the event and provides recommendations deriving from the discussions. The facilitated discussion with responder organisations, academia, industry, public authorities and policymakers was regarded as highly beneficial, and it has been agreed to continue the dialogue in the future – and even to extend it to additional stakeholders. In this respect, DAREnet and EUSDR PA5 will continue their successful cooperation to facilitate professional exchange, share best practices, aiming at improving flood resilience in the future. The paper can be downloaded here.

The organisers thank all participants and speakers for their contributions, making this event a success!

enhancing flood resilience in the Danube river region

Current and future challenges

In the past years, most notably in 2002, 2006, 2013 and in the summer of 2014, parts of the Danube River Basin District were being affected by very strong or extreme flooding events. These events caused significant human and economic damages in the affected countries and communities. In 2006, 4 casualties were reported in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and the costs and damages amounted to almost 600 million Euro in the whole basin. In 2010, there were 35 casualties, and damages of around 2 billion Euro occurred, a figure which was even surpassed in 2013 (2.3 billion Euro damages, mostly in Germany and Austria; additionally, 9 casualties were also reported from Austria and Romania). The Sava River Basin in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Serbia was hit very hard in May 2014, effecting 2.6 million people, killing 79, and causing almost 4 billion Euros damage in the three countries. (Source: ICPDR, PreventionWeb)

A strategic collaboration to enhance flood resilience through innovation

Against the background of the current and future challenges have two key stakeholders established a strategic collaboration that aims to contribute to the enhancement of flood resilience in the Danube River Region by providing a platform for cooperation that facilitates discussions of relevant stakeholders.

DAREnet is a network of practitioners dealing with flood resilience in the Danube River Region, supported by a continuously evolving multi-disciplinary community of stakeholders consisting of policy makers, academics, industry and many more.

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is a macro-regional strategy that seeks to create synergies and coordination between existing policies and initiatives taking place across the Danube Region. Within the Priority Area 5 Environmental Risks an improved Flood Risk Management is a core target.

By jointly organizing the 2nd Annual Practitioner Forum, DAREnet and EUSDR PA5 align efforts to foster collaboration in the field of flood resilience in the Danube Region.

"By jointly organising the 2nd Annual Practitioner Forum, DAREnet and EUSDR PA5 align efforts to foster collaboration in the field of flood resilience in the Danube Region."

(Kinga Perge, EUSDR PA5)


This years Practitioner Forum will focus on the subject of "Training". The forum will introduce selected innovative approaches from practitioner organisations from the Danube Region with the aims to facilitate discussions about solutions, challenges and needs between experts and stakeholders, also to generate project ideas.

Two subjects will be tackled in 40 minutes long break-out sessions:

Session 1: Training of spontaneous volunteers and responders

Objectives of Session 1:

  • trigger discussion between different organisations about their approaches towards the training of volunteer and responders

  • identify good practices and training methods to improve training efficiency for spontaneous volunteers and responders

  • share practices regarding the different training systems for spontaneous volunteers and responders of the Danube countries

Session 2: National, regional and international trainings

Objectives of Session 2:

  • share practices and experience regarding the different training approaches at national, regional, international level;

  • trigger discussion about regional level disaster preparedness and response activities, compared to national and international systems

  • identify good practices at national and international trainings which can be implemented at regional level

  • exchange ideas about potential standardized training requirements at regional level

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Christian Illing

DAREnet project coordinator and deputy head of innovation at the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW).

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Kinga Perge

Senior advisor of EU Strategy for the Danube Region Environmental Risks Priority Area, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Hungary.

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Zsolt Kelemen

Head of the Disaster Management Working Group of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region, Priority Area 5 on Environmental Risks (EUSDR PA5).

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Philippe Quevauviller

Research Programming and Policy Officer at European Commission (DG HOME).

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Felix Bloch

Head of Unit of Knowledge Network and Evidence-Based Policy at Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, European Commission (DG ECHO).

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Gusztáv Csomor

Project Officer at the Managing Authority / Joint Secretariat of the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme (DTP)

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Johan Magnusson

Team Leader for the EU Strategies of the Danube and the Baltic Sea Regions at the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO).

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Tuesday 24.11.2020 (09:30-12:00)

09:30-10:30 Plenary session - Objectives, partners and programme

09:30-09:35 Welcome and overview of DAREnet project and the objectives of the 2nd Annual Practitioner Forum (Christian J. Illing / THW)

09:35-09:45 Welcome note from EUSDR PA5 and short introduction of the Disaster Management Working Group (Kinga Perge / EUSDR PA5)

09:45-10:00 Introduction of the Forum Partners:

  • DG HOME - Community of Users (CoU) by Philippe Quevauviller (video message)

  • DG ECHO - Knowledge network & Evidence-Based Policy Unit by Felix Bloch (video message)

  • DG REGIO - EU Strategies of the Danube and the Baltic Sea Regions by Johan Magnusson

  • DTP - Joint Secretary by Gusztáv Csomor

  • EUSDR PA5 Disaster Management Working Group by Zsolt Kelemen

10:00-10:10 DAREnet Practitioner Initiatives Main results from the 2nd roadmapping cycle: Training (Viorel Arghius / APELL)

10:10-10:20 Introduction and objectives of collaborative break-out sessions (Christian J. Illing / THW)

10:20-10:30 Short break

10:30-12:00 Break-out sessions

10:30-11:50 Break-out sessions (40 minutes each)

  • Presentation of selected Practitioner Initiative to illustrate challenges, gaps and innovation opportunities

  • Discussion of the innovation potential and possible way forward/required support for the uptake/implementation

Nr. 1: Training aspects of spontaneous volunteers and responders (Moderated by Christian J. Illing)

Nr. 2: Towards a regional approach to training? (Moderated by Kinga Perge)

11:50 End of break-out sessions and return to plenary

11:50-12:00 Way forward and closing (Christian J. Illing / THW)

Wednesday 02.12.2020 (10:00-11:30)

10:00-11:30 Panel discussion including Q&A

10:00-10:05 Welcome, objectives and agenda of the day (Kinga Perge / EUSDR PA5)

10:05-10:15 Consolidated summaries of break-out session rapporteurs

10:15-11:15 Panel discussion between DAREnet, EUSDR PA5 DMWG, DG ECHO, DG HOME and DTP

How can innovation in flood risk management training in the Danube River Region be enhanced through strategic partnerships?

11:15-11:25 Q&A session

11:25-11:30 Closing of the 2nd Annual Practitioner Forum and way forward (Christian J. Illing / THW)


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