C2IMPRESS 2nd General Assembly and 3rd Periodic Meeting

23 November 2023 by

The C2IMPRESS consortium members attended the 2nd General Assembly and 3rd Periodic Meeting at Palma de Mallorca, Spain 25-27 October, 2023.

The meeting was hosted by two of its consortium members, Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) and Govern de les Illes Balears (GOIB). UIB and GOIB aim to develop a cost-effective and integrative tool for multi-hazard risk assessment by sharing C2IMPRESS’s scientific knowledge, ground-breaking technologies, and capabilities among the European scientific community.

The Balearic Islands in Spain is one of the Mediterranean flood-prone archipelagos, historically affected by flash adverse weather events, floods, and wildfires; and one of the case study areas (CSA) for the C2IMPRESS project. To assess the impacts of flash floods and wildfires in Mediterranean societies, several representative catchments in Mallorca (i.e., Sa Font de la Vila and Sant Miquel rivers) are fully instrumented and available to implement C2IMPRESS POs and integrated framework and simulation models and other data innovations for evidence-informed policy- and decision-making and establishing appropriate climate adaptation strategies and policy recommendations.

Fig: Balearic Islands – Spain

The CSA will adopt C2IMPRESS’s interdisciplinary assessment modelling analysis and engagement approaches to decipher the relationship between the different spatial scales of multi-hazard assessment and eco-social resilience mechanistically as the basis of future scenarios under climate change.

The first day of the meeting started with the project's overall update on administrative, technical, and financial management, presented jointly by SAMPAS and Technovative Solutions Limited (TVS); followed by presentations on each of the work packages by the respective work package leaders. The second half of day one was about discussions on work package clusters and sub-clusters and the final summary of main results and prospective tasks to be developed within each work package. 

The second day was mostly outdoor visits to the Downstream of d'en Barberà River (Son Fusteret-BAR03 hydrometric station), Rural area of d'en Barberà River (Molí des Palmer-BAR01 hydrometric station), and to the Coll de sa Gramola and walk around an area affected by wildfires and monitored by UIB. 

Fig: Outdoor visits

The third day of the Assembly included CSA sessions, a PPCP (Public-Private-Civic-Partnership) workshop, and historical natural hazards visit to Palma's Old Town related to cultural aspects.

These three days of assembly and meeting allowed the consortium members to connect, collaborate, and make a lasting impact in raising awareness, empowering citizens, and exchanging knowledge for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in the project pilot sites and in Europe in the near future.

C2IMPRESS is a three-year-long project funded by the Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON) Research and Innovation Actions under grant agreement No 101074004. The project has built its consortium with 16 European and international partners from cross-cutting disciplines and technological backgrounds.

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