On 17 November 2021 in Gardanne, Karim Ben Slimane, Director of Risks and Prevention at BRGM, and Jean-Marc Bedogni, Director General of Entente Valabre, signed a partnership agreement between the two organisations to last for a period of 3 years.
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The aim of the agreement signed on 17 November 2021 in Gardanne (Bouches-du-Rhône) is to develop cooperation between BRGM, the French geological survey, and Entente Valabre, a public establishment which brings together 31 local authorities, to address civil security issues.
Development of collaboration for crisis management support
The agreement signed concerns collaboration between the two organisations for crisis management support, with 6 priority areas identified:
- the involvement of crisis managers in applied research projects, from functional specifications to testing of the developed solutions,
- the contribution of natural disaster impact modelling to anticipated situational awareness,
- feedback mechanisms from first responders in the field,
- crisis mapping materials (optimised for decision support),
- scenarios, crisis exercises and training,
- sharing of experience and feedback.
Natural hazards: signing of a partnership agreement between BRGM and Entente Valabre
Much past and future collaboration
BRGM and Entente Valabre have already collaborated on natural hazards over the past few years, in the framework of several European projects:
- The Interreg project RISVAL on seismic risk in the French-Italian cross-border area,
- The Interreg project POCRISC aimed at developing a common culture of seismic risk management for the entire Pyrenean massif,
- The Interreg project CHEERS for protecting the cultural heritage against natural hazards,
- The DG-ECHO project BELICE on the post-seismic diagnosis required for the deployment of rescue and clearance teams, in which BRGM was an invited expert,
- The Horizon2020 project TURNkey on early warning and rapid response to earthquakes.
Many avenues of collaboration are envisaged for the future:
- Themes of common interest to be explored include the use of remote sensing (satellite, aerial, drones, etc.), 3D laser scanners for cavities, modification of soil properties following forest fires, automated watch on social networks, crisis exercises, etc.
- Networks to be pooled to create a research-application continuum in the field of crisis management support: partnerships in the framework of projects, particularly international projects, training offers, etc.