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Smart Mature Resilience (SMR)


European cities face an increasing frequency and intensity of hazards and disasters, which are exacerbated by climate change and social dynamics, such as demographic change and an ageing population. As Europe’s cities continue to grow, there is an urgent need for far-reaching and holistic approaches to enhance cities’ capacity to resist, absorb, accommodate and recover from the potentially critical effects of hazards. Supporting and building on the nexus of key resilient cities across Europe can create a strong backbone for all of Europe’s cities to support one another in overcoming the challenges arising from risks ahead. The Smart Mature Resilience project will deliver a Resilience Management Guideline to support city decision-makers in developing and implementing resilience measures in their cities, using three pilot projects covering different security sectors, as well as climate change and social dynamics. The Resilience Management Guidelines will provide a robust shield against man-made and natural hazards, enabling society to resist, absorb, accommodate to and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner, including through the preservation and restoration of essential structures and functions.

A set of tools operationalize crucial interdependent supporting structures of the Resilience Management Guidelines:

  1. a Resilience Maturity Model defining the trajectory of an entity through measurable resilience levels;
  2. a Systemic Risk Assessment Questionnaire that, beyond assessing the entity’s risk, determines its resilience maturity level;
  3. a portfolio of Resilience Building Policies that enable the entity’s progression towards higher maturity levels;
  4. a System Dynamics Model allowing to diagnose, monitor and explore the entity’s resilience trajectory as determined by resilience building policies;
  5. a Resilience Engagement and Communication Tool to integrate the wider public in community resilience, including public-private cooperation.

Project information


University of Navarra


TECNUN the School of Engineering of San Sebastian, of the University of Navarra, University of Agder, University of Strathclyde, Linköping University, ICLEI, Kristiansand, Donostia/San Sebastian, Glasgow, Vejle, Bristol, Rome, Riga, DIN - German Institute for Standardisation

Source of funding

Horizon 2020

Reference information


Published in Climate-ADAPT Nov 28 2017   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Dec 12 2023

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