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Sunday, 18th October 2015

Europe: The Challenge of Resilience in a Globalised World

Source: Joint Research Centre (EU)

From A more resilient Europe and the role of science:

Since 2010, the European Commission has been working in at least 16 different policy areas related to resilience. It has been developing new frameworks for disaster risk reduction and civil protection (i.e. forest fires, floods, droughts and other hazards), food security and other humanitarian crises – especially in Africa – structural measures and instruments to improve financial and economic stability within the EU, responding to epidemics and pandemics, as in the recent Ebola crisis, stress tests for nuclear plants, the safety of critical infrastructures, etc.

Despite these laudable efforts, “current investments and policy responses remain insufficient to effectively address existing risks, let alone to keep pace with emerging challenges” . For a more resilient Europe, it is essential to set the right priorities and to focus scarce resources on key vulnerabilities. Scientific knowledge can play an important role in this regard by supporting European policy- and decision-makers.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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