By focusing on urban resilience, CARE addresses one of the most urgent topics in EU and Latin America (LA).
Most LA countries are dealing with climate risk management issues, but they lack a holistic and common approach to resilience. International cooperation seems then the best-fit environment where to develop joint learning tools, go in depth on peculiar research and deliver support to policy makers.
CARE aims to promote HEI staff’s and students’ interdisciplinary skills by developing innovative educational approaches to planning. Furthermore, it aims to bring the challenge within the core of urban municipalities by directly and indirectly training professionals and officers to shape resilient policies.
Aims and objectives
- to develop innovative educational experiences
- to enhance the knowledge of urban resilience potential
- to fight against climate change effects
1. Helping the modernization of higher education curricula (by integrating them with issues such as climate risk management, social resilience, strategic planning, monitoring and assessment of plans and policies, etc.) and increasing teachers’, researchers’s and students’ knowledge and skills in climate resilience, while innovating HE teaching and learning practices by using Open Educational Resources.
2. Shape innovative mothodologies to develop Open Educational Resources for public officers and professionals that allow unlock the potential of urban resilience at a wide scale of intervention.
3. Enact the participation of teachers and students to develop highly and widely skilled professionals in order to contribute to properly addressing resilience issues at all levels (according to the Europe 2020 strategy, EU-CELAC Action Plan, etc) and to enhance the trasferring of resilience conceptual issues into operational capabilities in local government, civil society and professional communities.
4. Establishing among LA, Europe and outside, with the aim of improving their educational capacities in the field of urban and climate resilience, as well as the trasferring of project findings to an operational policy perspective at different territorial levels
Project activities and methodology
CARE methodology foresees an alternation of desk activities and workshops aimed at the collective production, testing and practical application of open educational materials, namely the CARE Cmaps and the Open Training Modules (OTM). This combination of activities is needed to properly address a demanding issue such as the urban resilience and to make it operative in order to successfully drive and focus policies at different territorial level.
The project is organized according to the following structure of Work Packages (WPs) and Tasks.
Task 1.1. Sharing of methodology
Creating common knowledge of the Cmaps methodology and “Cmap Tools” within the kick off meeting to be held in Seville.
Task 1.2. Sharing of knowledge
Selection and sharing of materials on urban resilience, to be carried out by participating HEIs (bibliography, state of the art about risk reduction and climate change, resilience strategies, policies on resilience at different territorial levels; thematic networks; devoted funding).
The aim is to mirror and face the multi-faceted nature of resilience by operationally working on the wide number of topics it arises, in order to define the “nodes” of the map. In this task, UPO, Poliedra and UIM will provide tools to collect information (forms, questionnaires, etc) and case studies will be selected where applicable.
Task 1.3. Tools for sharing
Realisation and maintenance of the CARE e-learning platform – for hosting and sharing CARE outputs. The platform will be realised with an open source software (Moodle) and will be accessible from the CARE webportal. It will be maintained by UIM for at least 3 years after the end of the project. All project outputs will be uploaded on the platform as soon as they will be defined.
Task 2.1. Construction of CARE Cmap 1.0
Definition of a preliminary CARE Cmap containing main issues and links among conceptual nodes, to be drafted through direct collaboration among HEIs.
Poliedra, Polimi, UPO and Utwente will draft a preliminary map by filled forms and materials collected through tasks 1.1 and 1.2. They are expected to recognize main emerging topics and to start thematic deepenings with interested partners. Thematic Group will be created and discussions will be delivered, by different forms (webinars, collective writing, social media, etc) as no funds are available for live meetings. As a result, a CARE Cmap 1.0 will be defined and shared among partners.
Task 2.2 Organisation of a workshop aimed at sharing the CARE Cmap 1.0
and collectively improve to CARE Cmap 2.0 in English. This goal will be achieved by direct exchanges among all partners and other experts involved in the project, according to their specific skills and expertise.
Task 2.3 Personalization of CARE Cmap 2.0
Development of the Cmap 2.0 by adding own materials (case studies, in depth analysis, etc) and testing its use with the students within courses and research activities.
Task 2.4. Further collective testing of CARE Cmap 2.0 through interaction with students
100 students (10 for each university from the Partner countries) will participate in a workshop and be involved in a practical exercise focused on the application of the Cmap 2.0 tool to concrete case studies and best practices. The task will serve to produce the final release in English and in Spanish (CARE Cmap 3.0) and to get an operational tool to introduce a more professionalizing approach to resilience issues within the academic training.
Task 2.5. Delivering of Open Training Modules
(OTM) for specific targets (municipalities staff; experts; post graduate students, etc) based on the CARE Cmap 3.0. The task aims at implementing resilience in urban policies and interventions as well as in professional practices. The OTM will be mainly spread through existing e-learning platforms.
WP3 Quality Plan
The WP aims at assessing the overall quality of the project outputs (namely, the OERs) and activities. To this extent, the consortium will establish a Quality Board, formed by 1 resource for each partner, that will be in charge of conducting the assessments and reporting their results to the Steering Committee.
Task 3.1. Quality assessment plan
Aiming at ensuring the quality of project outputs and activities, to be based on quantitative data and on qualitative data;
Task 3.2. Quality assessment
Regarding: (i) OERs – assessed with specific checklists through the application of qualitative criteria (completeness and pertinence of information contained in the OERs, accessibility of contents and information, etc.); (ii) workshops – assessed through evaluation questionnaires; (iii) collaborative tools and cooperation activities – assessed with specific checklists.
WP4 Dissemination and exploitation
Task 4.1. Preparation of a shared communication and dissemination plan
Adapted to local contexts
Task 4.2. Webportal and communication materials
Preparation of basic contents and creation of the CARE web site; preparation of tools for internal communication (email, video conferences…) and for external communication (newsletter, brochures, posters…).
Task 4.3. Active dissemination and networking
Dissemination of the CARE Cmap 3.0 and of OTM to associated networks. Further networking with external institutions and bodies to promote a more effective resilience network among Europe and LA. Tailoring of publications and contributions to external events to widely disseminate project outcomes.
Task 4.4. Final conference
Aimed to present the project results and discuss educational tools and approaches with national and international experts.
Task 5.1. Technical management
Coordination of partners, time management, organisation of the Steering Committee meetings, planning, organisation and monitoring of project activities
Task 5.2. Financial management
Organisation of the administrative and financial documents required by the programme, appointment of an auditor for each partner and certification of spending at the conclusion of the project.
CARE proposes an alternation of desk activities and workshops aimed at the collective production, development, sharing and dissemination of Open Educational Resources (OERs), based on the use of collaborative Conceptual Maps
Being publicy available on the CARE e-learning platform in English and Spanish, they are expected to empower programme courses in HELs (CARE Cmaps) and provide targeted training for professionals, public officers, policy makers (Open Training Modules).
Finally CARE aims at establishing a network among LA, Europe and outside, to improve their educational capacities on urban resilience, as well as to transfer CARE results and findings to an operational policy perspective at different territorial levels.
The project consortium
The project consortium has been built involving different categories of partners who can provide significant contributions according to their perspective and specific expertise.
Universities are the main target of the educational tools produced by the project and the main actors in their development. The 13 selected partner universities already have specific department and courses focusing on climate change and resilient adaptation strategies for urban environments, and are extremely interested in developing those topics. Most of them are also engaged in institutional networks working on resilience strategies at different territorial levels. They can provide qualified expertise in a wide number of domains (urban and regional planning, environmental assessment and management, sustainable development, urban policies, land administration, geo-information tools and techniques, and others).
In particular, HEI in Programme countries have the necessary expertise to support Partner Universities in the in-depth study of issues such as sustainable development and related assessments (Poliedra), geo-information tools and techniques applied to urban planning, land and natural resource management (UTWENTE), disaster risk reduction and civil protection (Polimi), urban and social resilience (Re – Lab) engagement of municipalities in sharing resilient policies (UIM).
EU partners will also bring into the project a wide expertise gathered across European and developing countries, as well as cooperation projects undertaken under international organization initiatives such as UN-HABITAT or AESOP (UTWENTE).
The partnership also engaged partners form different areas in the EU zone and in Latin America in order to get a wide range of climate subtypes including Mediterranean, continental and temperate (EU), humid tropical and subtropical (State of Parà, BR, Chile), tropical (State of Sao Paulo, Brazil), semi arid (Chile) climates. In relation to urban environments, the partnership aimed at covering a large variety of context and situations possibly affecting the climate resilience issue, including middle cities, large metropolis (Sao Paulo) and metropolitan regions.
CARE Kick Off
The Kick Off report introduces Cmap concepts and basic theory. It also presents CARE partners main characteristics and interests
CARE Shared Knowledge basis
The Shared knowledge basis report has been conceived as a repository of existing practices and documents illustrating the state of the art of each partner country as regards urban climate resilience. Collected data have been the basis for delivering the CARE Cmap 1.0. It also identifies common problems, issues and challenges to be further addressed during the project
CARE Cmap 1.0
It origins from the Shared Knowledge basis and is to be considered as a structured repository of profiles guiding the users in the field of climate resilient planning. It will also be a shared starting point for all the following project activities, and a reference point for further developments. It will give users the opportunity to start from their own point of view, as regards both their professional interests and level of knowledge
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