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.


WP1 Preparation

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.

WP2 Development

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.

WP5 Management

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.

Latest news

How is the Project going?

After the Intensive Workshop among the Academic Staff of the project held in Quevedo and Quito (Ecuador) in July, 2017, the partners returned to our home countries with the challenge of personalizing the Cmap 1.0 that was discussed in the workshop. In each University, during courses, seminars and workshops, all partners presented the Cmap with the aim of adapting and personalizing it to the particular context of each region or country. The challenge during the Intensive Course with Students that will be held at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in Medellín, Colombia, from March 5th to March 14th, 2018, will be to test the Cmap 2.0 (the result of adaptations and personalization from all partners) with students coming from the 10 Latin-American universities participating in the project, as well as to stablish future goals as the project’s finalization approaches, with the aim of strengthening a European and Latin-American Network for Climate Resilience. Stay tuned for our next Newsletter, with all the information about this Course.

Project’s intermediate report has been approved!

On December 19th, 2017, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) issued the approval letter of our Intermediate Report, submitted by Universidad Pablo de Olavide, coordinator of the CARE Project (project ref. 574220). The report describes the progress in all work packages and outputs. The report highlighted the relevance of the project in the national context and the initiatives adopted in the scope of climate change and resilience of each of the countries involved.

The EACEA appreciates the correct implementation of the activities according to the established plan, as well as the active participation by the partners and the incorporation of third partners to the project in this first period. This is due to the efficient internal communication and high participation of the partners in the meetings and management processes, a trait highly valued in the report. Among the project’s products, the website, the E-learning Platform and the Communication Plan stand out.

UNAL is working hard on several climate change topics

On November of 2017, during the Seminar of the Ciencias de la Decisión Research Group at Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL), the CARE project team, led by Prof. Santiago Arango and Daniel Henao, presented the CARE Project and the Cmap 2.0. They gave a general context of the concept map methodology and reviewed the concept map with the professors and students that attended. In parallel to the CARE project, UNAL has been working on two other projects related to Climate Change. The first one consists on the Formulation of the Action Plan against Climate and Variability Change in the Aburrá Valley. This seeks to identify and prioritize the adaptation and mitigation measures that could be implemented over the next years. Also, the University leads a project for the country’s Ministry of Mining and Energy, aimed to develop methodologies for prioritizing adaptation measures in the mining sector. Finally, with support of the CARE Project, the Research Groups is leading the construction of the Finance Engineering and Decision Sciences Laboratory -CifiLab. The lab will be ready in the next weeks and will serve for all University practices related to decision-making processes. This lab will allow the University to implement innovative educational practices (contributing to one of the project’s objectives) all will be of great support to all other ongoing projects.

Our colleagues from Uruguay have been spreading the word about the Cmap methodology!

Inside the Seminar “Viento del Este” 1st Colloquium-Public Debate on the construction of the Territory in the Eastern Region, that was held from September 14 to 16, 2017, The Uruguayan team of CARE project presented the main aims of Erasmus Plus to a great audience of researchers, government and local communities.
The activity was organized by the Regional University Center of the East – CURE (The Department of Territory, Environment and Landscape, The Group of Studies on internal migration – DCSH, The Area of Studies on Tourism) and the South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies SARAS Institute.
More than 200 people from different sectors participated in the three days of intense activities More than fifty papers, posters and documentaries were presented at the event, as well as talks and lectures by national and international experts. Discussions focused on the following 5 main themes: Territorial Planning and Governance in the Eastern Region, Value of natural and cultural resources, The territory and its socio-demographic dynamics, Impact of tourism on local development, Transformative economies and development models.
Also, From December 2017 to February 2018, The Uruguayan team of teachers participating to CARE Project, organized the course on Urban Resilience to Climate Change at the CURE, Universitarian Centre of East Region, with the aim of preparing the students to Medellín workshop on March. The team invited to participate the main experts in these topics in research centers, such as SARAS Institute, as well as Institute of Urban Affairs and Territorial Planning (ITU). We also have the collaboration of the Fulbright Visiting Professor Tom Angotti from the Earth & Environmental Sciences, Graduate Center, City University of New York.

The partners in Santiago are using Cmaps in different courses

During the second semester of 2017 in the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Jonathan Barton worked with CMap with two cohorts of students. In the ‘Urban Explorations: the Santiago Metropolitan Area’ course with 40 undergraduate students from different degree programmes of Catholic University, CMap was used to explore the potential effects of climate change on the metropolitan region and how adaptation was taking place. A list of key references were provided to the students and, in groups of two, the objective was to represent these materials in CMap form, as a summary visual. The other experience was with a smaller group of 8 postgraduate students taking a course on ‘Climate Change and Urban and Regional Planning’. In their, individual, exercise, the students were asked to CMap on of two options: ‘The challenges of urban and regional adaptation to climate change in Latin America (or Chile only).’ This exercise was based on the course recommended reading list but other sources were also included.
The exercise of using CMap was effective for several reasons: 1. The tool is easy to learn and use. 2. Students who put more effort into the exercise are rewarded with a more complex, elaborate CMap, with strong connectors and a clear logic to the organisation of the information. 3. It is a good vehicle for converting written materials into a synthetic visual, which encourages both critical reading and creative representation capacities. 4. In presenting the CMap, students develop their oral skills and need to have understood the basic components of the exercise and the materials to do this effectively, with good connectors enabling a strong presentation.
Overall, the use of CMap was a positive contribution to both courses. Marks were wide-ranging as there is scope to do a Cmap quickly with little thought or reflection, or to delve deeply and use it reflexively, critically and creatively. Most important, however, is the utility of CMap as an alternative learning tool, providing more diversity in group and individual work, and encouraging discussion of key texts in the process of conversion into a graphic.
On January 5, an internal meeting was held with all the selected students and the coordinating team of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. This is formed by professors Cristián Henríquez and Valeria Fuentalba of the Institute of Geography and Jonatahan Barton of the Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies, together with the administrative support of Margot Lagos of the Faculty of History, Geography and Political Science. In this meeting, along with providing information for the Medellín workshop, the experiences of the work with Cmap were shared and a small workshop was held for the rest of the students.

Our partners at Politecnico di Milano are using Cmaps to analyze urban intervention strategies

The last December, a two-day exercise was carried out at the Politecnico di Milano to develop a concept-map. The exercise was made by 9 groups of about 4 students each who attended the course of Energy & Urban Planning, held at the School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Construction Engineering, for the Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy Design.
The exercise consisted in a representation of the SWOT analysis and the consequent regeneration intervention strategies of a district of the city of Milan, more precisely “Porta Romana – Vettabbia”, developed by each group of students.
The exercise highlighted the students’ difficulty in using a different representation tool compared to those that are generally used in urban planning, but also pointed out that a different point of view of a problem faced could make aspects previously neglected considered.
The quality of the Cmaps elaborated was generally satisfactory and in all cases the theme of representation was dealt with in a pertinent and creative way.

The second CARE Workshop took place in Ecuador from July 24th to July 29th.

The Universidad Tecnològica Equinoccial in Quito and the Universidad Técnica Estatal de Quevedo warmly welcomed our partners and hosted the meetings.

Following the workshop activities, a CARE Cmap 2.0 will soon be delivered and the organization of the third CARE Workshop, to be held in Colombia in spring 2018, will start.

Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Sevilla (Spain) hosted the CARE Kick-off Workshop from February 20th to 24th

During  the workshop,  the  contents  and  objectives  of  the  project  were presented to partners, and the technical while revising financial aspects.  The first meetings  of  the  Steering  Committee  and  the  Quality  Board did also take place.

Besides,  the  communication  and  dissemination plan,  the  draft  of  the  webpage  and  the  e-platform  were presented  to  and  discussed  among  the  partners.  Finally, concept maps methodology was introduced. The Kick off report is available in the download section.

CARE participated to the Capacity Building for Higher Education Project Representatives Meeting on January 2017

The coordinator of the CARE Project, Dr. Pilar Paneque, attended, representing the consortium, at the Capacity Building for Higher Education Project Representatives Meeting, which took place at Brussels on January 25th-26th, 2017.

During  those  two  days,  Dr.  Paneque  had  the  opportunity  of participating  in  workshops  about  Financial  Management, Project and Contract Management, Networking & Synergies among projects, as well as celebrating a bilateral encounter with the Project’s officer, Dr. Eva Valle-Casanova.

E-learning platform

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 Cmap 2.0

This version of the CARE Cmap is an update based on the discussions and activites carried out in the Ecuador workshop. It was provided to the students of the Medellin workshop as a reference for their exercises, and will be further updated based on the outcomes of this latter workshop.






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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




Universidad Pablo Olavide of Sevilla is the leading partner of CARE.

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