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

October 2018

Final Conference in Santiago de Chile

Between September 24 and 28, 2018, the partners of the CARE Project held our Final Conference. Invited by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, representatives of all project partners traveled to Santiago to participate in this important event.

On Tuesday 25, the Final Conference formally began. After the formal greetings from the university authorities, Professor Cristián Henríquez from the PUC and Josefina López from UPO gave a contextualization of the week’s agenda and the general topic of the project: Urban resilience to climate change and how to tackle it with innovative educational aspects.

The first panel was about one of the most important deliverables of the project: The Shared Knowledge Report. Jesús Vargas explained the structure of the document and invited the attendees to consult it. Then, Marcello Magoni and Santiago Arango explained the general structure of CARE Book that will be published soon and corresponds to a maturation of many documents worked during the two years of the project.

In the next morning session, Flavio Camerata, Santiago Arango, Betty González, and Víctor Arias discussed the most remarkable experiences during the project, related to the application of conceptual maps in the Quevedo, Quito and Medellín workshops. Finally, Mara Cossu and Jose Chira explained the details of how the Open Learning Modules (OTM) will work, which will be published soon as a result of the project. They clarified that the target audience of these modules is university students and staff of public administration entities.

On Tuesday afternoon, all the partners explained their experience during the project and the impact that the concept mapping methodology had on their institutions and on working with the students.

The third panel of the Conference was held on Wednesday morning. Paula Bianchi and Alessandra Gelmini discussed experiences of resilience in local urban governance. Subsequently, the organization Adapt Chile and the Mayor’s Office of La Independencia presented local responses to climate change in Chile. Specifically, they presented the structure of the network, the main activities carried out and stressed that each municipality is the leader of its own adaptation processes and that the network does a process of accompaniment. With this activity, the conference formally ended.

On Wednesday afternoon, the participants of the project traveled to Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, where we could learn about the strategies developed by these organizations to deal with forest fires and swells that have occurred with intensity in recent years. The visit allowed us to understand the complexities that these cities face, as well as to take a brief walk through the representative sites of them.

On Monday 24, Thursday 27 and Friday 28, the members participated in internal meetings in which we discussed aspects to be developed in order to finalize the project.

Creation of the CARE Network

One of the objectives of the CARE Project is to establish a network between Latin America and Europe with the aim of improving their educational capacities in the field of urban and climatic resilience, as well as the transfer of project results from an operational policy perspective to different territorial levels. With this in mind, one of the commitments after the Intensive Course for Students in Medellín was to work towards the creation of the CARE + Network. The main purpose of this network is to facilitate the improvement of higher education in climate change and urban resilience. This network will promote the strengthening of holistic thinking in undergraduate and postgraduate students of participating organizations, will allow sharing methodologies, experiences / practices, and planning, management, monitoring and evaluation instruments in the field of urban resilience and will work towards the generation of agreements with public Administrations (at local and regional level) that favor the improvement of urban resilience training.

Open Training Modules soon to be released

One of the deliverables of the CARE project that the partners have been working harder on in the recent months is the development of the Open Learning Modules (OTM). The objective of these modules is to promote the interdisciplinary skills of HEI’s staff and students through the development of innovative educational approaches. These modules will be based on the Interaction between the different disciplines (Territorial Planning, Environment, Engineering, Landscape, etc.) and will encourage collaboration with research, formulation of policies and training of professionals. Each module will focus on a specific topic and provide a theoretical overview of relevant concepts and principles. In order to connect theoretical knowledge with practical applications and complementary work, each module will include, if possible, case studies. The modules will be finished very soon. We look forward to sharing them with you.

Updates from UTEQ

Between June and July 2018, Universidad Técnica Estatal de Quevedo (UTEQ) held the workshop “Resilient Alternatives: the UTEQ enhancing Climate Change”. This event was organized to publicize the results of research in the area of Climate Change in which the UTEQ is working. Through the application of methodologies based on resilience, the team from UTEQ wished to help people to become aware, face and coexist in an orderly and efficient manner with climate change. During this workshop, the team from UTEQ presented the achievements of the projects executed with internal and external financing, covering areas of urban-rural governance, the relationship between urban and rural areas in the face of climate change, rural and territorial development with a resilient approach to climate change.

August 2018

Intensive Course for Students in Medellín, Colombia

As we had announced in the previous Newsletter, the Intensive Course for Students of the CARE Project was held in Medellín (Colombia) between March 5th and 14th, 2018. Approximately 150 people, among students and professors of the 16 project partners, attended this Course. The 4 objectives of this event were: (i) to give an introduction to the conceptual maps methodology to the students; (ii) to apply with them the mapping strategies that were developed with the professors in the Quito and Quevedo workshops (iii) to show how the cities have been resilient to Climate Change from different perspectives -urban, social, cultural, governmental; and (iv) to make a follow-up of the management tasks related to the work packages of the project.

During the introductory sessions on conceptual maps, students were emphasized that the development of a CMap begins with a linkage between concepts with the purpose of showing their interrelation, in addition to allowing the generation of new knowledge from previous knowledge. After this introduction, 4 working groups were formed, in which both Latinamerican and European teachers tutored the students with the concept mapping methodology through exercises. These groups worked during the mornings.

In the afternoons, plenary sessions were held where professors and external guests presented projects related to their work areas and framed in the thematic areas of the project. The students and professors assumed a deliberative, participative and constructive attitude and made significant contributions to the experiences reported by the speakers. Some of the topics discussed were: risk management in the Aburrá Valley, sustainable rural energy, water management and scarcity, methodologies for prioritization measures to adapt to Climate Change, and watershed management.

Panel about Climate Change in the Amazon Context in UFPA

The Postgraduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism of the Universidade Federal do Pará UFPA held a panel entitled “Climate Change in the Amazon Context: Challenges and Opportunities” on May 28, 2018, with the aim of gathering students, professors, researchers from the UFPA and other institutions around topics related to the impacts of Climate Change, in order to address the vulnerabilities of Amazonian populations to climate change, as well as to producing materials for UFPA’s Open Training Module, which will be available on the e-learning platform of the CARE project. 170 people signed up to attend this panel: 119 undergraduates, 26 post-grad students and 25 researchers/professionals.

In the Amazonian context, the intensification of rains and droughts causes a great impact for the inhabitants of the cities, especially due to the intensification of the floods. According to the coordinator of the PPGAU and the CARE Project at UFPA, professor Ana Cláudia Cardoso, aspects such as deforestation and land use change and uncontrolled urban expansion must be discussed since they have a direct influence on the ability to adapt to extreme events, that occur more and more frequently.

The products of this panel will be used to develop the Brazilian module of the CARE project, with publications, videos, and other materials. This and all modules will be available on the Internet as of October 2018 and will remain online for two years.

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Climate Resilience gets more attention in the media

Climate resilience is a topic that is gaining more relevance in areas beyond academia, such as government’s programs, debates, and forums. Thus, this concept is appearing more often in news, reports and official documents. In this issue, we mention a few press article in which climate resilience is the main topic.

Southeast Asia is a leading region in the formulation of tools related to climate resilience. The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APNG) reports that it developed and has been testing a pilot tool to facilitate the adaptation to climate change in topics such as environment, infrastructure, communities and risk management. The pilot tests have been taking place in Cambodia and Vietnam. Simultaneously, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), in their Southeast Asia and Oceania Regionals, has been working along with the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), developing a toolkit that supports communities in the development of resilient strategies. Such kit is based on information, models, knowledge from previous experiences and best practices found in pilot tests performed 10 years ago in 10 Asian countries. The kit is being tested in three Indian cities.

In the Latin-American context, the Misiones Online paper reported that the Brazilian city of Foz de Iguaçu was the first from the Triple Frontier (Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay) to adhere to the Developing Resilient Cities Campaign, after diagnosing the critical actors in each city of the border, as well as problems and vulnerabilities derived from climate events.

Local activities using the CMap methodology

Before the workshop in Medellín, all Latin American partners carried out local educational activities concerning both climate resilience and the use of concept mapping as a learning tool.

More than 200 students have been involved in such activities, which included: the presentation of the CARE project; activities within existing university courses, but also targeted seminars and workshops, aimed at identifying correlations between each course’s theme and resilience to climate change; familiarisation with the use of concept maps; presentations by selected students about the correlation between their fields of study and climate change; specific preparatory activities targeted at those students already selected for the Medellín workshop.

After the workshop in Medellín, some of the partners keep carrying out local activities related to the CARE project, such as further concept mapping exercises, and specific seminars and open discussions related to climate change. Some of the students are also planning to include climate change issues in their personal investigations.

Recent activities in Uruguay

The partners from Universidad de la República participated in the kickoff of the National Adaptation Plan of Cities to Climate Change, held on May 2018. They have begun contacting the national authorities in charge of such plan since it shares objectives and methodologies with CARE Project, especially capacity building through training of local human resources. They will start exchanging information and collaborating directly, taking advantage of the knowledge and experience attained with the CARE Project.

Presentation of the the National Adaptation Plan of Cities to Climate Change. 24/5/18



Regarding teaching and research activities, the work done by the group who attended the Medellín’s Intensive Course has boosted a bachelor’s thesis in Environmental Management about the impact of Climate Change over the Maldonado-San Carlos – Punta del Este central agglomeration. This thesis will be submitted by mid-2019.

Agglomeration map. Taken from the research: El espacio público como factor de inclusión social. Acuña et al, 2011.


Finally, the CMap methodology was applied at the beginning and end of the course of Theory of Territorial Planning. This course is taken by advanced students of the Environmental Management Landscape Design Programs. The CMap allowed analyzing the concept and objectives of territorial planning and the need of its conceptualization and generation of theoretical frameworks. The final CMap was developed considering the data, concepts, authors, methodological proposals, social and environmental aspects, among other contents that must or should be related to territorial planning.

POLIMI presents CMap at the 3rd Conference of Resilience Projects Italian Observatory

Last May, the group of Politecnico di Milano presented the CARE Project in the 3rd Conference of Resilience Projects Observatory (, a project shared by the CARE group of Politecnico di Milano with the CARE Associated Partner REsilienceLAB and other research institutes

The Observatory is the first national experience dedicated to the analysis of the relevance and complexity of the concept of resilience and to the monitoring of its implementation, through the census and representation of the most significant Italian initiatives and practices that promote the resilience of territories. The Observatory supports the territorial institutions and communities, through a capacity building process, in a process of transition towards a stronger, more aware and resilient society.

The 3rd Conference has consolidated and enhanced the knowledge and solutions sharing process among all the observed actors working on promotion and implementation of resilience practices, focusing on processes and methods of co-production of knowledge and solutions for resilience.

The CARE group of Politecnico has given his contribution to the focus of the Conference, offering a reflection on how Concept Maps can be a useful tool for the representation of knowledge held by different subjects involved in resilience process, for the comparison between different ideas and positions, for the construction of a shared vision on problems and its solutions.

Dissemination activities in Sao Paulo

The Brazilian CARE team from Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC) carried out a dissemination action after the Intensive Course in Medellín. The UFABC team participated in one of the classes of the Lato Sensu postgraduate course: Specialization in Public Management with Local Government Emphasis promoted by ENAP – National School of Public Administration (a school of government, Federal Executive, which provides training and improvement in Public Administration to federal public servants in Brazil) and IBAM – Brazilian Institute of Municipal Administration. IBAM is a non-profit civil association created on October 1, 1952, with its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Its foundation was supported by municipal associations and movements related to Brazilian municipalities. On May 24, 2018, Professor Katia Canil gave a lecture on the experience of the application of geotechnical maps in the metropolitan region of São Paulo and related this instrument to federal prevention policy disaster management and risk management. This participation is the result of the partnership that is being established between UFABC and IBAM. IBAM will make available the OTMs to the associated municipalities on its website and will also use the platform’s teaching materials in its courses and training.

January 2018

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.



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October 9, 2018

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July 31, 2018

Newsletter 2

July 26, 2018


September 13, 2017

Educational resources

CARE Cmap 3.0

This is the final release of Care Cmap (3.0),  based on all the discussions and activites carried out during the project.

September 10, 2018

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.

May 18, 2018

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

July 1, 2017

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

July 1, 2017

Dissemination materials


January 22, 2018


January 22, 2018

Information panel

January 22, 2018

Reports on training and dissemination events

Proceedings Final Conference

September 25-26, 2018

Intensive Course for Students

Technical note

August 3, 2018

Staff Workshop Report

July, 2018

CARE Kick Off

The Kick Off report introduces Cmap concepts and basic theory. It also presents CARE partners main characteristics and interests

July 1, 2017



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

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The new Erasmus+ programme aims to support actions in the field of Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020

Erasmus+ provides grants for a wide range of actions and activities in the field of education, training, youth and sport. The programme gives opportunities to students, trainees, staff and volunteers to spend a period abroad to increase their skills and employability. It supports organisations to work in transnational partnership and to share innovative practices in the fields of education, training and youth. Erasmus+ also includes a strong international dimension (i.e. cooperation with Partner Countries) notably in the field of higher education, which opens the programme to institutional cooperation and mobility of young people and staff worldwide