How EFLIP is coping with the Covid-19 outbreak

Lombardy has been the Italian region to be hit the worst by the Covid-19 outbreak. This inevitably affected EFLIP’s research activities, especially those relying on sustained (in-person) collaboration with local stakeholders. We therefore decided to re-think the way we engage them in the next few months, by taking into account their limited time availability during the recovery phase as well as the new rules on social distancing.

In preparation to the Second project & advisory board meeting to be held in fall 2020, EFLIP’s researcher will conduct a series of in-depth remote interviews with key stakeholders in June and July. This will allow for better understanding how the impact assessment of past flood events can inform risk and adaptation governance in Lombardy. Results will be presented in a webinar (dates to be announced) to which both project’s stakeholders and External Advisory Board (EAB) members are invited. The on-line activities will provide an opportunity to continue that research that relies on stakeholders engagement, and maintain the interest they expressed in the project at the First Stakeholders Workshop last February.

The Covid-19 outbreak slightly affected the finalization of Deliverable D2.1 – Prototype of the flood vulnerability and impact database with gaps filled, and the EFLIP team decided to eventually realise it by the end of June. Other projects activities remain unaffected. For more information on the project’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak, here is the full EFLIP’s Risk Management Strategy (in Italian).