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|Title:||Capacity building measures for chemical accident prevention and preparedness: benchmark of EU Neighbourhood Countries|
|Authors:||BARANZINI DANIELE; WOOD MAUREEN; KRAUSMANN ELISABETH; VAN WIJK LORENZO|
|Citation:||INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION vol. 31 p. 770-780|
|Publisher:||ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||The purpose of this study is to review and present the contribution of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission to the development of a new methodological approach to measuring the effective capacity of national programmes aimed at reducing the risk of chemical accidents. This new methodology is specifically intended to enable comprehensive assessment and monitoring of the progress of European Union (EU) Neighbourhood Countries in building capacity to implement effective chemical accident prevention and preparedness (CAPP) programmes. The paper describes indicators developed for the EU Neighbourhood Countries project for Seveso capacity building, in which the Seveso Directive experience in the EU is the reference model for capacity building efforts and measuring progress. Measurement of key programme elements, implementing practices, competences, and resources was operationalized into a broader survey of the national chemical accident risk reduction programmes and strategies. The responses to selected questions were then aggregated into three capacity building indices. This innovative approach illustrates how the specific indices may be applied to measure progress, benchmark against other countries and identify trends in capacity building growth. Implications and benefits of the capacity building indices are discussed in terms of their relevance as leading indicators in developing capacity building strategies in specific countries and regions. It is noted that the same framework can also be used to measure capacity building towards other sustainability goals, based on specific data availabilities.|
|JRC Directorate:||Space, Security and Migration|
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