The Power of Multi-Stakeholder Engagement in Emergency Responses – Check Out Our PathoCERT Project Publications

Being prepared to effectively and timely react and operate in the occurrence of waterborne pathogen contamination events requires not only a set of tailored tools and technologies, but also effective coordination and collaboration among different stakeholder groups at the local, regional, and national level. The PathoCERT project is driving the development of novel and easy-to-use technological solutions, services and governance mechanisms to improve the situational awareness and coordination of relevant stakeholders and enable them to respond quickly and safely to threats.

To achieve this level of engagement, it is fundamental to identify and engage a whole array of stakeholders such as first responders, civil protection representatives, research organisations, universities, public authorities, and utility (water) operators. The latest PathoCERT reports detail the stakeholder engagement plan developed and implemented through the Communities of Practice in six pilot cities: Granada (Spain), Amsterdam (the Netherlands),  Limassol (Cyprus), Thessaloniki (Greece), Sofia (Bulgaria), and Seoul (South Korea).

Within the communities of practice, key local and regional stakeholders have been able to provide feedback on the PathoCERT technologies, especially on their applicability. In this way, they highlighted existing challenges and opportunities, shared knowledge and experiences to maximise mutual learning effects, and finally had the opportunity to conduct table-top exercises to initiate the testing of newly developed tools and technologies.

For additional details, please download the reports The PathoCERT Stakeholder Engagement Plan and PathoCert Communities of Practices – Best Practices and Key Learnings from our library.

For further information, please contact Francesca Grossi.