Extreme weather events will continue to increase as a result of climate change. In addition to extreme drought, an increase in heavy rainfall events and floods is to be expected. Protection strategies are needed to keep the associated damage to a minimum.


Project processing:
Elmar Schmaltz, Silke Kainz, Renate Rank


Austria already has a very good disaster management system, with many experts working together to meet the challenges of the increasing number of emergencies. However, it is often forgotten that local people can also make an important contribution to overcoming these challenges. This is where the project with the acronym LOCALIENCE comes in. The name of the project already contains the two terms "local" and "resilience".

Systems are said to be resilient if they can maintain the required performance even when disruptions and extreme events occur, or even improve it through further development.

The project aims to better connect the local population and professionals. Joint solutions for disaster management are developed and tested. Better networking and mutual learning lead to more resilient disaster management and ensure that local actors are more aware and mobilized.

The project is co-financed by the EU within the framework of Interreg Central Europe and, through the participation of institutes from five Central European countries, also brings about better networking and cooperation between experts beyond their national borders. In Austria, two institutes of the Federal Office of Water Management are participating in the project, in addition to the Office of the Styrian Provincial Government.