The ResiStand Roadmap

The overall objective of the ResiStand roadmap for standardisation deliverables is to initiate and foster the development of standardisation items through relevant technical standardisation committees in order to enhance disaster resilience and crisis management capabilities nationally, on a European level and globally.

To achieve this, the multitude of potential standardisation items in the area of disaster resilience, which has been identified throughout the course of the ResiStand project, has been assessed. They needed to be organised according to their anticipated development timeline, expected impact and feasibility. To this purpose the assessment tools that have been developed in earlier stages of the ResiStand project, have been applied systematically.

As a first step, the collected data of the preceding tasks has been processed based on the central tools and concepts of the project like the ResiStand Assessment Framework. The data has been analysed, assessed and transformed into potential individual standardisation items providing some key characteristics. Overall, 69 items have been analysed and grouped with respect to disaster management phases and tasks, UNISDR criteria for disaster risk reduction, priorities for action of the Sendai framework for risk reduction and relevant technical standardisation committees and working groups. 19 of those had sufficient data to perform an extended evaluation with respect to urgency and preferred leading type of stakeholder. Expected impact and feasibility could be assessed only for a few items. The gained information is summarised individually for each of the potential standardisation items in the ResiStand Roadmap document available here.

The results suggest that the focus of the community concerned with disaster resilience is on dealing with the risks and management of potentially occurring disasters, while the need for standards in the recovery phase is not particularly emphasised. A vast majority of potential standardisation items has been related to multiple technical standardisation committees and working groups which reflects a great need for cooperation and opportunity of cross-fertilisation. In terms of suggested leading type of stakeholder, crisis management and disaster resilience is seen as an important task and the responsibility of local and regional
governments, but all stakeholder types must play their role when it comes to the realisation
of particular standards.

In terms of exploitation of this roadmap beyond the ResiStand project, the ResiStand Process - of which the roadmap is envisaged to be a dynamic part - and its implementation plan provide an adaptable way forward. A continuous influx of new standardisation proposals in the dynamic roadmap is possible and desirable. The database of standardisation items and the ResiStand Assessment Framework provide suitable mechanisms for the ResiStand Process.

Christopher Liedtke, Project Manager at DIN