Assessment and simulation of present and future multi-hazard risk in the Marrakesh-Safi region (ARIMA)

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    Michael Hagenlocher

    The ARIMA project aims at enhancing disaster resilience in the Marrakesh-Safi region of Morocco. Funded by the European Commission Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), the project will develop a spatial multi-hazard risk information platform based on innovative risk assessment and simulation methods, co-designed and tested for the practical use of the beneficiaries. By integrating information on drivers, current hotspots and future scenarios of multi-hazard risk, the project will enable regional beneficiaries to integrate risk information into their risk management strategies and increase their capacity to define preventive measures against the most relevant hazards affecting the region (i.e. floods, droughts, erosion associated with flash floods). ARIMA will take stock of existing risk reduction adaptation strategies and propose complementary solutions. Finally, existing disaster risk management capacities and capabilities will be evaluated and strengthened where needed.

    Next to UNU-EHS, the project consortium also includes the Industrieanlagen Betriebsgesellschaft mhb (IABG) in Germany, which leads the project, CIMA Research Foundation in Italy, and two local partners, i.e. the the University-Faculty Semlalia Marrakech (CADI) and RESING which are based in Marrakesh.

    UNU-EHS leads WP4 “Multi-hazard risk assessment” and WP5 “Future risk scenarios” and contributes to the evaluation of existing and potential future risk reduction and adaptation solutions including an analysis of possible entry points and barriers towards their implementation (WP7) as well as to capacity building efforts within the project (WP8). 

    With its focus on simulating, assessing and understanding multi-hazard risk and future risk dynamics, the project will provide relevant outcomes to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the post-2015 development agenda.