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Hellenic Rescue Team Attica

Hellenic Rescue Team Attica

Crowdsourcing and Gaming Volunteer Representatives

Greece

10-12 Agonaridou & Mastracha Str.
11744 Athens
Greece

Web: www.eodathens.gr
Twitter: @HRTAttica


Hellenic Rescue Team of Attica

HRTA is a purely volunteer-based Greek citizen association. The organisation, whose mission is to assist people in danger both locally and internationally, was founded in 1999 and has been growing ever since. It was created by a group of friends who voluntarily joined forces to assist the state bodies in their relief efforts during a devastating earthquake in Athens in 1999. Today HRTA has trained more than 600 members, all of whom are volunteers, and many of whom work in business or are lawyers, physicians, doctors, teachers, mountaineers, lifeguards, divers, whitewater guides, instructors, or people with diverse experience in these areas.

When helping people in danger, HRTA volunteers cooperate with government and other security forces. HRTA is currently organised and trained to react in three key fields: Wilderness Search and Rescue, Water Search and Rescue and Urban Search and Rescue Assistance.

Constant training in search and rescue procedures, self-rescue techniques, aid provision, medical first aid and similar topics during weekends and after working hours enables the team to be pro-active in their prevention work and prepared to provide emergency assistance as well as post-emergency humanitarian aid and relief.

HRTA highly values the role SCENT plays in educating the public and strengthening social responsibility and the spirit of volunteerism.



Role in the project

Hellenic Rescue Team Attica (HRTA) is one of SCENT partners aiming to provide the perspective of a volunteer-based citizen association on the optimal characteristics of a ‘citizen observatory’. Their main focus will be on the crowd-sourcing and gaming applications of the SCENT toolbox. Their input will be based on their views as normal citizens, but also as a group with extensive experience as rescuers in flood-related events and disasters. Field trips, text input and environmental data through SCENT portable sensors are also part of their duties as well as mapping its networks across the EU/globe and organising local training sessions with citizens in the Kifisos area.

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Romanian Ornithological Society

Romanian Ornithological Society

SCENT Toolbox Architecture Volunteer Perspective

Romania

Bd. Hristo Botev, nr.3, ap. 6
030231, Sector 3, Bucharest
Romania

Web: www.sor.ro


Romanian Ornithological Society

SOR is a non-profit Romanian NGO that protects birds and nature with the support of members, volunteers, donations and project based funding. The organisation has established itself as a key stakeholder for species preservation around the Danube Delta. They have a nationwide presence in Romania through local branches and school groups. SOR advises and on local, regional and national protection of birds and raises public awareness on the importance and value of birds and habitats as natural capital.

They have important links with other local stakeholders, other NGOs and public organisations for the protection of the Danube Delta reserve as well as a strong interest and extensive experience in the impact of climate change on natural reserves in general. The organisation lobbies the Government to ensure compliance with and implementation of national and EU level environmental legislation. SOR has been a national partner organisation of BirdLife International since 1997.



Role in the project

The Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR) will play a key role in the work on the SCENT toolbox requirements and architecture. SOR will provide the perspective of a volunteer-based citizen association that focuses on the protection of birds and the natural environment in general. Their input is key to finding the optimal characteristics of a ‘citizen observatory’, especially with respect to the crowd-sourcing and gaming app features relevant to their use by NGOs and volunteer organisations. SOR will also lead the task that aims to describe and benchmark available in-situ monitoring systems in the pilot sites. They will be in charge of organising the Danube Delta pilot.

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IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Hydrodynamic and Hydrological Modeling

Netherlands

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
Westvest 7
2611 AX Delft
The Netherlands

Web: https://www.un-ihe.org/


IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (formerly UNESCO-IHE), based in Delft, the Netherlands, is the largest international water education facility in the world. Its mission is to contribute to the education and training of water professionals, carry out water-related research and support organisations active in the fields of water and environment. Since 1957, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education has provided graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from 162 countries. Over 150 PhD fellows are currently enrolled in water-related research and more than 120 water research and capacity development projects are carried out throughout the world at any one time.

The institute has vast experience in research projects. It led EU FP6 project SWITCH (Sustainable city of the future) and FP7 project KULTURisk, and is currently leading the H2020 project PEARL (Preparing for Extreme and Rare Events in Coastal Regions). IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is a partner in many other projects, such as FP7 ICeWater, LENVIS, WeSenseIt, Waternomics and DemEAUMed.



Role in the project

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education will lead the work package on turning observations into spatio-temporal flooding patterns. The institute will coordinate the development of hydrodynamic and hydrological models for the two pilot areas of SCENT. With extensive experience in flood modelling for creating flood risk maps and analysing flooding patterns, they will also play a key role in identifying contributions of crowd-sourced data to aspects of flood risks, such as flood hazards, exposure and vulnerability. They will then provide recommendations for the use of these in flood modelling and risk management.

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