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Danube Pilot – First Focus Group Unveils Key Outcomes: Embracing Innovation for Regional Resilience

On December 5th, the Danube Pilot First Focus Group concluded with significant outcomes that lay the groundwork for innovative approaches to regional resilience. The focus on FIGARO Data Analysis, ABM Setup, and exploring economic interrelationships among Danube Region (DR) countries highlighted the commitment to proactive risk management.

Exploring FIGARO Data Analysis and ABM Setup

Discussions delved into the intricacies of FIGARO Data Analysis, both static and dynamic, showcasing economic interrelationships among DR countries. Stakeholder input underscored a strong interest in inter- and intra-sectoral interconnectedness, recognizing the potential of Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) in steering proactive risk management strategies. The relevance extends to potentially presenting results to the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) steering group and adjusting the ABM set-up based on these discussions.

Addressing Interconnectedness and Risk Management

The emphasis on fostering cross-sectoral and cross-boundary collaboration resonated, aligning with the relevance of promoting policies that focus on local-level exchange and interconnectedness, despite geopolitical factors.

Exploring Dynamic Adaptive Policy Pathways (DAPP)

Discussions on DAPP explored ways to incorporate the future and uncertainties in planning. Stakeholder input clarified drivers of future change and causal relationships, emphasising the importance of careful planning, clear definitions, and scalability. The relevance here lies in incorporating expert knowledge on causal relationships and future changes.

Building a DAPP for the Navigation Sector

The final discussion evaluated response options and sequenced them for the navigation sector, addressing challenges such as definitions and scalability. Stakeholder input expressed appreciation for the innovative and forward-thinking approach, seeking a useful application of DAPP for the Danube Region, especially addressing the issue of scale.

Danube Pilot First Focus Group has set a dynamic stage for regional resilience, embracing innovation, collaboration, and a proactive stance in managing interconnected risks. As the outcomes unfold, the region looks forward to a future marked by adaptability and sustainability.