19 September 2011. This ESPI Report, entitled “Space Applications for Civil Protection. A Roadmap for Civil Protection with Particular Interest to SatCom as Contribution to the Polish EU Council Presidency in 2011” intends to identify a potential way forward for improving the overall operational capabilities of European Civil Protection agencies through the use of satellite-based services.
ESPI Report 37 on “Space Applications for Civil Protection. A Roadmap for Civil Protection with Particular Interest to SatCom as Contribution to the Polish EU Council Presidency in 2011” reflects the main issues which were discussed during a workshop organized by ESPI, together with the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior (BM.I), the Austrian Aeronautics and Space Agency, and ESA on 5/6 May 2011. It aims at identifying user needs and gaps in existing services as well as the most appropriate way forward for generating space-based user-driven activities of direct benefit to the European Civil Protection community. The report underlines that dedicated efforts are specifically needed in interoperability, availability, cost effectiveness, and best practice in the use of satellite-based services by the Civil Protection community. For the time being, no institutional, established European mechanism exists to allow the European disaster management community to have efficient and simple access to space assets, nor is there any clear articulation of the specific needs of the disaster management community that would enable owners of space assets to develop resources that cater for those needs.
Speakers at the ESPI workshop “Space for Civil Protection” (from left): Martin Keitsch (Federal Agency for Technical Relief, Germany), Cosmin Balcu (Sibiu County Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, Romania), Michael Pregesbauer (Government of Lower Austria), Raed Arafat (Ministry of Health, Romania), Marzia Santini (Department for Civil Protection, Italy), Amnon Ginati (ESA), Kinga Perge (National Directorate General for Disaster Management, Hungary), Siegfried Jachs (Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior) Charlotte Mathieu (ESA), Tomasz Kolodziejczyk (National HQ of the State Fire Service, Poland), Jakub Ryzenko (Space Research Centre, Poland) Pierluigi Mancini (ESA), Mildred Trögeler (ESPI), Tiphaine Schmitt (French Ministry of the Interior), Erich Klock (ESPI), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (ESPI)
The study is presented in four main parts, the first of which provides an overview of the current status of Civil Protection in Europe, including the drawbacks of the current systems and ESA’s past user-driven activities to overcome these shortcomings. The second part delineates the national strategies and perspectives of CP agencies of selected European States with the focus on satellite-based applications that were presented during the workshop. Based on the summary of the roundtable discussions, the current shortcomings in the use of satellite-based services and the user requirements of the Civil Protection community are identified in a more general manner. The third part of the study assesses whether the international and European regulatory framework effectively meets the needs and requirements of the Civil Protection community and how it should be shaped to guarantee not only legal certainty but also an effective mechanism to respond to disasters in a timely and flexible manner. This part reviews recent developments at EU level with respect to the review of the EU Civil Protection legislation. Finally, recommendations focus on measures to improve the overall operational effectiveness of CP users through the use of SatCom.
Polish EU Council Presidency workshop on Civil Protection (from left): Pierluigi Mancini (ESA), Tomasz Kolodziejczyk (Kolodziejczyk (National HQ of the State Fire Service, Poland), Erich Klock (ESPI), Mildred Trögeler (ESPI), and Ian Clark (Head of Unit, DG ECHO - Unit A5, Civil Protection Policy, Prevention, Preparedness & Disaster Risk Reduction)
The “Space Applications for Civil Protection” report has been conducted by Erich Klock, Manager of the IAP Ambassador Platform for the CEE region hosted by ESPI, and Mildred Trögeler, ESPI Resident Fellow. It is a joint effort between ESPI and ESA.