The BORIS2 project represents the follow up of the BORIS project (GA n101004882), funded under the 2020 UCPM Prevention and Preparedness call (UCPM-2020-PP-AG) and aimed at assessing the seismic and the flood risks having cross-border impact-potential on the Italian-Slovenian-Austrian borders in a multi-risk perspective. The approach adopted in BORIS represents a “minimum standard” for multi-risk evaluation in cross-border areas, focusing on the replicability and transferability of the developed methodology between cross-border areas in Europe. The methodological approach developed in BORIS can be followed by any country that is interested in sharing and comparing seismic and flood risk as well as performing effective comparisons of how these two risks could affect the same area (both in the same country or in cross-border areas). Moreover, to facilitate the implementation of such a procedure, an ad-hoc open-source platform has been developed in BORIS which has received positive feedback from the end-users during the different project meetings and workshops of the project. The platform works as tool for visualizing, sharing and comparing NRA procedures, data, results and good practices.

Leveraging on the main results of BORIS, BORIS2 will focus on fostering the cross-border and multi-country cooperation in the prevention phase of natural disasters following the general objectives of the call for proposal. This is also in line with the EU legislations, e.g., Decision No 1313/2013/EU, promoting a collaborative approach to disaster risk assessment and awareness raising. Following the recent EC Recommendation 2023/C 56/01 (issued on 8th February 2023) on disaster resilience goals, establishing common goals to boost disaster resilience in the areas of civil protection, BORIS2 will promote “[…] an approach that takes into consideration interdependencies between multiple risks, ensures coherence amongst relevant policy sectors and encourages cooperation between Member States sharing common risks. Cooperation and coordination should foster coherence, optimise synergies and promote consistent action across sectors, levels of governance, including regions, authorities and stakeholders […].”

To contribute to achieving the general objective of the call, BORIS2 will focus on “Priority 1: Risk assessments, anticipation and risk management planning”. This priority correlates with the Union disaster resilience goal No.1: ‘Anticipate – Improving risk assessment, anticipation and DRM planning’ defined in the Recommendation 2023/C 56/01.

Following this priority, BORIS2 will focus on the enhancement of the methodologies and tools developed in BORIS to strengthen the capability of National, regional and local stakeholders in the Italian-Slovenian-Austrian borders as well the region of South-East Europe to identify and assess seismic and flood disaster risks. These risks have potential transboundary impacts in the area and the approach developed and applied in BORIS2 aims at reinforcing disaster prevention and preparedness activities in such area.