Task F- General summary of task implementation process
Different countries have different ways of coping with disasters and catastrophes. Sometimes the catastrophe is affecting several countries. In an emergency situation affecting several countries, there might be obstacles or gaps which prevent the best performances of countries involved.
The objectives of the Task F were to prepare a general macro-regional risk assessment focusing on nuclear and radiation safety, to prepare a set of scenarios to test the prevention status, to develop methodological tools to deal with the scenarios and to prepare a macro regional strategy (recommendations) for enhancing prevention methodologies and filling in the gaps.
The work was done by preparing a reference scenario to be used as a basis when identifying risks and major gaps in current disaster prevention and coping strategies and by organizing several expert workshops.
Based on the results and findings of the workshops a list of possible gaps was generated.
It was recommended that a Baltic Sea Region program should be initiated to determine the State –level gaps and also a regional workshop should be conducted to prepare the strategy to cope with the major disasters.
To support these undertakings several actions were also recommended to be taken.
It was concluded that the Model Worst-Case Scenario, developed for this study, was an efficient tool to discover potential major gaps and that it can be used also to State-level identification of potential gaps.
The work was done within the allocated time framework.
The persons participating in the Task F activities were experts from STUK, a Finnish group called Fin-experts, EGNRS-group and a group from BSR (Baltic Sea Region countries). Originally it was planned that the BSR group would include also experts from Russia and Sweden but in the end the experts participating in the work were from Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Norway. Due to inability of the Task Leader (sudden severe illness) it was not possible to engage the EGNRS-group to the task work in a role initially planned. This EGNRS group was engaged to discuss the results of the Task F in its regular meeting in May 2013. It was decided that the EGNRS may be used in any follow-up work as has been recommended.
Original idea was to prepare several scenarios to be used to identify the major gaps. However, early in the implementation phase it was decided to prepare one scenario, which would manifest complexities in conditions and circumstances that would put the vital functions of the society under severe pressure test.
After the kick-off meeting in Hamburg the generic macro-regional risk assessment focusing on nuclear and radiation safety was taken over and conducted under the Task C. Participation of Task C experts in Task F activity and coordination with Task C when the results are emerging was envisaged. – And, subsequently agreed upon in Project coordination meeting in Stockholm in early September 2013.
Further to that, the implementation process included coordination effort through expert participation in various Baltic Sea Regional venues taking place during the Project duration and addressing civil protection and security issues. Progress and results of the Task F were reported by the Finnish expert Pekka Visuri (the participation of the Task Leader was envisaged, however due to sickness this was not possible) in the following occasions:
Inter-Agency Meeting for Fact Finding and Cooperation Planning, Organized by the CBSS (Pekka Visuri) in cooperation with Hellenberg International, 4th October 2012, Viimisi Vald, ESTONIA
- During the meeting the tasks of the flagship project 14.3 were discussed. That discussion was concentrated mainly on the EUBSR 14.3 Task F (Nuclear safety risk scenarios and gaps in macroregional context) for which the Finnish agency STUK was prepared a scenario for stress tests.
2nd Feasibility Study Workshop, EUSBSR Priority Area 14, 7-8 November 2012, Helsinki, Aleksanteri Institute (Unioninkatu 33)
- The Nuclear Scenario generated within Task F was presented for the benefit of the Feasibility Study Workshop.
EGNRS Meeting in Hedehusene (Denmark) on 6-7 November 2012
- EGNRS was informed about the progress made in Task F area. The aim was to brief the experts about their role in the Study that is now underway. Due to unavailability of the Task F Leader this briefing could not take place. The experts of EGNRS were involved to appreciate the results and recommendations of the Study at latter date, in May 2013.
EUSBSR Flagship project 14.3, Task C – Macro-regional risk – Workshop in Riga December 4th & 5th, 2012
- The Nuclear Scenario and the results of the 1st workshop generated within Task F were presented for the benefit of the Task C – Macro-regional risk assessment work.
Seminar in learning of common risks to countries in BSR, in Kaliningrad, 10-12 December 2012
- The Nuclear Scenario generated within Task F was presented for the benefit of the common risk awareness. Further to that information was obtained about the risks and civil protection arrangements in various countries of the region. Particularly the presentation of the arrangements in the Kaliningrad region (Russia) contributed to the 2nd Workshop taking place in Helsinki in March 2013.