Task F- Presentation of the technical results and deliverables

Task F- Presentation of the technical results and deliverables

The deliverables of the project were:

A general macro-regional risk assessment focusing on nuclear and radiation safety

The risk assessment part of the study was transferred to Task C which’s aim was to build up a macro-regional risk approach.

 A set of scenarios to test the prevention status, cascading effects and to identify obvious gaps

Task F prepared a reference scenario which was used when identifying gaps in the present prevention, emergency preparedness procedures of Finland (and also of the different Baltic Sea countries). The scenario was constructed in such a way that also other Baltic Sea countries could use it with modifications so as to take into account also the country-specific risks when identifying possible gaps.

In more detail the reference scenario is presented in the study report.

A macro regional strategy (recommendations) for enhancing prevention methodologies and filling in the gaps

Several recommendations to enhance prevention methodologies and to be able to fill the gaps were made. The most important of the recommendations is that a BSR programme to determine the state-level gaps should be initiated. The work can be coordinated with the threat and risk assessment work. The undertaking should be facilitated by the CBSS expert team.

The recommendations presented in the study report, include:

  • A BSR programme to determine the state-level gaps should be initiated. The work can be coordinated with the threat and risk assessment work. The undertaking should be facilitated by the CBSS expert team. The results should be at hand in one year after inception.
  •  A BSR Regional workshop on the strategy to cope with the major disaster in the area should be subsequently conducted. The results of the State-level determinations would provide the basis for the considerations. The workshop is expected to make recommendations for the action to be taken to enhance the capability and to ensure the efficient use of all resources available in the BSR.
  •  Information and communication technology tools should be made available to enable efficient communication and collaboration at the regional level. Pilot applications should be developed and tested. The results should preferably be available for the BSR Workshop identified above under point 2.
In order to support the above mentioned major undertakings, the following tasks/projects should be initiated and undertaken without delay:
  • A study on existing practices, approaches, measures, resources and tools available in the Baltic Sea Region countries for maintaining the situation picture.
  • A study on existing informal arrangements to cope with various cross border situations calling for support from the neighbouring country or countries.
  • Exercises to test such cross border arrangements that are generally considered to represent good practice.
  • The network of competencies needs to be established. Potential platforms and tools for the network need to be identified and demonstrated.
  • Complexity associated with a potential major macro-regional disaster calls for networks of experts that are maintaining the situational awareness and are able to integrate information from different “sectors”.
  • A focused study on existing operative concepts and technical capabilities available to support the creation of real-time knowledge for the management to provide expert support for field operations and for polito-strategic decision-making.
  • It is suggested to identify examples of national approaches and systems aimed at efficient prevention. Lithuania and Finland could possibly provide two examples. An innovative workshop should be organized to characterize the reference approach and system.