- 11th June 2021
- Posted by: Dom Senior
- Category: Projects
Location: Europe Client: European Investment Bank
Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (JASPERS) is a partnership between the European Commission, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau. It is a technical assistance facility for the twelve EU countries which joined the EU in 2004 and 2007. It provides the Member States concerned with the support they need to prepare high quality major projects, which will be co-financed by EU funds.
The 2014-2020 Structural Funds programme included a requirement for all infrastructure projects with a value of over €100m (€50m for transport projects) to be resilient to climate and disaster risks. All Member States were also required to have a National Risk Assessment in place.
We were commissioned by the EIB to provide capacity building support to JASPERS and individual Member States to enable the provision of consistent and robust advice concerning climate change adaptation and disaster risk management.
The project involved capacity building workshops with JASPERS staff training on climate change adaptation and disaster risk management issues and requirements, the production of climate change risk assessment and adaptation guidance to be used in the development of major projects, and support and advice on the development of national risk assessments.
We also provided ad hoc support to Member State governments and project developers in Bulgaria, Croatia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia on a range of projects including flood risk emergency planning, water supply and waste water treatment facilities, wetland restoration, the removal of land mines and natural flood management opportunities.
The assignment supported both JASPERS staff and project developers (Member State Government departments and national agencies) to enhance their understanding of climate change risk assessment and adaptation and ultimately the climate resilience of projects seeking funding support. The guidance produced through the project was used extensively and we also gave a presentation on the lessons learned at a JASPERS Networking Platform Seminar in June 2017.