Gorizia is an Italian town located in the north-eastern Region of Italy (Friuli Venezia Giulia), at the border with the Republic of Slovenia, with a population of a little over 34.000 intensely engaged in cross-border cooperation and focused on building community resilience. The Municipality of Gorizia is part of a cross-border area composed of 3 communities: Gorizia (ITA), Nova Gorica and Šempeter-Vrtojba (SLO).

The pandemic has shown that building resilience is key to more sustainable and prepared communities. In this framework, the local community of Gorizia has created a Local Resilience Team (LRT), an informal group of diverse local stakeholders (civil society organisations representatives, experts, private citizens, local authorities representatives, among others), with the aim of engaging citizens in building new and more inclusive resilience strategies and raising awareness on risk and resilience-related challenges among the community.

Thanks to the close collaboration of ISIG – Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia and the Municipality of Gorizia, together with the Civil Protection Service, Gorizia has witnessed that community resilience can only be built through the close cooperation of local communities, local authorities and experts. The Local Resilience Team (LRT), marks the beginning of a journey that is intended to outlive the project itself, and the participatory approach implemented in this process assures a higher level of social and political sustainability of the decisions taken by the LRT.

The LRT of Gorizia is composed by different stakeholders clustered around four main areas of activity and intervention:

  • technical cluster
  • cultural cluster
  • social cluster
  • youth cluster

Local Resilience Team (LRT) played a fundamental role for the Gorizia Trial preparation, execution, and validation activities, seeking to assess local resilience in Gorizia and carrying out awareness raising activities on resilience.

The strong participation of local stakeholders active on diversity and inclusion issues, enabled the Community of Gorizia to identify and focus on community-specific «vulnerabilities» which were not previously considered in emergency planning.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 833671.

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