A European Forest Risk Facility represents networking platform and acts as an unbiased and neutral player for facilitating cooperation and exchange between existing communities that address or are affected by disturbances and risks to European forests. It thus needs a defined complementary role and an added value for the risk community:
A European Forest Risk Facility facilitates cooperation and exchange as an unbiased and neutral platform between existing communities that address or are affected by disturbances and risks to European forests.
The RiskPlatform is a web-based and mobile application tool to “connect-collect-exchange” within the vision of the European Forest Risk Facility: Increase the resilience of European forests and related landscapes towards future global change impacts, promote prevention and intelligent risk and crisis management.
On the RiskPlatform users can describe their professional profile and expertise. They can upload useful so called “use cases” (case studies, videos, reports, articles, statements, interviews, pictures. WWW links to other sources of information…) of forest risk management and mitigation from various regions and disturbances. The use cases can be “tagged” with key words to make orientation and added value of the cases useful. Users can link and discuss with other users and share knowledge and expertise from scientific literature to operational practical information, information on training and capacity building needs. Assistance and support can be facilitated easier when actors / users have mutual relationships and know each other at least via the RiskPlatform. The Exchange of Experts (EoE Forest), a valuable tool of the Risk Facility, can be planned, documented and applied for using the RiskPlatform.
The platform should develop into a one-stop-shop hub where all landscape risk and disturbance information can be found or accessed, not only for academic users but for all risk managers.
It can be used on a computer and a smartphone or tablet to make it user-friendly and applicable for every day. All regional Risk Facility nodes as well as the Risk Facility secretariat are available to assist users and to feed information into the platform.