8th partner meeting in Graz, Austria

3rd and 4th December in Graz, Austria

On 3rd and 4th December, RAINMAN partner “Office of the Styrian Government” welcomed more than 50 participants in the beautiful city of Graz. This time not only the partnership but also adivsory board members and external guest from Austria came together to discuss a draft RAINMAN-Toolbox. It was the first time parts of the toolbox were presented to potential users and the RAINMAN partners were looking forward receiving feedback.

The meeting was opended by welcoming words of DI Johann Wiedner, Head of the Department 14 Water Management, Resources and Sustainability of the Styrian Government, as well as by representatives of the City of Graz and the Styrian Government.

In the following RAINMAN partners presented drafts of four parts of the toolbox: the three tools “assessment and mapping”, “risk reduction measures” and “risk communication” as well as a section in which the pilot examples with the responding activities are displayed. Expecially the advisory board but also all other external guests were asked to critically review and comment the draft toolbox regarding the design, layout and on the contents included. It was especially intensively discussed which results are useful for toolbox users and have to be a central part of the tools. The feedback was further discussed in smaller working groups at “test stations” of the aforementioned parts of the toolbox to find solutions for the given comments. The fruitful discussions and advices provided very valuable support for the whole project and will help the partnership to further improve the toolbox.

More contents of the toolbox and activities of the partnership were part of the following internal partnership meeting. The partners reported on the progress of the different work packages and agreed on the next steps and deadlines for finalising the toolbox inputs. These will be implemented in the toolbox until the next working group meeting.


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