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Work planned & main achievements

SCORCH will review existing EU heat plans and guidelines and review analyses regarding their impact and effectiveness. Furthermore, we will conduct surveys on risk perception and behaviour in urban communities. Based on these insights and lessons learned, we will adapt the existing plans and recommend innovative risk communication strategies for EU neighbourhood countries, in particular for Israel, Georgia and Tunisia.

Expected products include a detailed report consolidating the strengths and weaknesses of existing heat plans (supported by key informant interviews), survey reports on community perception of heat, and detailed risk communication strategies based on the two prior achievements.

Results & impacts

The expected outcome will be an effective, evidence-based and targeted communication plan on heat-related health for application in EU Neighbourhood countries, adaptable to country-specific circumstances.

Expected impacts:

  • reduction in morbidity, mortality and other adverse social effects of heat in the EU Neighbouring countries
  • strengthened community adaptation to adverse consequences of heatwaves
  • enhancement of cross-border and interservice cooperation for heat-related issues