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Developing Regional Programmes and Collaborations for

Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience

Advisory and Technical Services

Critical Infrastructure

No single organization has all the necessary resources, relevant information and competence to cope with complex inbound and outbound interdependencies under different accident scenarios


Heat Wave



Cyber Attack


Main features of the Regional CIP-R Programmes

Regional CIP-R programmes are collaborative relationships built on:

  • Needs: Each member of a partnership has resources or support it needs from the partnership

  • Capabilities: Each member of the partnership brings its own unique set of capabilities that can be leveraged

  • Two‐way communication: Partners should communicate their needs as well as their capabilities to all members of the partnership

Regional CIP-R programme is a highly effective approach for dealing with CIP-R issues comprehensively

A region is an area that is recognized as such by its stakeholders.
Regions have established cultural characteristics, and are cemented by common social and economic activities; as such, they are restricted by geographic boundaries and tend to coincide with the service area of the infrastructures that serve them.

A region can be a:

  • Single or multi-jurisdiction area

  • Portion of a state / province

  • Big city

  • Cross-border (multi-national) region/territory

  • (Small) Country

Critical Infrastructure transport

"One size does not fit all"

The main benefits

Through Public-Private Collaborations (PPC) both government and the private sector can (FEMA, 2015):

  • Enhance situational awareness

  • Improve decision making

  • Access more resources

  • Expand reach and access for communication efforts

  • Improve coordination with other efforts by segments of the private sector

  • Increase the effectiveness of emergency management efforts

  • Maintain strong relationships, built on mutual understanding

  • Create more resilient communities

Critical Infrastructure Resilience Partnering
What we do and for whom?

We empower public and private organizations to work together to build resilient regions and communities able to persevere in the face of all-hazard events.

We work with the regional infrastructure stakeholders to improve disaster preparedness, protection, response, recovery and restoration (short and long-term) through regional CIP-R programmes and collaborations.

​The target audience includes:

  • National and Regional Governments

  • Infrastructure Operators

  • Responder organisations

Critical Infrastructre workshop
The team and the background expertise

Advisory and capacity building services for CIP-R programme development are led by a group of experts with a huge international experience. It is brought by the Critical Infrastructure Resilience International Network - CIRINT.NET

Our approach

CIP-R programme is developed through a comprehensive multi-step approach. Each element is delivered through a set of tools and methods – including workshops and exercises – tailored to address the specific needs and bring solutions for the existing resilience challenges.

Critical Infrastructure Resilience Programme Development
Critical Infrastructure table top exercise

There is a wide range of PPC forms, characterized by their objectives, models, organization, relationships, leadership, contracts, size, type of actors…

CIP-R Programme Development Overview

Our Advisory and Technical Service Portfolio

Advisory and guidance for the development of the CIP-R programme through the organisation of workshops, training sessions and table-top exercises, focused on:

  • CIP-R strategy definition - context factors,  needs and long-term goals

  • Engagement of Stakeholders - identify and involve regional stakeholders

  • Understanding of Interdependencies - Regional CI system description, characterisation of the environment,  relevant Hazards & Threats and inter(dependencies)  

  • Risk Mitigation -  strategies to reduce the risk impact severity and/or probability of occurrence supported by improved understanding of interdependencies and vulnerabilities

  • Improved Preparedness - a range of deliberate, critical tasks and activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the operational capability to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from incidents

  • Information Sharing and Collaboration - foster collaboration and establish trusted information-sharing among the stakeholders 

  • Building Resilience Capacities - improving capacities that influence the resilience of regional CI system (to its desired level) and implementing corresponding preparedness activities

Technical support on CIP-R assessment and improvement:

  • Vital Node Analysis - Dynamic Functional Modelling of vulnerability and inoperability of CI (DMCI) which enables system characterisation and identification of the most critical and sensitive infrastructure nodes

  • System resilience analysis and improvement - infrastructure system behaviour analysis through relevant scenarios simulation, testing of improvement strategies

  • Resilience Capacity Gap Analysis - mapping and assessment of the system capacities that determine system resilience (with the respect to the existing vulnerabilities) 

  • Business Continuity Management (BCM) for CIP-R - design of a collaborative BCM plan to ensure continued functioning of CI services in face of disasters or unpredictable events

  • Design and specifications for information sharing systems and IT solutions - development of an information-sharing platform, including Alert and Warning systems and Situational Awareness

CIP-R Programme Development Framework
Critical Infrastructure Resilience Building

The full CIP-R Programme development is organised in incremental steps. After the initial set-up and planning, the programme is built across the three main pillars - Regional Infrastructure System Analysis, Organisational Arrangements and Joint Planning and Investment.

CIP-R Programme re-evaluation, consolidation and maintenance (final phase) aims for further development by specific topics of interest.

Lombardy Critical Infrastructures

Lombardy Region, Italy (ongoing since 2011)

Basque Critical Infrastructures

Basque Region and Bilbao Municipality, Spain (2016)

Copenhagen Capital Region, Denmark (2014 – 2015)

Scotland Critical Infrastructure

Scottish Government, UK (2013 – 2015)

Kennemerland Safety Region, Netherlands (2013 – 2015)

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