CHIOS’s Future Resilience Lab will focus on planning and developing a strategy to strengthen the ability to respond to crises that currently merge, as well as considering those that might need to be addressed in the future. This will be accomplished by considering multiple areas for action (social protection, community engagements, health provision, schooling, financial considerations and budgeting), contributing to strengthening the resilience of the administrations but also the society.
Chios is the 5th largest island in Greece, located in the North and East Aegean. Along with the smaller Islands Psara, Antipsara and Oinousses, Chios constitutes one of the Regional Units of the North Aegean Region. Chios has a rich natural and build environment, a large variety of agricultural products, including the famous Chios mastic, along with olive oil, figs, wine and citrus fruits. It has a long tradition in shipping and ship-owners.
Counting with an international airport and connection to main Greek ports, Chios has a notable tourism sector. It is characterised by a number of wonderful beaches, old stone-built mansions, Byzantine churches and villages on picturesque, located seaside and on the rocks of steep mountains.
As an insular landscape, Chios presents very specific demographic, economic, political and social characteristics. It is an interesting case as multiple crises overlap and impact the local communities. The pilot will work on complementary challenges:
- Cascade and multidimensional crisis. Chios became to the centre of attention during the 2015 migration and refugee crisis. A huge number of exhausted migrants reached the island by sea, having narrowly escaped drowning, including children and women, completely without any belongings. This crisis was followed by a humanitarian crisis, attracting the attention of International and Human Rights Organizations, the European Union, Governments, Local Governments, Non-Profit Organizations (NGO’s), the Church and citizens. This was a critical aspect added to the already unstable political and social environment in Greece due to the socioeconomic crisis since 2008. The continuous state of crisis hitting increased the pressure on the local communities to address these complex and multi-dimensional challenges.
- The implementation of environmentally sustainable policies is relevant to building resilience for Chios and the insular Greek area. These policies should be supported by reliable data. Thus, it is essential to collect data concerning the well-being, equality and social cohesion of the region, evaluate to what extent the economic, social and environmental sustainability is affected and identify good practices that serve as basis for appropriate policy design.
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