The connection between long-term and short-term risk management strategies:examples from land-use planning and emergency management in four European case studies

K. Prenger-Berninghoff, Vivian Juliette Cortes Arevalo, T. Sprague, Z.C. Aye, S. Greiving, W. Glowacki, S. Sterlacchini

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Abstract

Adaptation to complex and unforeseen events requires enhancing the links between planning and preparedness phases to reduce future risks in the most efficient way. In this context, the legal–administrative and cultural context has to be taken into account. This is why four case study areas of the CHANGES1 project (Nehoiu Valley in Romania, Ubaye Valley in France, Val Canale in Italy, and Wieprzówka catchment in Poland) serve as examples to highlight currently implemented risk management strategies for land-use planning and emergency preparedness. The focus is particularly on flood and landslide hazards. The strategies described in this paper were identified by means of exploratory and informal interviews in each study site. Results reveal that a dearth or, in very few cases, a weak link exists between spatial planners and emergency managers. Management strategies could benefit from formally intensifying coordination and cooperation between emergency services and spatial planning authorities. Moreover, limited financial funds urge for a more efficient use of resources and better coordination towards long-term activities. The research indicates potential benefits to establishing or, in some cases, strengthening this link through contextual changes, e.g., in organizational or administrative structures, that facilitate proper interaction between risk management and spatial planning. It also provides suggestions for further development in the form of information and decision support systems as a key connection point.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3137-3182
JournalNatural hazards and earth system sciences
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • METIS-314425
  • IR-104899

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