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Natural risk and civil protection

The proceedings of an International Conference on Natural Risk and Civil Protection, organized by the European Commission in October 1993, have recently been published. The conference, sometimes referred to as the Belgirate conference, was organized by the Institute for System...
The proceedings of an International Conference on Natural Risk and Civil Protection, organized by the European Commission in October 1993, have recently been published. The conference, sometimes referred to as the Belgirate conference, was organized by the Institute for Systems Engineering (Joint Research Centre) in collaboration with DG XI (Civil Protection Unit) and DG XII (Climate and Natural Risks).

In holding the conference, the organizers consciously attempted to encourage informed dialogue, not only across countries but also across disciplines and professional boundaries. Natural scientists, social scientists, consultants, risk analysts, national and local government administrators and emergency management personnel all conceptualize the problems of civil protection in rather different ways. The conference was probably the first to attempt to integrate these varied sources of knowledge and action.

The conference proceedings, therefore, represent a valuable reference work on the "state of the art" of natural hazard science. It also contains much of the current wisdom of the emerging "science" of civil protection. Topics covered in the proceedings include:

- Prospects for a coherent approach to civil protection in Europe: Rapporteur-General's observations;
- Natural hazards;
- Key themes in civil protection;
- The way forward: The role of information and priorities for future research and development.
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