Mediterranean countries are subject to frequent and different natural catastrophes which pay a high toll in terms of economic loss and human life. Since some tens of years EU countries are trying to mitigate the effects of these events mainly by means of prevention. Scientific progress in natural risk assessment and mitigation has increased the capacity of public administration to cope with high risk deriving from volcanic and hydro-geological events, to use satellites for short term prediction of meteo rological events and floods, to work out, refine and enforce seismic EUROCODE 8. Several research project have been supported by EU Framework Programs. In all these cases risk assessment and managing have been approached individually for each risk typolog y and, often, differently even for a same typology in different countries. The consequence has been that the deliverables produced for different types of hazard are often not comparable and different deliverables for the same hazard types are produced i n different countries. The need of harmonisation of terms and procedures has been stressed out in different EU MEDIN and UN Workshops. The aim of this project is to contribute to harmonise the risk assessment procedures and indicate ways to quantitative evaluation of hazard and risk levels through a two years long programmed series of Workshops, seminars, meetings, formation and educational activities which involve scientists, administrators and insurance experts who have been actively working in risk a ssessment problems in the latest years. Regions of South Italy, Greece and France will be used as test cases. The project is divided into 4 WP, dealing with: (1) Dissemination, comparisons of results and harmonisation, (2) Risk evaluation for land, urba n planning and emergency management, (3) Formation and education (4) Publication of results.
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