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Knowledge-based approach to develop a cULTUre of Risk prevention

Knowledge-based approach to develop a cULTUre of Risk prevention

Objective

The extreme consequences of recent catastrophic events have highlighted that risk prevention still needs to be improved to reduce human losses and economic damages. The KULTURisk project aims at developing a culture of risk prevention by means of a comprehensive demonstration of the benefits of prevention measures. The development of a culture of risk prevention requires the improvement of our: a) memory and knowledge of past disasters; b) communication and understanding capacity of current and future hazards; c) awareness of risk and d) preparedness for future events. In order to demonstrate the advantages of prevention options, an original methodology will be developed, applied and validated using specific European case studies, including transboundary areas. The benefits of state-of-the-art prevention measures, such as early warning systems, non-structural options (e.g. mapping and planning), risk transfer strategies (e.g. insurance policy), and structural initiatives, will be demonstrated. In particular, the importance of homogenising criteria to create hazard inventories and build memory, efficient risk communication and warning methods as well as active dialogue with and between public and private stakeholders, will be highlighted. Furthermore, the outcomes of the project will be used to efficiently educate the public and train professionals in risk prevention. KULTURisk will first focus on water-related hazards as the likelihood and adverse impacts of water-related catastrophes might increase in the near future because of land-use and/or climate changes. In particular, a variety of case studies characterised by diverse socio-economic contexts, different types of water-related hazards (floods, debris flows and landslides, storm surges) and space-time scales will be utilised. Finally, the applicability of the KULTURisk approach to different types of natural hazards (e.g. earthquakes, forest fires) will also be analysed.

Coordinator

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO

Address

Place De Fontenoy 7
75352 Paris

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 599 332

Administrative Contact

Gaetano Casale (Mr.)

Participants (10)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BRESCIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 250 384

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR MEDIUM-RANGE WEATHER FORECASTS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 167 610

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 256 920

EIDGENOESSISCHE FORSCHUNGSANSTALT WSL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 283 146

CORILA - CONSORZIO PER IL COORDINAMENTO DELLE RICERCHE INERENTI AL SISTEMA LAGUNARE DI VENEZIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 518 709

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 247 758

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 333 392

AUTORITA DI BACINO DEI FIUMI ISONZO TAGLIAMENTO LIVENZA PIAVE BRENTA BACCHIGLIONE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 250 002

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 249 738

Willis Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 68 625

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265280

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 575 305,40

  • EU contribution

    € 3 225 616

Coordinated by:

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO

France