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Lessons learnt from landslide disasters in Europe

Project ID: 1964
Funded under: FP5-JRC


Landslides are a widespread hazard in many mountainous and hilly regions of Europe. They cause significant economic losses as well as human victims. The socio-economic impact of landslides is however difficult to quantify at European scale, mainly because it is usually not considered separately when landslides accompany other natural hazards such as floods or earthquakes. This fact often decreases both authorities' and people's awareness of landslide risk.

In order to get a better understanding of landslide disaster management practices in Europe, the NEDIES Project (Natural and Environmental Disaster Information Exchange System) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) organised a workshop on 14-15 March 2002 at Ispra, Italy. Representatives from civil protection services from various EU Member States and Accession Countries contributed to the workshop and to subsequent discussions with information on lessons learnt from a number of landslide disasters recently occurred in their countries. In some cases, an overview of the overall situation or of specific aspects of landslide management in some countries was provided.

This report thus describes some recent catastrophic landslides in Europe, their causes and consequences. It especially discusses lessons learnt from the prevention and preparedness measures adopted, the response actions carried out, the dissemination of information to the public and the socio-economic implications in connection with the portrayed disasters.

Additional information

Authors: HERVÁS J (EDITOR), European Commission. Joint Research Council. Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20558 EN (2003), 91pp. Free of charge Available online from the NEDIES website at: -
Availability: Printed copies available from European Commission, JRC Information & Public Relations Unit: Brussels (BE) Fax: +32-2-2996322 E-mail: and Ispra (IT) Fax: +39-0332-785409 E-mail:
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