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  Information - NH9.10 Mountain Risks: integration of predictions, management and governance

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"Mountain-Risks" cover the complete chain of the 'living with risk' process: from natural hazard identification through quantitative risk assessment and risk management to the final socio-economic and political decision-making. The observed increase in disastrous events over the last decade, associated with a low perception of most natural risks by the communities involved, along with the lack of efficient, socially accepted and environmentally sound remedial measures are amongst the drivers behind mountain risks.

Communities in mountainous regions are exposed to several hazardous processes, including snow avalanches, floods, landslides, rockfalls and debris flows. The cost of such phenomena is, in the alpine area, assessed in more than 1 billion Euro per year. Hence, the adoption of a combined multirisk-oriented analysis, in which
investigations focus more on the interdependence of events rather than on single events, and
the potential economic damage of the events is considered,
is absolutely necessary. In addition, the effects of land use changes have to be taken into account not only within the risk analysis, but also in the planning strategies. Considering such challenges, it is important to continue to develop methods for assessing quantitative risk, as well as progress innovative research, knowledge sharing and education, which in turn provides support for practitioners to produce a comprehensive risk management and prevention policy.

These comprehensive issues are addressed by a multidisciplinary network and research group "Mountain-Risks". The objective of this Mountain Risks session is to discuss on-going and finished, multi-risk and multi-disciplinary research and/or example projects. The focus of the session can be both on multi-risks and on multi-disciplinary project experiences. Which strategies have been followed to stimulate the integration and collaboration of the involved disciplines? What clear benefits or drawbacks from the multi-disciplinary approach have been identified? How is cutting-edge research involved in the projects?

We invite leading projects to share their experience, but even so ask exemplar and more experimental projects to send in their abstracts and discuss their findings. Also conceptual and theoretical contributions are more than welcome. In order to keep the focus on the lessons-learnt from multi-risk and multi-disciplinary approaches, the contributions are asked to stress the integration and interactions between project parts (from technical to management to governance).

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