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Perception of risk for natural hazards in Campania Region (Southern Italy)

Source(s):  Elsevier

As far as the European continent, Region Campania in Southern Italy presents an almost unique combination - in terms of both variety and intensity-of potential risks for the residents: this densely populated area is actually most notably exposed to hydrogeological (flood and landslides), seismic, volcanic hazards In such a setting, alongside with an up-to-date scientific approach to risks analysis and the constant update of emergency plans, it is of paramount importance that a “risk awareness culture” should be developed by the residents. In order to maximize the effectiveness of the communication campaigns to support and improve such a culture, a study of risk perception has been carried out in 12 municipalities and 2 territorial unions of Campania Region. Different areas have been examined, the overall exposure of each almost always being characterised by a prevalent specific risk: seismic, volcanic, hydrogeological. The results of this surveys show that the historical memory has a crucial role on the hazards perception. It's also worth of noting that few communities consider that they have been sufficiently well-informed by civil protection agencies and/or authorities about the natural hazards specific to their area and the practical procedures for evacuation. To overcome these deficiencies emergency plans should be designed, developed and practised through the collaboration of all key stakeholders, from civil protection authorities to the residents communities.

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  • Perception of risk for natural hazards in Campania Region (Southern Italy)
  • Publication date 2019
  • Author(s) Avvisati, Gala; Bellucci Sessa, Eliana; Colucci, Orazio et al.
  • Number of pages 17 p.

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