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Good practices from an intermediate government. RISK CAT : Reflections on Natural Hazards in Catalonia. Joan Manuel Vilaplana & Blanca Payàs Universitat de Barcelona. Snow avalanches. R. Copons. The last decade in Catalonia. Population. Landslides&rockfalls. R. Copons. Urbanisation.

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Good practices from an

intermediate government

RISKCAT: Reflections on Natural Hazards in Catalonia

Joan Manuel Vilaplana & Blanca Payàs

Universitat de Barcelona

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Snow avalanches.

R. Copons

The last decade in Catalonia

Population

Landslides&rockfalls.

R. Copons

Urbanisation

Value of buildings and property

Subsidences&collapses.

R. Copons

Natural hazards: an increasing reality

Average cost: 100.000.000 €/y.

Coastal phenomena.

J.Guillén

Average number of victims: 7/y.

Floods.

J. Escuer

RISKCAT project:

Analyses the capability to manage certain natural hazards in Catalonia.

Earthquakes.

MJ. Jimènez & M. García

Volcanos.

J. Martí

Land use - Phenomena

Legislation.

E.Ribot

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What is considered in each phenomenon?

1- Definition and significance in Catalonia

Historical events

Estimated recurrences

Estimated impact: qualitative & quantitative

Estimated risk in the territory

2- Catalogue initiatives to characterise, assess and predict risk

  • 3- Assessment of the current state of knowledge and actions
  • Main actors involved
    • Evaluation of knowledge of risk
    • Evaluation of risk management
    • Strengths / Weaknesses

4- Recommendations

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RISKCAT

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LESSONS LEARNED
  • Good level of scientific and technical knowledge is not always translated into management actions
  • Lack of documentation on past disasters (base & historical data)
  • Lack of indicators that enable us to verify performance
  • Need for substantial improvement in implementation of emergency plans at municipal level
  • Need for coordination in technical methodologies, mitigation actions and in land planning
  • The fact that the regulations are fragmented and dispersed in different areas of the law can, occasionally, result in their non compliance

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RISKCAT

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CHALLENGES FOR AN INTERMEDIATE GOVERNMENT
  • Give priority to prevention strategies
  • Ensure a suitable coordination of the main actors (public entities) engaged in risk management: Civil Protection, Geological Service (IGC), Water Management Agency (ACA)
  • Ensure in the short term the implementation of official hazard maps and guidelines for land planning
  • Promote a special Plan of Protection in exposed areas where urbanization is consolidated
  • Give priority to education and communication to raise risk awareness in the population

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RISKCAT