Eurac Research is pleased to announce the launch of the policy paper, “Beyond the Expected: Dealing with Cases of Overload and the Residual Risk of Natural Hazards in the Alpine Region”. The policy paper is the result of a one-year study carried out by Eurac Research and supported by the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) Action Group 8. The study investigated the concepts of residual risk and cases of overload and their current consideration in Alpine risk governance of natural hazards.
“Residual risk” is considered to be the risk of loss and damages from a natural hazard that remains even after the implementation of protection measures. Cases of overload refer to events that exceed the capacities of existing protection measures and that have the potential to cause damage to people and goods. Despite significant investments in protection measures against natural hazards in recent years, natural hazard events still cause heavy damage in the Alpine Region. According to many experts, these destructive natural hazard events are likely to increase in the future.
The 12-page policy-paper, available in English and in German, aims to raise awareness of residual risk and cases of overload in the context of natural hazards in the Alps. It informs decision-makers and the general public about concepts related to these terms and highlights their importance to risk governance in the Alpine region. Moreover, nine concrete recommendations and related good practice examples offer ideas for future activities that could help improve risk governance of natural hazards in Alpine countries.
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