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Aspects of Integral Risk Management in Practice – Considerations with Respect to Mountain Hazards in Switzerland


Österreichische Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaft catalog 3-4 March/April 2004. 56. Jhg (43-50)

All types of planning that involve land use (e.g. settlements, industry, roads and other Infrastructure) should not only evaluate the potential for use provided by the environment but also the potential for dangers and risks originating from the environment. In focusing on natural risks, an ideal procedure starts with comprehensive risk assessment, including risk analysis and risk valuation. on the basis of which preventive and mitigation measures, Including preparation for disaster event management, must be carried out. In the case of an emergency or disaster the intervention services have to cope with the event and to start restoration afterwards. In the subsequent phase of regeneration the primary goal of reconstruction must unquestionably be accompanied by efforts to learn from recent experience and by optimization of risk prevention. This makes it possible to "raise each procedure to a higher level of performance", turning the risk management cycle into an ascendant risk management spiral. All these activities require good coordination between the various players, participants and stakeholders involved, making communication and information a key factor in every phase.