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Safeland

Safeland: Living with landslide risk in Europe

Assessment, effects of global environmental change and risk management strategies.

Funded by the European Union, EU, FP7 Grant agreement No. 226479, £160K to King’s, 2009-2011.

Researchers at King’s: Dr. Mark Pelling, Professor David Demeritt

Background and focus of research

Safeland will develop generic quantitative risk assessment and management tools and strategies for landslides at local, regional, European and societal scales, and establish the baseline for the risk associated with landslides in Europe, to improve our ability to forecast landslide hazard and detect hazard and risk zones. Safeland will be completed through eight workpackages. King’s primary contribution is to Workpackage 5, which will provide a toolkit of risk mitigation strategies and guidelines for choosing the most appropriate risk management strategy. This task will develop detailed case studies of the influence of political culture, organizational structures and economic context on implementation of landslide risk management tools. Scoping studies will document the risks and the political history, legal frameworks, policy issues, institutional geography and views of stakeholders on current and future risks. A common methodology and a synthesis report will allow comparative analysis. Case studies will focus on "hotspots" cases in five countries, provisionally: Austria (Sibratsgfäll), Norway (Aaknes), Italy (Campania), Romania (Telega in Prahova County) and India (Nanital). The methodology will include desk-based studies (published and grey material, media) and stakeholder interviews, structured through workshops to define common methodology as well as to compare and present findings.

For more information please see theproject website.
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