NetRiskWork: Task E; Deliverable 16 - Forest risks in a climate change context. Trends and risk management challenges of wildfires, storms, avalanches, floods and their interactions in EU landscapes.

By Marcel_Guarque on

NET RISK WORK project has facilitated knowledge and lessons learned exchanges and networking around four main forest risks in Europe: wildfires, storms, avalanches, floods and their interactions as well. An integrative approach through common cross-sectoral topics of risk management strategies and observing all components of risk formula and risk cycle stages has been considered. This publication summarizes the main results achieved during the project, which is addressed to operational actors involved in forest risks management and Civil Protection.

Contents are organised in two Sections. The first one considers the main understandings and tools for risk assessment which the project is based on: risk definition; description of cross-sectoral components for an integrative approach and links with Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the RescEU initiative; fundamentals of risk awareness; best practices collected; a specific tool developed to analyse risks evolution in a climate change context and their interactions; the networking building experience through Risk nodes and the RiskPlatform tool and, finally; a Chapter on the risk management requirements from the Civil Protection perspective.

The second Section includes the most relevant aspects per each forest risk with regards to climate change tendencies and the risk management achievements and challenges, considering also potential forest risks interactions across Europe.

The final remarks are accompanied with references and three annexes about the best practices and relevant R+D projects on the issue collected, as well as the risk assessment tools developed. The document aims to provide ideas and guidance for all risk managers, when coping with future challenges of increasing forest landscapes resilience and Civil Protection. 

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