Multiple Hazards in Switzerland

Case Study 3 Multiple Hazards in South Tyrol, Italy & Grisons, Switzerland

The case study addresses the specific situation of alpine areas where communities and valleys are typically prone to a range of natural hazards (avalanches, debris flows, landslides, rockfalls) at the same time (multi-hazard setting).

Based on previous research in the area, emBRACE will test methods to assess and model resilience in this specific alpine context. In particular, this case study is expected to focus on assessing resilience at the municipality/community and provincial/cantonal level with respect to multiple hazards (e.g. precautionary measures, multi-hazard maps, contingency plans for cascading hazards, economic effects) and on assessing

capacities needed to cope with the multiple socio-economic impacts of cascading hazards. In the Swiss part, the assessment of community and cantonal resilience will include the assessment of respective policies, capacities and social learning among actors (Task 4.4). Protective, preventive, adaptive and transformative social protection measures, which have potential for disaster risk reduction and increasing adaptive capacity, will be identified. In the Italian part, it is expected that socio-ecological modeling for better risk management will be performed (task 4.5).

The main case study report was submitted to the EU on 31st Mar 2015 and is downloadable here: