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Energy, environment and sustainable development
     
   

The fight against major natural and technological hazards

By understanding the mechanics of major hazards, Member States can be better prepared to manage them.

 
   

Although improved forecasting techniques can now give a degree of advanced warning about impending natural disasters, our knowledge of the mechanisms and events generating natural and technological hazards must be significantly improved. The aim is to develop technologies and methods for environmental impact assessment, risk forecasting, prevention, evaluation and mitigation.

R&D priorities will focus on the following key areas:

  • analysis of factors increasing the level of natural risks;
  • methods, models and tools for hazard vulnerability and risk assessment;
  • effective tools and methods for information management;
  • innovative methods and technologies to combat disasters and alleviate their consequences;
  • improvement of the operational safety of hazardous installations.
       
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