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Water, oxygen, light, life, ... the Earth gave us all of this. However, the delicate balances that make our planet habitable can sometimes be upset with - particularly destructive results. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, storms, tidal waves, floods or fires: when nature unleashes itself, it strikes where and when it decides. Nowhere is spared - not even Europe, despite its favourable climatic and geographic conditions. All too often, natural disasters strike without warning. They can cause devastation: in loss of human life and environmental damage, as well as in economic terms.
There is no doubt that man will never be able to prevent these occurrences entirely. However, we are able to gain a better understanding of the complex mechanisms behind the disasters and therefore predict them more accurately and limit the damage they cause.
To do this, we must use all our creative skills and energy. That is why the European Union provides financial support for dozens of research projects in this important area. These pilot projects are based on close cooperation between the Member States, bringing together experts from the different scientific disciplines. They also involve representatives from different levels including economic interests and political decision-makers. Confronted with the threat of natural disasters, we must marshal all our resources. Europe is doing just that.
 
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