A new research study published in the Journal of Natural Hazards has shed light on the relationships between risk management, climate change adaptation, and spatial planning. The study aims to present evidence on how risks and their management are progressively integrated into national planning systems to reduce territorial vulnerability and costs related to natural hazard events in the European context. The research confirms that traditional disaster management is evolving towards Disaster Risk Management, considering that climate change modifies and increases threats. The study highlights the importance of proactive planning to reduce the consequences of natural disasters and the crucial role of planning in this regard. The resulting governance is more “functional” than “territorial,” allowing for further developments such as territorial and multi-risk perspective, partnerships and civil society participation, and soft versus traditional hard or engineering solutions.


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