Strategies and solutions for disaster risk reduction in the event of natural disasters were discussed with local experts in Iceland when ENHANCE project partners met for their annual meeting in Reykjavik from 8 to 10 June 2015.
Organised by the University of Iceland, the meeting contained plenary and group discussions as well as a study tour to the South-western part of Iceland, renowned for its breath-taking landscapes, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. At this occasion, these natural hazards were discussed in details with local specialist.
The field visit in Hveragerði, a town hit by an earth quake in May 2008 measuring 6,3 on the Richter Scale, set into perspective the perception and daily risks faced by the population living in a active seismic area. Disaster risk reduction strategies and solutions to cope with future natural events such as infrastructure, housing regulation and community recovery were explained and discussed with local experts.
A visit to the volcano Eyjafjallajökull was also amongst the highlights on the study tour. The volcano eruption grounded thousands of airplanes around Europe as its dark ash spread across the European and North American airspace in April 2010. This natural hazard was particularly discussed as it refers to one of the ENHANCE case studies – Air industry response to volcanic eruptions.
Topics including risk perception, risk analysis, economics instruments, identification of extreme risk scenario, as well as communications and outreach activities were explored in groups during the experts stay in Iceland. A detailed action plan was set in for the one and half year to come.
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