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Projects on transnational networking in the area of natural hazards

AdaptAlp, a recently launched EU project, looks at climate response measures and the evaluation of natural hazards. The work on strategies and proposed solutions aimed at coping with the impact of climate change is to provide the basis for more intensive international co-operation in natural hazard management.
AdaptAlp is to run for a term of three years and involves partners from Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, France and Slovenia.
Improved transnational networking, this time in the area of safety and civil protection, is provided by a new internet platform which was recently presented at the meeting of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alpenländer (ARGE ALP) marking the completion of its project on a joint geo-data association. With the aid of GIS, or a Geographical Information System, valuable data can be retrieved quickly in an emergency and forwarded area-wide, bypassing complicated red tape. The new internet platform is to be tested in practice in the spring of 2009 using a cross-border catastrophe scenario.
Sources and information: www.alpine-space.eu (en), www.provinz.bz.it/lpa/285.asp?art=265834 (de/it), http://presse.vorarlberg.at/land/dist/vlk (de), www.argealp.org (de/it)