Evaluating the benefits of risk prevention

posted 10 Jan 2014, 13:51 by Leonardo Alfonso   [ updated 14 Jan 2014, 03:48 ]

The KULTURISK project developed a comprehensive assessment methodology of the tangible and intangible values (e.g. cultural heritage) involved in risk evaluation, proposing three key innovations: to include social capacities of reducing risk, to go beyond the estimation of direct tangible costs, and to provide an operational solution to assess risks, impacts and benefits of risk reduction measures (presented by: Pierpaolo Campostrini at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, Switzerland, May 2013)

Evaluating the benefits of risk prevention

Educational material in flood modelling

posted 2 Dec 2013, 07:54 by Leonardo Alfonso   [ updated 23 Jan 2014, 07:57 ]

A series of computer-based exercises are available to download, designed for independent learning. They have been written as part of the KULTURisk project, by our partner Bristol University. Aimed at undergraduate level and above, they introduce users to numerical flood modelling using both hypothetical and real-life data, and then use the results to create risk maps, estimate uncertainty and look at flood prevention measures.

Material is available to download at the School of Geographical Sciences

Presentations of the 3rd KULTURisk workshop

posted 21 Nov 2013, 04:17 by Leonardo Alfonso   [ updated 21 Nov 2013, 04:27 ]

We are happy to announce that the presentations given at the 3rd KULTURisk workshop are available online. 
This workshop, organised by our partner CORILA, was entitled 'Benefits of disaster prevention measures: consolidating and widening an innovative risk assessment methodology', and it was held in Venice, from 19 to 20 September 2013.

The presentations can be found in the CORILA website.

KULTURisk project at the OECD High Level Risk Forum

posted 26 Sept 2013, 02:23 by Leonardo Alfonso   [ updated 21 Nov 2013, 04:12 ]

On 12 September 2013 the insights of the KULTURisk project was presented at the Introductory Session of the Expert Meeting on Risk Prevention and Mitigation: Governing Effective Prevention and Mitigation of Disruptive Shocks, held at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris. After a welcoming address by Mr. Mario Marcel, deputy director of Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate of the OECD, and an overview of the objectives of the expert meeting by Cathérine Gamper (PGTDD), Leonardo Alfonso, co-Manager of the KULTURisk Project, made the kick-off presentation entitled: "Why prevention pays", which formally opened the discussion sessions. These discussions included the topics of risk prevention and mitigation in times of fiscal constraints, engagement of the private sector in risk prevention and mitigation, the roles of sub-national governments in risk prevention and mitigation as well as the role of international collaboration. The expert meeting lasted two days and counted with the participation of 21 expert panelist from the OECD members.

Presentations and summary of the expert meeting can be found at the OECD - Risk Management website.

3rd KULTURisk workshop, registration open

posted 17 Jun 2013, 01:21 by Leonardo Alfonso   [ updated 10 Sept 2013, 06:48 ]

Final Information: Agenda and How to get  
We are pleased to announce the 3rd KULTURisk workshop entitled 'Benefits of disaster prevention measures: consolidating and widening an innovative risk assessment methodology', which will be held in Venice, Italy, on 19-20 September 2013.

Aim of the workshop
Effective strategies and plans of Disaster Risk Reduction are built on a good understanding about the risks a community is facing. This understanding can only be achieved through a Risk Assessments methodology that considers the multi-faceted physical/environmental, social and economic aspects. The KULTURisk project aims at supporting the spreading of a culture of prevention, by offering the
possibility to evaluate the actual economic, environmental, cultural and social benefits of different risk reduction measures. This evaluation is carried out with the use of a comprehensive risk assessment methodology. The KULTURisk methodology has been developed and validated on water-related hazards (i.e. floods, debris flows and landslides, storm surges), in different European case studies and with different receptors/elements at risk (i.e. people, economic activities, cultural heritage, natural and semi-natural systems). One objective of the project is to generalize this methodology and explore the applicability of the KULTURisk approach to different types of natural hazards, like earthquakes, forest fires, etc. The aim of the two days workshop is to present the Risk Assessment methodology developed by KULTURisk and to discuss it with the main national and European stakeholders and experts of different natural hazards.

The workshop will be articulated into three main sessions:

1. Towards a new culture of prevention: from international DRR strategies to local implementation
2. KULTURisk methodology for assessing the benefits of prevention measures
3. From water-related hazards to other natural hazards

The final programme will be available soon in:
The event is open to both members and non members of the projects. The participation is free, after
registration approval. Deadline for the registration is the 2nd Sept 2013.

Registration link:
For further information :

KULTURisk at the Global Platform for disaster Risk Reduction

posted 14 May 2013, 00:44 by Leonardo Alfonso

The Global Platform for Disaster Reduction is a biennial forum for information exchange, discussion and partnership building across sectors, to improve implementation of disaster risk reduction. This year it will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 19-23 May 2013. Pierpaolo Campostrini, managing Director of CORILA, will introduce the methodology developed within the KULTURisk project. Click here for more information.

KULTURisk SUMMER SCHOOL - Flood risk reduction: perception, communication, governance

posted 3 Apr 2013, 05:34 by Leonardo Alfonso   [ updated 14 Jan 2014, 00:55 ]

9-12 September 2013 at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft The Netherlands
This Summer School will introduce various approaches to risk prevention and management and highlight the importance of measures, risk perception and communication to risk governance and the existing international initiatives and policies in disaster risk reduction. These concepts will be analysed in the context of water-related hazards such as floods and landslides occurring in coastal areas, mountainous catchments, transboundary large rivers and urban settings, with the understanding that given the multi-hazard approach required in disaster risk reduction, they may be applicable to other natural hazards. 

Learning objectives 
Upon completion of the summer school, the participants will be able to: 
  • identify the main components of risk reduction 
  • identify different risk reduction measures and understand their advantages and disadvantages 
  • analyse the implications of risk perception of different stakeholders 
  • explain the meaning and purpose of risk communication 
Target group

The course is designed for current and future water managers, decision-makers and others involved in the management of water-related disasters. Participants need to have a bachelor degree in a relevant subject (i.e. engineering, economics, and social sciences) and preferably several years of relevant working experience.

Course content 
  • Introduction to risk prevention and risk reduction; terminology of disaster risk management 
  • International policies in disaster risk reduction 
  • Governance of risk 
  • Structural protection measures 
  • Early warning and preparedness 
  • Assessments, mapping, planning and risk transfer 
  • Risk perception and communication: importance, assessment, challenges 
Prof. David Demeritt (King’s College, London) 
Dr. Matthias Buchecker (Swiss Federal Research Institute, Zurich) 
Dr. Sálvano Briceño (ICSU/IRDR, retired, UNISDR) 
Dr. Giuliano Di Baldassarre (UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft)

Registration Fee
Before (including) 30 May 2013:               €200*
After 30 May 2013:                                  €250*
Deadline for registration: 31st July 2013
*includes registration, material, lunch, coffee 
Note: accommodation, transportation and other meals are not included

Payment methods
  • Bank transfer:
Account Number
IBAN: NL54ABNA0516820923

  • In cash upon arrival (€250)

Application procedure 
- Complete application form below
- Participants will be contacted and be informed about payment procedure
- Maximum number of places: 25 

KULTURisk Web-Based Platform (KWBP)

posted 25 Feb 2013, 04:05 by Leonardo Alfonso   [ updated 26 Feb 2013, 14:04 ]

We are pleased to launch the KULTURisk knowledge platform, which was created to accumulate, classify, and relate links to various knowledge items about risk prevention/reduction and making them accessible, searchable and transferable. Check it out at

How to evaluate the benefits of risk prevention?

posted 4 Feb 2013, 00:22 by Leonardo Alfonso   [ updated 4 Feb 2013, 00:37 ]

We are pleased to announce that the deliverable 1.6 - The KULTURisk Framework (KR-FWK) is now of public access. KR-FWK is a conceptual framework integrating different disciplines that provide the basis for the development of a methodology to comprehensively evaluate the benefits of risk prevention. 

Two main innovations are proposed with regards to the state of the art: (1) to include the social capacities of reducing risk, and (2) to define a measure of risk that goes beyond the direct tangible costs.

KR-FWK (simplified version)

This interesting report can be downloaded here.

Inspiring KULTURisk presentations at EGU Leonardo Conference

posted 26 Nov 2012, 04:50 by Leonardo Alfonso   [ updated 26 Nov 2012, 04:54 ]

On 14th-16 th November 2012, the EGU Leonardo Conference was held, this time in Turin (Italy). The topic of the conference was Hydrology and Society, Connections between Hydrology, Population dynamics, Policy making and Hydro-Power Generation.
The KULTURisk project was directly involved in the co-organisation of the session "Governance of Water-related Risks". In addition, six oral presentations and eight poster presentations (related to KULTURisk) were made at the conference; available at  (
Immediately after the conference, a KULTURisk progress meeting was held and the status of the case studies were presented. Furthermore, the KULTURisk  risk assessment methodology  was introduced and discussed.

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