Journal cover Journal topic
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
doi:10.5194/nhessd-3-429-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed
under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Research article
16 Jan 2015
Review status
A revision of this discussion paper for further review has not been submitted.
The development of mountain risk governance: challenges for application
S. Link1,2 and J. Stötter1,2 1Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck, Austria
2alpS Centre, Innsbruck, Austria
Abstract. The complexity the management of mountain risks in the Alps has considerably increased since its institutionalisation in the late nineteenth century. In the history of approaches to dealing with mountain risks four successive paradigms can be distinguished on the basis of key indicators such as guiding principles, characteristic elements and typical instruments: "hazard protection", "hazard management", "risk management", and "risk governance". In this contribution, special attention is paid to the development of hazard zone planning and the growing importance of communication and participation over the course of this transformation. At present, the risk management paradigm has reached maturity. In the Alps, risk governance frameworks are not yet applied to risks from natural hazards. Based on a historical analysis, the suitability and applicability of general risk governance frameworks in the context of mountain risks are discussed. Necessary adaptations (e.g., in administration, educational, and legal structures) are proposed for the upcoming transformation towards mountain risk governance.

Citation: Link, S. and Stötter, J.: The development of mountain risk governance: challenges for application, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 3, 429-455, doi:10.5194/nhessd-3-429-2015, 2015.
S. Link and J. Stötter
Interactive discussionStatus: closed (peer review stopped)
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
Printer-friendly Version - Printer-friendly version      Supplement - Supplement
 
RC C1: 'Nice work that needs some improvement', Anonymous Referee #1, 19 Jan 2015 Printer-friendly Version 
 
RC C666: 'C2: 'Overall nice contribution would like to see published after revision', Anonymous Referee #2', Anonymous Referee #2, 11 May 2015 Printer-friendly Version Supplement 
S. Link and J. Stötter
S. Link and J. Stötter

Viewed

Total article views: 511 (including HTML, PDF, and XML)

HTML PDF XML Total BibTeX EndNote
313 174 24 511 19 21

Views and downloads (calculated since 16 Jan 2015)

Cumulative views and downloads (calculated since 16 Jan 2015)

Saved

Discussed

Latest update: 25 Apr 2017
Publications Copernicus
Download
Short summary
The complexity the management of mountain risks in the Alps has considerably increased since the late nineteenth century. In history, four successive paradigms to dealing with mountain risks can be distinguished: “hazard protection”, “hazard management”, “risk management”, and “risk governance”. Based on a historical analysis, the suitability and applicability of general risk governance frameworks in the specific context of mountain risks are discussed and necessary adaptations are proposed.
The complexity the management of mountain risks in the Alps has considerably increased since the...
Share