Natural hazards: Dossiers

A collective contribution to protecting the population against avalanches

30.11.2018 - As an Alpine country, Switzerland has faced the threat of avalanches for centuries. UNESCO has added Switzerland and Austria's management of this natural hazard to its Intangible World Cultural Heritage List. But what is the role of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) in avalanche protection? What is its contribution to this cultural heritage, namely to managing avalanches in order to ensure the safety of the population? And what is the impact of climate warming? Paul Steffen, vice director of the FOEN, answers these questions.

Living with Natural Hazards - Magazine «environment» 2/2015

Lessons from the floods of 2005 > There’s a limit to what flood protective structures can do > Avoiding hazard zones > Knowledge creates safety > There will definitely be another earthquake

«Disaster Risk Reduction is an important pillar of sustainable development»

09.03.2015 – The Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) will be held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. The FOEN’s Vice Director, Josef Hess, is participating in this disaster risk reduction conference. Prior to his departure, Mr. Hess shared his views on several issues.

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