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Ecosystem Risk: 2010 Italy's results

December 21, 2011

Survey results presented by Legambiente with the collaboration of the Civil Protection Department 

Results of "Ecosystem Risk 2011" were presented this morning in Rome. The survey was conducted by Legambiente with the collaboration of the Civil Protection Department and monitored prevention activities carried out by over 1,500 municipalities out of 6,633 Italian municipalities that lie in areas exposed at hydrogeological risk.

The weakness is worsened by the presence of homes built in high risk areas in 85% of the municipalities.The survey - released today in Rome by the Head of the Civil Protection Department, Franco Gabrielli, the director of Legambiente, Rossella Muroni and the head of civil protection Legambiente, Simone Andreotti.

Out of 1,500 municipalities interviewed by “Ecosystem risk 2011”, 743 municipalities (56%) declare industrial buildings in areas exposed at landslide risk, 403 (31%) entire neighbourhoods, 257 (20%) public structures such as schools and hospitals, and 339 (26%) touristic and commercial structures.

Peveragno, in the province of Cuneo, Endine Gaiano in the province of Bergamo and Senigallia in the province of Ancona are the three most virtuos municipalities in hydrogeological risk mitigation. These municipalities have carried out delocalization intervention, and have ensured ordinary maintenance activities.

Final data on the activities of the local system of civil protection are encouraging: 76% of municipalities have implemented an emergency plan, in case of landslides or floods, In the past two years 51% of their emergency plans were updated. In 69% of municipalities surveyed ordinary maintenance of river banks and safety works for the area and slopes were carried out.

In 31% of municipalities surveyed by "risk Ecosystem 2010" entire neighbourhoods are located close to the river beds and landslide risk areas and in total more than 3.5 million citizens are at risk from landslides or floods.

Industrial buildings in 54% and public structures - schools and hospitals - in 19% of the cases are present in areas of high risk. Analysing the work of hydro geological risk mitigation, only 22% of the municipalities participate positively while 43% do nothing to prevent flood and landslide damage.

The final data on the activities of the local system of civil protection are encouraging: 76% of municipalities have implemented an emergency plan, in case of landslides or floods, In the past two years 51% of their emergency plans were updated. In 69% of municipalities surveyed ordinary maintenance of river banks and safety works for the area and slopes were carried out.e Province of Ancona, due to the implementation of measures for relocation of settlements and industrial areas at risk and the organization a good local civil protection system.