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https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2021-37
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2021-37

  04 Feb 2021

04 Feb 2021

Review status: a revised version of this preprint was accepted for the journal NHESS.

Risk perception of local stakeholders on natural hazards: implications for theory and practice

Mihai Ciprian Mărgărint1, Mihai Niculiţă1, Giulia Roder2, and Paolo Tarolli3 Mihai Ciprian Mărgărint et al.
  • 1Department of Geography, Geography and Geology Faculty, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, 700505, Iaşi, Romania
  • 2Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Udine, 33110 Udine, Italy
  • 3Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, University of Padova, 35020, Legnaro, Italy

Abstract. In Romania, local stakeholders' knowledge plays a decisional role in emergencies, supporting rescue officers in natural hazard events, coordinating and assisting, both physically and psychologically, the affected populations. However, despite in Iași Metropolitan area (NE of Romania), the occurrence and severity of natural hazards are increasing there is a lack of knowledge of local stakeholders to address the population toward safety actions. For this reason, 118 local stakeholders were interviewed to determine their risk awareness and preparedness capacities over a set of natural hazards to understand where the lack of knowledge, action, and trust are exacerbated the most. Results reveal substantial distinctions among stakeholders and the different threats based on their cognitive and behavioral roles in the communities. The role of responsibility and trust has been seen as important driving factors shaping their perception and preparedness. Preparedness levels were low, and, not for all, learning and preparatory actions are needed to withstand the negative occurrences of natural hazards. As their role is to refer with direct interventions in affected areas managing communication initiatives with the entire population of the community, there is the need to create stakeholders' networks, empowering local actors that could serve as a bridge between authorities' decisions and local people in order to make effective risk management plans and secure more lives and economies.

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Status: final response (author comments only)

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on nhess-2021-37', Anonymous Referee #1, 19 Feb 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Mihai Niculita, 23 Apr 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on nhess-2021-37', Anonymous Referee #2, 26 Feb 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Mihai Niculita, 23 Apr 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on nhess-2021-37', Anonymous Referee #3, 04 Mar 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC3', Mihai Niculita, 23 Apr 2021

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Local stakeholders' knowledge plays a decisional role in emergencies, supporting rescue officers in natural hazard events, coordinating and assisting, both physically and psychologically, the affected populations. Their risk perception was assessed using a questionnaire for an area in NE Romania. The results show a low preparedness and reveal substantial distinctions among stakeholders and the different threats based on their cognitive and behavioral roles in the communities.
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