The MiSRaR project was about protecting the environment, people and property against the destructive impact of natural and technological hazards. Recently many instances of such hazards, which did much harm to homes and businesses and had a devastating impact on the landscape, could be observed in Europe.
In response to this risk a growing number of European local and regional authorities started to design and implement strategies to minimise the impact of such extreme events. These are called “spatial mitigation strategies” and are the first step in disaster management.
So far, extensive attention had been given to the reaction to disastrous events in regional policy development, which means that disaster management was aimed primarily at preparedness, response and recovery. However prevention, which entails long-term safety measures and tools, wass till then underestimated..
MiSRaR addressed the issue of mitigating relevant hazards through the inclusion of risk assessment and risk management in spatial planning. The project aimed to develop an integrated approach for this to assist regional and local governments in the EU in developing their spatial mitigation plan for relevant risks. The dissemination of knowledge envisaged a number of seminars, producing brochures on risk assessment and management accompanied by a “mitigation handbook” for local and regional policy and decision makers.