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Results so far : 10th Thematic Seminar on Cost benefit Analysis

Date: 26-10-2011 - 27-10-2011
Time: 08:00 - 18:00
Location: Aveiro, Portugal


On December 26 and 27, the 10th thematic seminar for the MiSRaR project will be organized in the city of Aveiro, Portugal. During this seminar partners will discuss the topic of Cost - Benefit Analysis as a one of the steps in mitigationplanning.
Cost - Benefit Analysis and also Cost - Effect Analysis are important instruments to chose between different mitigationinstruments or even doing nothing at all. Partners will talk about their experiences with this topic and discuss the instruments they use in their own country. Peter Roebeling from Aveiro University and Marjan van Schijndel, from ECORYS , both experts in this field, will introduce the topic.




In this report:
Introduction by experts
Greece Bank: CBA on environmental, economic and social impacts of climate change
Forli-Cesena experimenting with cost benefit analysis methodologies
Bulgaria: financing of the system of protected areas is not sustainable
Mirandela: action plan against forest fires
SHS: Societal Risk Template Methodology

Introduction by experts
The first day of this seminar started with an introduction by Marjan van Schijndel, senior consultant of ECORYS and expert on Cost – Benefit Analysis (CBA) in the field of transport and mobility. She explained clearly how a CBA in general is made, the difference between a financial CBA, a social CBA, a Cost – Effect Analysis (CEA) and a Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA).
She also described the case of a “LPG-Chain study” in the Netherlands as anexample of an actual CBA with impact in South-Holland South.
After this introduction Dr Peter Roebeling from Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar (CESAM), Universidade de Aveiro, explained how a CBA was made in relation to coastal erosion at the central Portuguese coast.
For more information about CBAs see also the European Union "Guide to Cost Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects". <<<

Greece Bank: CBA on environmental, economic and social impacts of climate change
In the afternoon the partners presented their own practices in the field of cost-benefit analysis.
The representative of Epirus described a Cost Benefit Analysis made in Greece by the Bank of Greece. The purpose of this CBA was to set a strategic frame for the actions that should be taken in order to mitigate environmental, economic and social impacts of climate change. Although the CBA refers to the whole country and not only to the Region of Epirus, it sets a good example of how the instrument CBA can be used. <<<

Forli-Cesena experimenting with cost benefit analysis methodologies
Other good examples are the CBAs for Flood risk and landslide risk, made by the Basin Authority of the Romagna Rivers. The Basin Authority, a safety mitigation partner of the province of Forli-Cesena, is experimenting with cost benefit analysis methodologies with an aim to compare different policy scenarios in the field of hydro geological risk management. In 2011 a first attempt to address flood risk issues related to cost-benefit analysis was made. At present an experimental CBA on landslide risk is in progress. <<<

Bulgaria: financing of the system of protected areas is not sustainable
The delegation from EPF described the problem that the financing of the system of protected areas is not sustainable. Identified threats are an increasing financial gap due to insufficient funding and inefficient use of the available financial resources. The result in the future could be a decreasing protection of nature and environment. To mitigate this threat, more solutions are possible. A CBA is used to advise about the best strategy. <<<

Mirandela: action plan against forest fires
Mirandela introduced their action plan against forest fires and more particular the costs and benefits of prescribed burning as a fuel management technique. The case was presented by Dr Carlos Loureiro, expert in forest fires from the University of Vila Real (UTAD). The case was worked out well and based on earlier analysis of the forest fire risks. <<<

SHS: Societal Risk Template Methodology
The next day South Holland South started the day with a presentation about CBA as a part of the “Societal Risk Template Methodology”. In an area like SHS where industry, transport of dangerous goods and other risky activities are integrated with other urban activities like houses and schools, politicians have to ask themselves and their advisors every time “Is it necessary to reduce risk or is the level of risk acceptable?”
The SRTM helps them to answer these questions in a transparent way, balancing the costs and benefits for Economy, Society and Aid demand. <<<

After this presentation all partners discussed intensively the different aspects and methodologies of CBAs. This work was, like earlier seminars, carried out in sub-groups, after which feedback was given in the plenary session. The group concluded that making a CBA, CEA or MCA is very useful to choose between different mitigation solutions and to convince people (politicians) about the importance of mitigation measures.

The seminar ended with a tour of the football stadium of Aveiro where the security manager explained what measures can be taken to prevent serious incidents. After the seminar the participants could see for themselves the difficulties faced by Aveiro, if the water is high by storm and rain. <<<

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