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Results so far : 7th Thematic Seminar on Mitigation Instruments organized in April 2011 in Mirandela

Date: 13-04-2011 - 14-04-2011
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Mirandela, Portugal
 

Event

In April 2011, the seventh thematic seminar for the MiSRaR project will be organized in Mirandela, Portugal. During this meeting best practices will be exchanged in the field of risk mitigation instruments. The seminar will build on the discussion held during the first six seminar on the topic of spatial relevant risk mitigation. Click here for the program.
 

  

Review

In this report:
Field trips
Forest fires
Transportation of hazardous substances

Field tripsTopiteu sausage factory.
The 7nd seminar was combined with the 2nd steering party meeting held in Mirandela, Portugal, in April. The party paid a visit to the Topiteu sausage factory. The proprietor took them on a guided tour of the premises, explaining the safety measures in place there.
Acude Ponte damThis was followed by a trip to the Açude- Ponte dam, which generates hydro electricity while also offering the opportunity to regulate water levels. This is very important because of the flooding problems the city of Mirandela has to face. There are also plans to build more dams, which should reduce the risk of flooding by 15%.

The trip concluded with a visit to the local fire brigade and ambulance service, which comprised an explanation of the organisation and the equipment deployed to combat forest fires. <<

Forest fires
During the morning session, the partners submitted various cases, which were discussed in subgroups, which provided feedback durin the subseqeunt plenary session.
Mirandela and Epirus briefly explained their approach to the risks of forest fires. Mirandela is currently engaged in this field on the basis of the principles of multi-layered safety, as discussed at previous seminars. Its approach is based on risk map, which was drawn up in accordance with the Portugese national guidline. The prioritisation of measures is carried out according to these risk maps, which take economic value into consideration in detreminining the level of vulnerability. Among the other matters dicussed were advice in the field of spatial planning, mandatory cleaning, the deployment of special police teams, setting up lookout towers and the provision of additional water supplies.
Close attention was devoted to the area of tension between the requirements applicable as part of wildlife conservation programmes and the need to take mitigation measures. The partners drew the conclusion that it would favourable if the management plans for N2000 areas, for instance, were obliged to include a section on safety.
It was also concluded that considerable risk reductions might be achieved if, for instance, more carefully considered regulations were introduced which would remove economic interests from the equation in the event of wildfire. <<

Transportation of hazardous substances
ZHZ presented the manner in which the transportation of hazardous substances is regulated in the region, by means of measures from all three levels of the multi-layered safety scheme. This involves closer cooperation between the various levels of administration, each of which has its own authority. ZHZ wondered whether whether the government shouldn’t actually adopt a much more strigent approach to permitting all sorts of transport movements which are not absolutely necessary, but simply due to the fact that companies are keen to optimise their profits. ZHZ is firmly in favour of measures by both European and national authorities to promote the use of pipelines and waterborne transport. <<


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