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Assessing stakeholders' risk perception to promote Nature Based Solutions as flood protection strategies: The case of the Glinscica river (Slovenia)

Santoro, S; Pluchinotta, I; Pagano, A; Pengal, P; Cokan, B; Giordano, R; (2019) Assessing stakeholders' risk perception to promote Nature Based Solutions as flood protection strategies: The case of the Glinscica river (Slovenia). Science of the Total Environment , 655 pp. 188-201. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.116. Green open access

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Abstract

Evidences from flood risk management demonstrated that a deep understanding of the main physical phenomena to be addressed is often not enough but should be also integrated with stakeholders' knowledge and risk perception. Particularly, the effectiveness of flood risk management strategies is highly dependent on stakeholders' perception and attitudes, which play a critical role on how individuals and institutions act to mitigate risks. Furthermore, practitioners and policy-makers realized that grey infrastructures may not be the most suitable solution to reduce flood risk, and that a shift from grey solutions to Nature Based Solutions is required. Within this framework, the present work describes a methodology to enhance the Nature Based Solutions implementation by facilitating the generation, acquisition and diffusion of different stakeholders' risk perceptions. It is based on the combination of Problem Structuring Methods for the elicitation of stakeholders' risk perceptions through individual Fuzzy Cognitive Maps, and Ambiguity Analysis for the investigation of differences in risk perceptions and problem framing. The outputs of the Ambiguity Analysis, used during a participatory workshop, facilitated a dialogue aligning the divergences and promoting the social acceptance of Nature Based Solutions. These results of the implementation of this multi-step methodology in the Glinščica river basin (Slovenia) are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Assessing stakeholders' risk perception to promote Nature Based Solutions as flood protection strategies: The case of the Glinscica river (Slovenia)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.116
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.116
Language: English
Additional information: © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Keywords: Risk perception, Nature Based Solutions, Ambiguity Analysis, Fuzzy Cognitive Maps, Flood risk
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10099513
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