EU macro-regional Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP)

Action Group 8 (AG8)

“To improve risk management and to better manage climate change, including major natural risks prevention”

Sustainable protection from natural hazards is an essential predisposition for settling as well as social and economic development in the Alps. Limited settlement space and climate change lead to increasing exposure and damages to private property and infrastructure. The interests of economic development, social welfare, mobility and tourism still outbalance the targets of risk reduction and safety management which calls for new governance instruments in order to balance multiple use demands.

Specific objectives

Therefore Action Group 8 aims at improving risk management and better managing climate change in the Alpine Region by pursuing the following objectives:

  • Stocktaking of relevant actors and interests, mapping and enhancing governance structures and processes in the policy fields of risk/hazard management and climate adaptation
  • Improving risk and adaptation governance mechanisms in the EUSALP region by enhancing, valorizing and leveraging the existing cooperation structures
  • Identification of good practice solutions in tackling the challenges ahead
  • Promoting, developing and implementing local, regional and transnational pilots and projects based on the action plan and exploring funding opportunities on both EU as well as national/regional/private levels

PARN contribution to EUSALP Action Group 8

As part of its experience as an interface for the prevention of natural risks and climate change adaptation , the Alpine Network of Natural Hazards and Risks Prevention – PARN – was designated at the end of 2016 by the Commissariat du Massif des Alpes of the Commissariat général à l’égalité des territoires (CGET), as one of the representatives of French natural risks actors in EUSALP AG8, alongside CGET and DGPR. In this context, the PARN participates and contributes to the meetings, works and exchanges of experiences between the representatives of the different alpine regions and alpine states members of group 8.

Work themes

The ongoing work of the GA8 focuses on 3 main themes:

  • natural risks governance
  • residual risk management and “cases of overload”
  • climate change adaptation

French participation in EUSALP

EUSALP development process in France is coordinated by the CGET at the national level and co-piloted by the 3 regions: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. To contribute to this process, the PARN offers its support to bring together French actors participating in EUSALP around the themes adressed by action group 8 (natural risks, climate change, governance) and related topics (research and innovation, green infrastructure, transport, etc.).

French EUSALP actors


Other activities of the PARN on these topics

Climate change impacts and adaptation in natural risks management

Ongoing projects

Past projects

  • AdaptAlp (Interreg ALPINE SPACE project, 2008-2011)
  • ClimChAlp (Interreg ALPINE SPACE project, 2006-2008)
  • RiskYdrogéo Interreg ALPINE SPACE project France-Italy, 2003-2006)

Governance of natural risks management

Past projects

  • RiskNET (projet Interreg ALCOTRA France-Italie, 2013-2015)
  • RiskNat (projet stratégique Interreg ALCOTRA France-Italie, 2009-2012)
  • PRINAT (projet projet Interreg ALCOTRA France-Italie, 2003-2007)


Benjamin Einhorn, PARN Director
Tél. : +33 (0)4 76 63 51 36
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With the support of the Commissariat général à l’égalité des territoires (CGET )