Let’s mobilize the best energies for disaster risk reduction, now!

Italy is one of the most seismic areas in Europe and her history is punctuated by disasters that have provoked – only in the last two decades – thousands of casualties, huge economic and social damages, long recovery processes.

One after the other, each earthquake makes clear a need for the improvement of preparedness in coping with such natural disasters, a goal to be reached by individuals, families, organizations, as stressed by the  United Nations’ Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

The essays collected in the volume Building Back Better: idee e percorsi per la costruzione di comunità resilienti (edited by F. Esposito, M. Russo, M. Sargolini, L. Sartori, V. Virgili), Carocci Pressonline, ISBN 9788843090600) shed light on what should be made now in Italy to mobilize the best energies to start a virtuous cycle, in agreement with the Sendai Framework.

The volume concerns not only the need of building back better, but also all the preventive measures which turn into a priority in contexts characterized by social and economic vulnerabilities, in addition to natural hazards.

The scientific community has the duty to boost some conditions increasing the resilience of territories and communities at risk or already affected. Only a prolific and concrete dialogue among the various kinds of knowledge, competences and responsibilities of the actors involved will allow the implementation of adequate actions aimed at obtaining incisive and lasting results in support of territories and communities.

An international hub, characterized by many multidisciplinary contributions, can promote a critical mass of research and innovation, as proven is this volume, by encouraging a fruitful debate with policy makers to plan and implement concrete actions in the territories.

The authors. The volume gathers the contributions of researches from Italian universities (Bologna, Camerino, Florence, Macerata, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Marche Polytechnic, Urbino), research institutes and research centres (Euro-Mediterranean Documentation Centre for Extreme Events and Disasters, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Italian National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology) and Action Aid. The section Strategies in action collects the interviews with the Agency for Territorial Cohesion, the “Casa Italia” Plan, the Civil Protection and the Loccioni Group.