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Outputs of the CROSSIT SAFER Project: Research and Cooperation to Manage Natural Hazards †

Dipartimento Territorio e Sistemi Agro-Forestali (TESAF), Università degli Studi di Padova, Viale dell’Università 16, 35020 Legnaro, Italy
Regione del Veneto, Direzione Protezione Civile, Sicurezza e Polizia Locale, Viale Antonio Paolucci 34, 30175 Venezia, Italy
Fire and Rescue Service Sežana, Bazoviška Cesta 13, 6210 Sežana, Slovenia
Department for Economics and Development Affairs, Občina Ajdovščina, Cesta 5. maja 6a, 5270 Ajdovščina, Slovenia
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile e Ambientale, Università degli Studi di Padova, Via Marzolo 9, 35131 Padova, Italy
Občina Postojna, Ljubljanska Cesta 4, 6230 Postojna, Slovenia
Protezione Civile della Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Via Natisone 43, 33057 Palmanova, Italy
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università degli Studi di Padova, Via Gradenigo 6a, 35131 Padova, Italy
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Presented at the Third International Conference on Fire Behavior and Risk, Sardinia, Italy, 3–6 May 2022.
Environ. Sci. Proc. 2022, 17(1), 10;
Published: 5 August 2022
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of The Third International Conference on Fire Behavior and Risk)


The cooperation between the civil protection organizations of conterminous administrations is fundamental because natural hazards do not stop at borders. Natural hazards, such as wildland fires, are prominent threats to human lives and activities, and they put civil protection organizations under stress when they occur. These organizations have for long been preparing protocols and procedures to face these hazards. Nonetheless, this expertise is not always shared between the administrations. Bureaucratic barriers, different languages and the accessibility of the information can reduce the coordination before and during an emergency. In most cases, the personal goodwill of the operators solves the problems, but a formal agreement is preferable. A useful agreement should facilitate exchanges between the civil protection organizations and foster research in natural hazards management. Common exercises, harmonization of procedures and protocols, and applied research on risk assessment and planning are the tools to level up different organizations. This effort is of particular importance during wildland fires and across international borders. The CROSSIT SAFER Project, part of Interreg V-A Italia-Slovenija, aims at reinforcing the cooperation among project partners. Nine partners located along the border between Italy and Slovenia joined to make the area more secure against natural hazards, with a focus on wildland fires and interface fires. The coordination between all partners is mandatory in the specific area due to the presence of an international border and the susceptibility of the area to natural hazards, including wildland fires. The project strengthened the bounds between the civil protection organizations, and it will yield new procedures and protocols to manage natural hazards. Thanks to the common exercises, the signature of a formal protocol of agreement and the enhancement of procedures to assess, map and observe natural hazards, the area will become more secure. The results will be of help to local administrators and to the civil protection organizations involved.

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All authors contributed equally to this Abstract. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.


This research was funded by the Cooperation Programme INTERREG V-A Italia-Slovenija 2014–2020.

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Taccaliti, F.; Rizzolo, R.; Turk, B.; Furlan, J.; Hofer, L.; Grilj, K.; Primiero, A.; Di Narda, N.; Vianello, C.; Lingua, E. Outputs of the CROSSIT SAFER Project: Research and Cooperation to Manage Natural Hazards. Environ. Sci. Proc. 2022, 17, 10.

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Taccaliti F, Rizzolo R, Turk B, Furlan J, Hofer L, Grilj K, Primiero A, Di Narda N, Vianello C, Lingua E. Outputs of the CROSSIT SAFER Project: Research and Cooperation to Manage Natural Hazards. Environmental Sciences Proceedings. 2022; 17(1):10.

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Taccaliti, Flavio, Rolando Rizzolo, Blaž Turk, Janez Furlan, Lorenzo Hofer, Klemen Grilj, Aldo Primiero, Nadia Di Narda, Chiara Vianello, and Emanuele Lingua. 2022. "Outputs of the CROSSIT SAFER Project: Research and Cooperation to Manage Natural Hazards" Environmental Sciences Proceedings 17, no. 1: 10.

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