An Empirical Approach to Risk Management

Ricardo A. Alvarez was the keynote speaker at the opening plenary session for the II International Congress on Risks sponsored and hosted by the Portuguese Assocation on Risks, Prevention and Security in May 23-25, 2010 at the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.

Ricardo gave a keynote conference on the topic of Propossing an Empirical Approach to Risk Management Focusing on Damage Reduction. ABSTRACTrev3. In his keynote Ricardo emphasized the importance of empirical knowledge, that which is acquired through observation, and the need to pay attention to the sugnals provided by Nature to set a foundation for the practice of emergency management where mitigation or damage reduction in central to the planning, response and recovery activities undertaken in before, during and after the impact of a hazard.