Title: Governance of inherently dangerous territories: strategies of adaptation and perspectives of evolution

Authors: Bruno Tiberghien, Christophe Alaux

Addresses: IMPGT – CERGAM Public Management Team, Paul Cezanne University, Aix-Marseille III, 21 rue Gaston de Saporta 13625 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1, France. ' IMPGT – CERGAM Public Management Team, Paul Cezanne University, Aix-Marseille III, 21 rue Gaston de Saporta 13625 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1, France

Abstract: Management of inherently dangerous territories (IDT) represents a major issue for our society which should be prepared to cope with inherent risks. The problem that underlies our thoughts is to know how to manage in a sustainable way, the inherent dangerousness of a territory. The original concept of IDT questions classic probability approaches of the risk. It considers risk as a territory|s constituent. Observing various territories in their historical dimension, and focusing our analysis on contemporary public actions in natural hazards management, we investigate the relation between risk and territory as well as strategies of adaptation developed in territorial crisis management.

Keywords: inherently dangerous territories; natural hazards; territorial governance; adaptation strategies; evolution; inherent risks; sustainability; sustainable development; probability; historical dimensions; territorial crisis management; emergency management; sustainable strategic management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSM.2010.032166

International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management, 2010 Vol.2 No.1, pp.90 - 107

Published online: 11 Mar 2010 *

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