The Role and Nature of Risk Communication in Europe
The identification, estimation, reduction and proper control of the risks associated with modern technology is one of the most important challenges of our times. In an open and pluralistic society, the implementation of many technological projects and innovations — from the siting of industrial facilities to the development of new technologies, materials and consumer products — depends on public acceptance. Communication between and among the scientists and administrators who manage risks, the affected public, politicians, special interest groups and the media is therefore necessary at all stages of the development of technologies to make mutual understanding and informed consent possible. Although communication is commonly supported and practised in most of Europe, there are specific needs in areas within the European Region. One such area is the countries of central and eastern Europe and the newly independent states of the former USSR, which currently face particular challenges in providing adequate health and environmental information to their populations and in creating the conditions for equitable participation in risk decisions.
KeywordsRisk Management Risk Perception Nuclear Energy Risk Communication Waste Incineration
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