Natural hazard risk education within the framework of current societal challenges – A case study for South Tyrol
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This poster presents a case study which exemplifies how Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and natural hazard risk communication can be linked in practice. The study is conducted within the framework of my master thesis and of the Interreg projects RiKoST and GreenRisk4Alps. The results should contribute to establish a sustainable risk dialogue by showing options to involve young people. The study focusses on the agency of young people in South Tyrol (Italy) and aims to raise awareness for natural hazard risks and to trigger engagement for socio-ecological transformation. The concept and the design of the study is based on a literature research on theoretical approaches and case studies for risk dialogue and ESD. Expert interviews will be conducted to tailor activities to the local context and to align them with related policies in the region. The developed concept will be tested and implemented in cooperation with a local high school and foresees a series of activities with pupils including participative mapping exercises, experiments, group work, reviews of past events and moderated discussions. The students should acquire a comprehensive understanding of natural hazard risks, including driving factors and unequal vulnerabilities to risks. As a project at the interface between school education and scientific research, the activities should open a space for exchanging risk and transformation knowledge. All activities follow a participatory, interactive and experience-based approach to learning about natural hazards by specifically assessing the student’s risk perceptions and increasing their awareness for risks and sustainable development.