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The communication of the risk of coastal erosion in Portugal: a global problem, a local trouble

La communication du risque d’érosion des côtes au Portugal : un problème global, un trouble local
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Basto, Eduardo; Centemeri, Laura

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Abstract In the past two decades a set of instruments has been devised by the Portuguese authorities to handle the issue of coastal erosion. We argue that this legal apparatus not only lacks the internal integration necessary for its effectiveness, but it also fails to recognise the ways in which the problem materialises in the everyday life of coastal areas. Through a case study in the village of Furadouro in Western Portugal, we demonstrate how this top-down implementation of policies does not promote a true communication of risks, in the sense that the problem of coastal erosion is not “put in common” across levels of governance.
Keywords Portugal; coastal protection; environmental protection; risk communication; risk management; participation; information
Classification Ecology, Environment; Science of Communication
Free Keywords coastal erosion; regimes of engagement
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 169-187
Journal ESSACHESS - Journal for Communication Studies, 7 (2014) 1
Issue topic Environment and communication
ISSN 1775-352X
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial