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Official European Definition

Other International Definitions


The lessening or limitation of the adverse impacts of hazards and related disasters[1]. The adverse impacts of hazards often cannot be prevented fully, but their scale or severity can be substantially lessened by various strategies and actions. Mitigation measures encompass engineering techniques and hazard-resistant construction as well as improved environmental policies and public awareness. It should be noted that in climate change policy, “mitigation” is defined differently, being the term used for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that are the source of climate change.

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Standard Definition

ISO/PAS 22399:2007

Limitation of any negative consequence of a particular incident [2].

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