IAG and the Covid-19 pandemic

Our president is conveying this message from his home country of Italy, unfortunately the country with the second highest number of Covid-19 infections, and moreover from the region of Italy with the second highest number of casualties – Emilia-Romagna.

“As you are no doubt aware, this emergency situation is unprecedented, and we are suffering from concerns and restrictions that have not been experienced in my country since the Second World War. Personal responsibility and willingness to adapt should be at the forefront for our everyday activities and behaviour. This is the only way to reduce the effects of this pandemic.

As Geomorphologists, many of us have dealt with the assessment and management of risks in our academic or professional activities, even though of a much different type. Nevertheless, we can still offer an important contribution to our communities and society, as scientists, in trying to spread the word about the need for risk preparedness and awareness. We can spread the word to our families, friends and community members about the most appropriate approaches to prevent the potentially lethal effects of this invisible threat.

Some European countries are following the Italian example in the management of the Covid-19 emergency, others are being less restrictive for the moment. However, please keep your guard up and do not overlook the possible effects of the virus, wherever you are in the world at the moment.

Despite the pandemic, the IAG Executive Committee members continue to work for the IAG. We will keep you informed about any development regarding the IAG events planned in the next few months and are seeking guidance from the relevant national and global health organizations.”

Mauro Soldati
IAG President