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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Nov 8;16(22). pii: E4356. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16224356.

Communication and Community Involvement to Support Risk Governance.

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Institute of Clinical Physiology, National Research Council, 56124 Pisa, Italy.
Institute for the Study of Anthropic Impacts and Sustainability in the Marine Environment, National Research Council, 00146 Rome, Italy.
Institute for Biomedical Research and Innovation, National Research Council, 90146 Palermo, Italy.


In past years, communication activities have become increasingly important in the environment and health domain, considering the concurrent developments of social media and scientific citizenship that contributed changes in legislation and culture. Communication is particularly crucial where an environmental hazard is present, as in the case of high risk environmental and health risk areas. The project "International Center of Advanced Study in Environment, Ecosystem and Human Health" (CISAS), carried out by the Italian National Research Council, covers multiple research activities, from ecology to biology and medical sciences, from epidemiology to social sciences and communication. Three different studies based on human biomonitoring and a birth cohort study are currently in progress in the project locations, together with studies on the environmental fate of pollutants. A clear, accurate and respectful communication of study protocols and results represents a priority to produce comprehensible information available for policy makers, citizens, and stakeholders. This paper describes the multiple external and internal communication activities planned in the framework of the CISAS project as an example of promotion of knowledge in the society at large and improvement of risk management in the environmental health domain.


contaminated sites; environment and health; environmental monitoring; high risk areas; human biomonitoring; risk communication; risk governance; training and education

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