All mountainous countries have been exposed to slope movements throughout their history, reaching often disastrous dimensions. A significant increase in damage effects had to be recognised within the last two decades. The reasons for this steady increase in damage are often relayed on a probable impact of climate change. But people contribute also to, and even may exacerbate, or modify the hazard. The increase of our living standards, the concentration of people, infrastructure and goods at economically privileged but probably hazardous places, additional settlements in disaster prone regions and the enormous increase in mobility on road and train have to...

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