The eight International Scientific and Practical Conference “Problems in decrease of natural hazards and risks – GEORISK-2012” was held in Moscow at VNIGOCHS Institute on October 18-19, 2012. This conference  is traditionally (since 1993) held by the Russian Academy of Sciences (Sergeev Institute of Environmental Geosciences and the Scientific Council RAS on the problems in environmental geosciences, engineering geology and hydrogeology) in collaboration with the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation (the Centre for Strategic Research and Civil Defense).

The proposed subject received a wide response among experts in the field of studying of natural hazards and risks. The Organizing Committee of the conference received 162 abstracts from Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. A total of 268 specialists took part at the conference and 70 oral presentations were given on 6 sections:

  1. Methods of research, forecast and mapping of natural and human-induced hazards.
  2. Assessment of vulnerability to natural hazards.
  3. Theory and practice of quantitative assessment of natural risks.
  4. Regulation of risks in normative documents.
  5. Management of natural risks.
  6. Assessment of ecological risk and risk for human health.

All presentations of conference were published in two volumes of Proceeding of conference.