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Title

Conflicting discourses on wildfire risk and the role of local media in the Amazonian and temperate forests
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Nathália Thaís Cosmo da Silva; Urbano Fra Paleo; José Ambrósio Ferreira Neto
Publication Year: 2019

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • Amazon
  • Brazil
  • discourse analysis
  • framing
  • Galicia
  • local media
  • media coverage
  • Rondonia
  • Spain
  • wildfire risk
Region(s):
  • International
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Record Last Modified: January 4, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 60522

Description

This article examines how risk is communicated by different actors, particularly local print newspapers and actors at the community level, in two different geographical contexts that are severely affected by wildfires-the Brazilian Amazon and Atlantic Spain. We analyzed how wildfire risk is framed in local print media and local actor discourse to elucidate how wildfire risk is interpreted and aimed to identify the main priorities of these risk governance systems. The main findings reveal that the presentation of wildfire as a spectacle is a serious obstacle to the promotion of coherent risk governance and social learning, which involves recognizing wildfire risk as a social, political, economic, and environmental problem. Proactive risk governance should communicate the multifaceted nature of risk and stimulate dialogue and negotiation among all actors to build consensus regarding land use and the creation of risk.

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Citation:
da Silva, Nathália Thaís Cosmo; Paleo, Urbano Fra; Neto, José Ambrósio Ferreira. 2019. Conflicting discourses on wildfire risk and the role of local media in the Amazonian and temperate forests. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 10(4):529-543.