Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA)
Todd A. Mooradian
Robert L. Hicks
The mountainous part of the Ligurian coast between Cinque Terre and Portovenere was named as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 for its representation of harmonious interaction between people and nature. Presently, tourism has taken over as the main occupation of the Cinque Terre which hosts around 2.5 million visitors a year. On October 25, 2011, an intense rainstorm swept through the region and inflicted serious damages to the towns of Monterosso al Mare and Vernazza. Rain, carrying rocks, soil, and grape plants flooded Vernazza and buried the town under more than 13 feet of mud and debris. Three residents of Vernazza died from over 100 landslides that day and the town of Vernazza suffered over 100 million Euros worth of damages. This study examines the differences in the value placed on the landscape by the local residents and the visitors of Cinque Terre, specifically in the town of Vernazza. Delegation of value from each of the two groups could have significant implications on the adaptive response to make the environmental and economic landscape of Vernazza more resilient to vulnerabilities from chronic hazards.
Song, Huan, "Paradise Lost: A Vulnerability Analysis of Vernazza, Italy After the 2011 Natural Disaster" (2013). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 632.
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