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Risks & Territories Governance and citizen participation

What evolutions in terms of risk governance modalities can be considered in the face of the tensions linked to the cohabitation between high-hazard industries and host communities in France and in Europe ?

Based on its previous work, in the aftermath of the fire at the chemical site of the Lubrizol company in Rouen (Normandy, France), the FonCSI intends to analyze the renewed principles and operational conditions fostering a constructive debate and a pragmatic relationship between actors of areas housing hazardous industries.

In September 2020, Foncsi is launching a working group on “Industrial risks governance and citizen participation”.


High-hazard industry is both a source of employment and economical development and a generator of major accident risk and/or chronic risks for health and environment. This ambivalence is daily experienced by the various stakeholders, but is considerably highlighted in the case of an unwanted event such as an incident or an accident. In crisis time, emotional reactions and the search for liability often demonstrate how sensitive remains the issue of coexistence between at-risk industry and civil society. The fire at the chemical site of the Lubrizol company in Rouen (Normandy, France) and the social tensions caused by this crisis management reveals it clearly.

Project framing

The FonCSI provides an overview of the national transposition of European directives related to the public’s right to information and participation in some European countries (Germany, Netherlands, Italy, United Kingdom , Norway…).

The role and place of NGOs in the prevention of major technological and environmental accidents (and in crisis management) are particularly studied, and French specificities, if some, will be highlighted.

The work will more particularly focus on :

  • implementation of national regulations at the local level and its confrontation with territorial realities and logics ;
  •  citizen mobilization and participation on the subject of industrial risk ;
  • Perception of industrial risk in view of other risks (insecurity, unemployment, terrorism, …).

The analysis might be extended through a few extra-European cases.

The Working group


4 members of FonCSI:3 permanent external experts:
  • René Amalberti
  • Caroline Kamaté
  • Jean Pariès
  • Jean-Marc Vaugier

Working methods

  • Academic litterature review and documentary monitoring,
  • Interviews of national and international experts: academic experts, political and industrial decision-makers, state administrative actors, field actors (residents, local communities, industrial operators, state representatives, local risk managers, workers...);
  • Cross-participation to the ICSI discussion group on ‟Alert processˮ.


  • 10 May 2021

Jean-Paul Lecoq, deputy for Seine-Maritime and was mayor of Gonfreville-l’Orcher from 1995 to 2017.

Christian Chicot, director of the "Population" pole of the city of Gonfreville and member of the AITF (Association of Territorial Engineers of France).

André Valin, local resident of the Gonfreville-lOrcher industrial platform and city councilor.

  • 20 November 2020

Marco Ziron, Senior Chemical Engineer at ARPAV (Regional Agency for the Prevention and Protection of the Environment of Veneto), Italia

Contact & coordination

Caroline Kamaté
Tel.: +33 (0)5 32 09 37 83