Work Package 4
Think Tank: Engaging stakeholders

Lead: Seecon


The think tank will be comprised of those stakeholders identified and contacted in WP2, and will ultimately seek to generate consensus on what the stakeholders believe are the priorities in terms of: knowledge transfer activities, existing skills, knowledge and tools, research & knowledge gaps to be filled, methods for strengthening and extending existing networks. The think tank, together with the project's interactive website incorporating the online discussion tool (WP6), will form the basis of what is intended to be an enduring natural hazard research reference site. The think tank, along with WP6, will consider strategies for ensuring that the site continues beyond the end of the project.


  • This WP has as its main objective the design and implementation of a stakeholder think tank on NH/DRR to facilitate exchange and discussion between existing networks and organizations involved in NH/DRR.


1: Design of think tank participatory process The think tank will be designed on the basis of results of WP2 on gaps in network coverage, and from WP3, on lessons learned from case studies in NH/DRR, and potential capacity development requirements. The think tank will be implemented from Month 4 (after the completion of WP2) and run until Month 24 (end of project). All stakeholders in the wider stakeholder group, identified by WP2, will be invited to take part virtually, while only the core stakeholder group (again identified by WP2) will take part in the workshops, as well.

2: Planning, logistical organization, implementation, moderation of, and reporting on virtual meetings Stakeholder participation will be in the form of moderated virtual meetings five times over the life of the project, and participation in an online discussion tool (incorporated in the project website by WP6). The virtual think tank will operate before, during, and after the workshops, to maintain discussion and exchange between the wider and core groups of stakeholders, as well as to support preparation for the workshops, review of documents, and related activities. For each meeting, a brief report will be prepared and merged with a master report at the end of the think tank phase.

3: Planning, logistical organization, implementation & moderation of, and reporting on regional workshops.
The workshops will take place at appropriate locations identified by WP2 in consultation with stakeholders on four continents. The regions under consideration are all prone to frequent climatic events:

  • Europe/Mediterranean (droughts, floods, earthquakes). In cooperation with IRSA, Water Research Institute (National Research Council), Italy. (GEUS with support of Seecon)
  • South Asia (tropical storms, cyclones, earthquakes). (GEUS with support of ALT )
  • Eastern & Western Africa (floods, droughts, storms) in cooperation with FP7 project, Climate Change and Urban Vulnerability in Africa, 2011-2014 and Addis Ababa University. (UFZ with support of TWAS)
  • Central America/Caribbean (hurricanes, tropical storms, drought, earthquakes, tsunami). (FEEM with support of UNU.)

For each workshop, a report will be prepared and merged with a master report at the end of the workshop phase. The outputs (reports) of tasks 4.2 and 4.3 will be sent to WP5 for synthesis (along with the analyses from WP2 and WP3) for integration into various recommendation reports and educational material. They will also be sent to WP6 for use in the website and bulletins. However WP5 will synthesize the results for the broader WP6 dissemination materials (e.g. Best Practice Papers). The think tank will also review synthesis reports developed by WP5, to ensure consistency with results and recommendations, as well as stakeholder support.

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