Electronic Bulletin: May 2013 • Issue No. 1

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Catalyst's Regional Workshops

With the aim of bringing together policy makers and practitioners, researchers and Think Tank Members, the partners of the EU-funded CATALYST project organized four Regional Workshops that were held in Bari (Italy), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Montego Bay (Jamaica) and Bangkok (Thailand) between September 2012 and January 2013. Hosting countries were representative of the four regions that the project examines. An average of 25 participants attended each workshop. "We were very satisfied with the workshops", was the organizers’ final comment. "They provided the Think Tank Members with two-three good days of discussion and exchange on challenges, state-of-the-art and best practices in disaster risk reduction and adaptation in their regions". read more


News from the project partners

Virtual meetings

img 02 In the aftermath of the regional workshops, during February and March 2013, a second series of virtual meetings took place in each of the four CATALYST regions (Central America and the Caribbean 1 March, European Mediterranean 27 February, South and South East Asia 6 March, East and West Africa 7 March). On the one hand, the virtual meetings were meant to discuss the regional workshop summary reports and inform those TTMs that were not able to attend the workshops. On the other hand, inputs for the remaining deliverables (best practice paper, stakeholder advice, online education module) were suggested and discussed. read more


News from the project partners

Jorge Escandón Calderón


photo3Jorge Escandón Calderón is a biologist dedicated to the study of climate change from different perspectives. A former campaign coordinator of Greenpeace, Mexico, 2007-8, he was also Vice-director of climate change, Ministry of the Environment, Mexico City Government, from 2004 to 2007. At present he is the academic coordinator of the Virtual Mexico City Climate Change Centre (CVCCCM), and works for the Programa de Investigación en Cambio Climático, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM. In the CATALYST project he is involved as a Think Tank Member for the region Central America and the Caribbean. read more


Breaking news from around the world

New UNESCO Center

On 24 April 2013, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, and the Serbian Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, Zarko Obradovic, agreed on the establishment of a Centre for “Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change”. read more


Collapse in Dhaka

The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, extended condolences to families who lost loved ones in the collapse of an eight-storey building in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 25 April 2013, and reiterated that Dhaka is also in a high risk earthquake zone. read more


Hurricanes on the rise

Scientists at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii (Manoa), show that Hawaii could see a 2-3-fold increase in tropical cyclones by the last quarter of this century. The study, leaves open the question how worried Island residents should be. read more


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The Terra Coco project: a holistic approach to DRR

Transforming what is usually regarded as waste, the coconut husks, in an opportunity to improve the living condition of the community of Escuintla, southern Guatemala, faced with poverty and natural disasters. This is the “Terra Coco” initiative, a project promoted by the Comunidades Cristianas de Apoyo (CCA)... read more


Disaster Risk Reduction at a TEDx event

Radhika Murti is Programme Coordinator for Ecosystem Management Programme at IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. At IUCN, Radhika works to promote nature based solutions to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. read more


events and appointments --- Training and Education

Events at which CATALYST project partners and Think Tank Members will be present:


May 14-20, 2013

2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit
Chiang Mai, Thailand


May 19-23, 2013
The Global Platform for
Disaster Risk Reduction
Geneva, Switzerland


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May 20- 25, 2013
Climate Change Impacts and
Policy in the Mediterranean
Basin - Venice, Italy


May 20-31, 2013
International Disaster
Management Course CEDEM,


June 10-28, 2013
Flood risk management UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands


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Theme of the month

Partners: 7 • Regional workshops: 4 • Online virtual meetings: 9 • Think Tank Members: 116 • Countries in Think Tank: 39 • Knowledge products downloadable from www.catalyst-project.eu: 2 • Knowledge products soon available: 5 (May - July 2013)


The project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no. 283177 (CATALYST).
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