01/12/2011 - The CATALYST project held its official kick-off meeting on the premises of the United Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, Germany, on 6-7 October 2011.


Seven partners from four countries launched the EU-funded project, which is designed to identify and share knowledge in best practices related to natural hazard and disaster risk reduction.

Developing strategies to more effectively share knowledge lie at the heart of this initiative. The two-year project will engage public officials, researchers, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and representatives of non-governmental organizations in activities designed to bridge the gap between research findings and decision-making for improving risk management of natural disasters.

The project will address EU policy activities in disaster risk reduction, within and outside Europe, and seek to improve communication and information exchange among policy-makers, researchers, representatives of non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

Project activities will include four regional workshops in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean region and Europe, virtual workshops focusing on critical issues related to risk management, a policy notebook and the creation of this website that will serve as an information hub for material related to natural hazards and risk management, mitigation and adaptation.

In addition to improving risk management strategies, the project will also seek to bring risk management knowledge to bear on economic development issues and the global sustainability agenda.

Disclaimer. The results contained in this website were produced within the CATALYST project "Capacity Development for Hazard Risk Reduction and Adaptation" funded under the FP7 by the European Commission. This website is the sole responsiblity of the CATALYST Project and does not represent the opinion of the European Community nor is the European community responsible for any use that might be made of the data appearing herein.
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