CATALYST Regional Workshop in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

 

11 Oct 2012: Capacity development for the management of and adaptation to natural disasters and climate extremes, with a focus on floods and earthquakes in urban settings in Africa, will be the theme of the second regional workshop of the CATALYST Project, taking place in the Hilton and Sheraton Hotels, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 10-11 October 2012.

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CATALYST REGIONAL WORKSHOP
Capacity Development for Integrating Disaster Risk Management into Urban Settings in Africa
10-11 October 2012

Hilton & Sheraton Hotels, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
In collaboration with the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC)

 

Capacity development for the management of and adaptation to natural disasters and climate extremes, with a focus on floods and earthquakes in urban settings in Africa, will be the theme of the second regional workshop of the CATALYST Project, taking place in the Hilton and Sheraton Hotels, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 10-11 October 2012. This European Union Seventh Framework Programme (EU FP7) funded project seeks to gather the latest scientific information in the area of disaster risk management and synthesise it into a series of reports designed to bridge the gaps among and between science, practice and policy-making.

As disasters are likely to increase in Africa, as more vulnerable people and assets are exposed to extreme climate-induced events and earthquakes, and as cities continue to grow, there is a need at both local and national levels to reassess vulnerability and exposure in order to better manage disaster risk. Both local and international experts working in the field, specifically focusing on Africa, will be in attendance. Among the scheduled speakers at the workshop are members of the CATALYST project who will present on the urgent need to link capacity development in disaster risk reduction to adaptation to climate change. Mr Ko Takeuchi of UN-HABITAT will present on a framework for monitoring progress of urban disaster risk reduction and resilience. Mr Stanley Ndhlovu of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will speak about low cost/high impact interventions that can be managed though civil society and community mobilisation to reduce urban risk in Africa.

A key activity will be round table discussions among the gathered experts on the state of the art and best practices in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in urban settings in Africa, especially related to floods, earthquakes and drought.

"Many African cities are growing fast, but in many cases with poor urban planning and land management and without adhering to building codes. Such urban development endangers thousands of people, exposing them to risks that range from everyday hazards to rare but extreme and disastrous events that often destroy years of development achievements within minutes. Our aim in the CATALYST project is to collect good disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (DRR/CCA) practices, identify gaps, barriers and needs and to come up with recommendations for capacity development in all phases of the risk management cycle, with a particular focus on these urban settlements in Africa", says Jochen Luther of the Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ (German for Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ).

The workshop is being organised by the Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ), Germany, a leading European centre for environmental research, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) and the EU FP7 project CLUVA – Climate Change and Urban Vulnerability in Africa. The workshop will take place on 10-11 October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the Sheraton and Hilton Hotels. The workshop is related to the Ethiopian Regional Conference on Capacity Development for Integrating Disaster Risk Management into Urban Settings in Africa (on Thursday, 11 October 2012) and the Sixth National Conference & Exhibition on Disaster Risk Management in Ethiopia: Women and Girls: the (in)Visible Force for Resilience. These conferences are organised by the Disaster Risk Management & Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) of the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and the United National World Food Programme (WFP), marking the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction (on Friday, 12 October 2012, information can be found at: http://www.dppc.gov.et).


For more information, contact:
Jochen Luther (UFZ): jochen.luther@ufz.de; tel: +39 341 235 1642
Dr Peter McGrath (TWAS): mcgrath@twas.org; tel: +39 040 2240 571

For additional information about the CATALYST project, contact: mhare@seeconsult.org or see: http://www.catalyst-project.eu.

 

Editor's note

Project partners include seeconsult GmbH, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ, TWAS -‐ the academy of sciences for the developing world, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS); Alterra (a research institute for the living environment based in the Netherlands), and the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

CATALYST is a coordination action financially supported by the European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-­‐2013), under grant agreement 283177.

 

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