CATALYST Regional Workshop in Bangkok (Thailand)

 

22 Jan 2013: Capacity development for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, with a focus on hydro-meteorological hazards, floods, droughts as well as geophysical hazards as earthquakes and tsunamis in South and Southeast Asia, will be the theme of the fourth regional workshop of the CATALYST Project. The three-day workshop will take place at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, 23-25 January 2013.

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CATALYST REGIONAL WORKSHOP:
Capacity Development for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

23-25 January 2013
United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

In collaboration with
the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP)
and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

 

Capacity development for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, with a focus on hydro-meteorological hazards, floods, droughts as well as geophysical hazards as earthquakes and tsunamis in South and Southeast Asia, will be the theme of the fourth regional workshop of the CATALYST Project. The three-day workshop will take place at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, 23-25 January 2013. The workshop, hosted by CATALYST consortium members Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and Netherlands-based Alterra, is organized in collaboration with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC).
As disasters are likely to increase across South and Southeast Asia, 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.
The CATALYST Project is a European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funded project which aims to strengthen capacity development in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) by fostering and strengthening cooperation and synergy among the various players in those fields. The project seeks to gather the latest scientific information in the area of disaster risk management and synthesize it into a series of reports designed to bridge the gaps among and between science, practice and policy-making.
The CATALYST workshop will focus on vulnerability, disaster risk reduction, especially related to hydro-meteorological hazards, and governance of risk and climate change adaptation. The workshop brings together experts in the field of DRR and CCA from a broad range of institutions, both locally and internationally, specifically focusing on South and Southeast Asia, who will lend their expertise in discussions on current practices and challenges in DRR and future challenges posed by human-induced climate change. The focus will be on identifying good DRR/CCA practices as well as the gaps, barriers and needs, and ultimately to derive recommendations for capacity development in all phases of the risk cycle.
Among the scheduled speakers at the workshop are Mr Jerry Velasquez of UNISDR – the UN's office for disaster risk reduction – who will present the challenges in developing capacity at all levels for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and Mr. Hans Jakob Hausmann of the Danish Red Cross / Red Crescent, who will present ways in which disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation can be integrated in terms of both governance and practice. Attendees will work together to identify best practices and provide recommendations for enhancing our capacity to manage disasters and adapt to climate change.
The results of the workshop will feed a series of Best Practice Papers and a Policy Notebook targeted at a wider group of practitioners in the field of DRR/CCA, policy-makers, the general public and the media.
The workshop has been organised by GEUS (www.geus.dk), in collaboration with Alterra (www.alterra.nl), UN-ESCAP and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, ADPC (www.adpc.net).
The first three CATALYST regional workshops took place in the autumn of 2012 in Bari, Italy, focusing on the European Mediterranean Region; in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, focusing on the East and West Africa Region; and in Montego Bay, Jamaica, focusing on the Central American and Caribbean.

 

For more information, contact:
Peter van der Keur (GEUS): pke AT geus DOT dk ; tel. +45 38142795
Hans Jorgen (GEUS): hjh AT geus DOT dk ; tel: +45 38142791
Fons Jaspers (Alterra): fons DOT jaspers AT wur DOTnl; +31 317 486470
Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga (Alterra Dhaka office): catharien DOT terwisscha AT wur DOT nl; tel: + 880 2 8822105 ext 339

For additional information about the CATALYST project, contact: mhare AT seeconsult DOT 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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