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Volume 14, issue 8 | Copyright

Special issue: Building social capacities for natural hazards: an emerging...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 2157-2163, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-14-2157-2014
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Brief communication 22 Aug 2014

Brief communication | 22 Aug 2014

Brief Communication: CATALYST – a multi-regional stakeholder think tank for fostering capacity development in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

M. P. Hare1, C. van Bers1, P. van der Keur3, H. J. Henriksen3, J. Luther6, C. Kuhlicke6, F. Jaspers7, C. Terwisscha van Scheltinga7, J. Mysiak4, E. Calliari4, K. Warner2, H. Daniel2, J. Coppola5, and P. F. McGrath5 M. P. Hare et al.
  • 1seeconsult GmbH, Osnabrück, Germany
  • 2United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Bonn, Germany
  • 3Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Department of Hydrology, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 4Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Venice, Italy
  • 5The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries, Trieste, Italy
  • 6Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Leipzig, Germany
  • 7Alterra, Wageningen, the Netherlands

Abstract. This brief communication presents the work and objectives of the CATALYST project on "Capacity Development for Hazard Risk Reduction and Adaptation" funded by the European Commission (October 2011–September 2013). CATALYST set up a multi-regional think tank covering four regions (Central America and the Caribbean, East and West Africa, the European Mediterranean, and South and Southeast Asia), intending to strengthen capacity development for stakeholders involved in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation, in the context of natural hazards. This communication concludes with a selection of recommendations for capacity development in DRR and climate change adaptation from the perspective of governance issues.

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