Capacity Development for Hazard Risk Reduction and Adaptation
Funded by the European Commission's FP7 programme, the CATALYST project brings together scientists, stakeholders and networks to identify and share the best of knowledge, know-how and practices related to natural hazard and disaster risk reduction (NH/DRR), including adaptation. Its ultimate objective will be the strengthening of capacity development in all regions of the world. This will be achieved by:
Facilitating knowledge exchange and improving the science-application interface;
Deepening and adding value to the body of integrated knowledge on NH/DRR;
Identifying key gaps in current NH/DRR knowledge and research;
Reinforcement of existing European and International network capacity;
Increasing the capacity of NGOs and SMEs to mainstream NH/DRR in their activities;
The effective dissemination of the findings of the coordinating action;
The development of an enduring NH/DRR reference website and online discussion forum.
seeconsult as scientific coordinator of the project is responsible for the operational, administrative, and financial activities. seeconsult also has the lead on development and implementation of a thinktank to achieve the objectives listed above. The thinktank brings together scientific, governmental and non-govermeneral organisations, and operates both virtually and in face-to-face capacity development workshops in four regions of the world: Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America.
Vulnerability to natural hazards is a global phenomenon. The CATALYST project has launched Think Tanks for each of the following regions that are among the most exposed to risk:
- European Mediterranean
- South and South East Asia
- East and West Africa
- Central America and the Caribbean
The Think Tanks comprise practitioners, researchers, businesses, and policy makers who are involved in disaster risk reduction and adaptation.
Download the project's brochure [here].