Monday, May 5, 2014

Workshop: The role of networks in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA)

27 – 28 May 2014

University of Salzburg
Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS

The risk from natural hazards is projected to further increase in many regions due to a growing exposure of human activities often combined with increased vulnerability and the projected increase in frequency and intensity of hazards due to effects of global warming. For the development and implementation of (more) effective risk reduction policies, a close collaboration and knowledge exchange between decision makers, the scientific community, the private sector and civil society is needed.

In practice, however, knowledge on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation is often fragmented within,  and  among the  different stakeholders, and thus not adequately incorporated in decisions on disaster risk reduction and the implementation of risk mitigation and adaptation measures. This has been identified as an important reason, why the significant increase in available knowl- edge on natural disasters and their causes and drivers is not as effective as expect- ed in minimising disaster losses.

Networks will likely take on an increasingly significant role for DRR and CCA because of their capacity to bring stakeholders together to share experiences, increase the knowledge base and thus facilitate improved decision-making by stakeholders in policy and practice.

This workshop aims to bring together representatives of various networks from the DRR and CCA community – as well as any complementary fields - in order to identify synergies, develop common understanding of the challenges being addressed by the networks and the approaches being used, and find new ways of   working   together.

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