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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: ENV.2011.1.3.4-1 | Award Amount: 992.80K | Year: 2011

The coordinating action, Capacity Development for Hazard Risk reduction and Adaptation,or CATALYST, 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 this area. Strengthening of capacity development 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; and the development of an enduring NH/DRR reference website and online discussion forum. A core activity of CATaLySTis the convening of stakeholders including researchers and practitioners in a think tank allowing virtual and face-to-face exchange on areas of concern such as methodological limitations and data gaps, as well as best practices. This coordinating action will also establish and maintain during the projects duration, an information archive (as part of the project website) that is easily accessible to the research community for finding out more about existing NH/DRR resources and research work. The archive will be transferred together with the website to an existing organisation or SME concerned with NH/DRR to ensure that it is maintained and enhanced.


Hare M.P.,Seeconsult GmbH | Van Bers C.,Seeconsult GmbH | Van Der Keur P.,Geological Survey of Denmark | Henriksen H.J.,Geological Survey of Denmark | And 10 more authors.
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences | Year: 2014

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. © 2014 Author(s).


Bradford R.A.,University College Dublin | O'Sullivan J.J.,University College Dublin | Van Der Craats I.M.,Antea Group | Krywkow J.,Seeconsult GmbH | And 7 more authors.
Natural Hazards and Earth System Science | Year: 2012

Public perception of flood risk and flood risk information is often overlooked when developing flood risk management plans. As scientists and the public at large perceive risk in very different ways, flood risk management strategies are known to have failed in the past due to this disconnect between authorities and the public. This paper uses a novel approach in exploring the role of public perception in developing flood risk communication strategies in Europe. Results are presented of extensive quantitative research of 1375 questionnaire responses from thirteen communities at risk across six European countries. The research forms part of two research projects funded under the 2nd ERA-Net CRUE Funding Initiative: URFlood and FREEMAN. Risk perception is conceptualised as a pillar of social resilience, representing an innovative approach to the issue. From this process recommendations are identified for improving flood risk management plans through public participation. © 2012 Author(s). CC Attribution 3.0 License.


Schelfaut K.,Antea Group | Schelfaut K.,Ghent University | Pannemans B.,Antea Group | van der Craats I.,Antea Group | And 3 more authors.
Environmental Science and Policy | Year: 2011

The recent shift in flood risk management concedes that floods cannot be prevented but the impacts on and vulnerability of the risk prone communities can be reduced. Beyond mere structural defence, an integrated risk management approach deploys a diversified set of measures that moderate the economic and social drivers of risk and improve risk governance. In this context, the concept of resilience gains on importance despite the many challenges that obstruct its implementation in management practice. This paper contributes to tackling these challenges and elaborates on opportunities and bottlenecks to bring resilience into practice based on a review of the flood risk management in three case studies in Europe: Flanders (Belgium), Niedersachsen (Germany) and Calabria (Italy). The paper summarizes insights gained on three components of resilience being - institutional interplay, flood management tools and risk communication. The work that has lead to this paper is done under the FREEMAN project (flood resilience enhancement and management), funded under the 2nd CRUE ERA-Net Funding Initiative. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.


Junier S.,Technical University of Delft | Borowski I.,Seeconsult GmbH | Bouleau G.,IRSTEA | Mostert E.,Technical University of Delft
Issues in Environmental Science and Technology | Year: 2010

In the i-Five project, the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in Germany, France and the Netherlands was studied, specifically in three sub-basins, with a focus on the main challenges for this implementation: institutional organisation, coordination between levels, scales and sectors, appropriation and the role of expertise. From the comparison of the experiences in the three case-studies, six lessons are derived to support the improvement of the WFD implementation process in the next planning cycle. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2011.


Borowski I.,Seeconsult GmbH
Society and Natural Resources | Year: 2010

Since competing interests are an important challenge within sustainable river basin management, social learning is often featured in multistakeholder processes established to learn about and align differing interests. At the same time, multistakeholder processes are established as an element of formalized institutional settings, which often seem to impede social learning. In this article, I explore further potential to support social learning in river basin management based on a case study on the international Elbe River basin. The results of the study reveal that multistakeholder platforms are impeded due to their focus on differing interests. Representatives engage more readily in social learning with peers whom they do not perceive as their direct competitors. It is necessary to undertake capacity building for representatives prior to engaging in multistakeholder platforms. © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Hare M.,Seeconsult GmbH
Environmental Policy and Governance | Year: 2011

This article serves as a support for those interested in learning more about participatory modelling and its potential for widespread adoption by resource managers. The first part introduces the reader to four basic forms of participatory modelling, identified by classifying nine example participatory modelling processes. The second part considers the potential widespread adoption of participatory modelling by resource managers in the water sector, concluding that this potential is low. It proposes recommendations as to how the potential for the adoption of participatory modelling by water managers can be increased. One of the most important recommendations is that policy-makers should focus on the promotion of forms of participatory modelling that support social learning and the development of conceptual models. These forms of participatory modelling are considered most likely to be adopted, especially if they can be promoted in terms of supporting learning cycles within an Adaptive Water Resources Management approach. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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