Developing regions are particularly vulnerable to disasters spawned or magnified by extreme climatic events, including storms floods, droughts, heavy downpours and heat-waves. The frequency and severity of such events is expected to increase significantly with climate change, manifested both as direct impacts and indirectly through interacting with other drivers and stressors in coupled human-natural systems.
START’s initiatives on disaster risk management build individual and institutional capacities for integrated, multidisciplinary research and assessment and enable communication between communities of science, policy and practice to support informed decision-making. START is the capacity building partner of the ICSU program Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) and collaborates with this program’s International Center of Excellence (ICoE) based in Taipei, Taiwan, to implement a range of capacity building activities including, advanced training institutes, visiting fellow programs, training workshops, curriculum development and international conferences. The Advanced Institute on Forensic Investigation of Disasters (FORIN) will engage young scientists from Southeast Asia.
START’s programs on Asian Cities at Risk (CAR) and the Coastal Cities at Risk (CCAR) programs support strategies and assessments of urban adaptation that reduce social and environmental vulnerability of the rapidly growing mega cities of the world. START in partnership with the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has established a regional grants program on the Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia to support research and assessment on disaster risk in the region and facilitate communication among scientists, practitioners and decision-makers.
The IRDR International Centre of Excellence (ICoE) in Taipei, together with START, IRDR and ICSU, is pleased to announce the 2012 Advanced Institute on Forensic Investigation of Disasters (FORIN) – Southeast Asia. The Institute, to be held 12-18 March 2012 at the IRDR ICoE in Taipei, will provide approximately 15-20 young to middle-career researchers and practitioners from Southeast Asia with the enhanced understanding, skills and resources to design, organize and carry out FORIN related studies in their own countries.
The overall objective of the Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR): Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities Program is to develop the knowledge base and enhance the capacity of mega-cities to successfully adapt to and when necessary cope with risks posed by the effects of climate change, including sea level rise, in the context of urban growth and development.