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The need to bring together climate and humanitarian communities

Sharing a story written by my colleague, Cathy Vaughan, on the collaboration between the climate and humanitarian communities to reduce the risks and impacts of disasters...

Climate-related disasters can have a devastating impact on human life and development. Globally, climate events including floods, droughts, cyclones, heat waves and mudslides contribute to tens of thousands of deaths, hundreds of thousands of injuries and billions of dollars in economic losses each year. In recent years, it's become clear that such losses can be greatly reduced when climate information is used for early warning and preparedness. It's also increasingly clear that climate information is most effective when the climate and humanitarian communities work together.

To help bridge the gap between these two communities,the International Research Institute for Climate and Society has teamed up with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA),the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre. The team recently wrapped up its first activity: a two-day workshop in
Nairobi, Kenya designed to give humanitarian actors in East Africa a better sense of the kinds of climate information tools available and provide concrete examples of how these tools can be used to inform disaster risk management...

The rest of the piece is here.

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Comment by Philipp Aerni on May 25, 2010 at 12:18
The latest issue of ATDF Journal (volume 6 issue 3/4) on orphan crops and climate change has now been published online ( ).

Please have also a look at our revised ATDF website ( It aims to become a leading information and matchmaking platform for African entrepreneurs (the matching platform will be installed in June).


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