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Start-off meeting for the MICRODIS ‘Extreme Events’ integrated project announced for 18-19 April 2007

The devastation caused by extreme events leads to incredible human suffering. The MICRODIS integrated project “Integrated Health Social and Economic Impacts of Extreme Events: Evidence, Methods and Tools” strives to minimise the impact of extreme events by devising strategies for prevention, mitigation and preparedness. This international project involving partners from both Asia and the EU will hold its start-off meeting on 18-19 April 2007 in Brussels.

Integrated Health Social and Economic Impacts of Extreme Events: Evidence, Methods and Tools

Recent events such as the Pakistan earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, the Indian Ocean tsunami and the European heat waves of 2003 reveal the vulnerability of societies to extreme events. The goal of this project is to strengthen prevention, mitigation and preparedness strategies in order to reduce the health, social and economic impacts of extreme events on communities. The objectives of the MICRODIS project are to strengthen the scientific and empirical foundation on the relationship between extreme events (earthquakes, floods and windstorms) and their impacts; to develop and integrate knowledge, concepts, methods and databases towards a common global approach and to improve human resources and coping capacity in Asia and Europe through training and knowledge sharing.

This integrated project involves partners from Asia and Europe, including research and ground roots institutions. The outputs will include an evidence-base on impacts, field methodologies and tools for data compilation, impact models, and integrated vulnerability assessments. It will also strengthen standardised data collection of extreme events and their impacts at local, regional and global levels.

With the aim of launching the project, a start-off meeting will be held on 18-19 April 2007 in Brussels. The meeting is organized by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) representing the Université catholique de Louvain as the coordinator of this project. Representatives of the 16 partners of the Consortium, officials from the Université catholique de Louvain as well as from the European Commission, will be present.


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