04.08.2011 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Extremes: Natural Disasters in Changing Climate. Belpasso International Summer School on Environmental and Resource Economics

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UNESCO Venice Office supports the International Summer School on Environmental and Resource Economics hosted in Belpasso, in the Province of Catania, Sicily, Italy from 4 to 10 September 2011. The School is organised by the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Catania (UNICT), the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), with the sponsorship of the Municipality of Belpasso. This year's topic is "Extremes: Natural Disasters in Changing Climate".

Over the past few decades, the world has witnessed a striking increase in the economic losses caused by natural disasters, driven by population and economic growth. Human-induced climate change has the potential to alter the prevalence and severity of extremes events such as heat waves, cold waves, storms, floods and droughts. Detecting, let alone predicting, these changes is a difficult task that will not be accomplished until the impacts of climate change become more pronounced. A better understanding of the vulnerabilities to extreme events under current and future climates may help to avoid further aggravating of the adverse impacts on human health, the society and the environment. Bringing the natural hazard risk prevention and climate adaptation efforts together is a first step down the road to make this happen.

The broader objective of the School is to provide advanced training for young researchers who are also EAERE members from all over Europe and beyond on European issues of environmental and resource economics. The faculty is comprised of leaders in the field, and offers an overall coverage of the specialist area. In particular, the lectures will focus on: Extreme Environmental Events; Macroeconomic Effects of Extreme Events; Economic Costs of Droughts and Floods; Climate Change and Global Damages from Tropical Cyclones; Climate Change and Agricultural Systems; and, Economic and Social Vulnerability and Resilience to Natural Disasters.

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