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Organizational Capacitities to Cope with Extreme Events (COPE)

Abstract

The Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicates the intensification of climate-related extreme events, with several impacts and accumulated social vulnerabilities, causing disasters with cascading effects. To face these scenarios of climate and social crises - worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic -, how can we develop transdisciplinary research methods and approaches that can support the implementation of policies to cope with weather- and climate extreme events? How can we develop a methodology to implement the United Nations' recommendation regarding the need of building of people-centered warning systems? Looking forward to answer these questions, the objective of the Project COPE is to analyze the organizational capacities of local governments and communities to cope with extreme events, and, based on this evidence, coproduce strategies to implement public policies. The research will adopt mixed-methods, such as online survey, interviews, focus group discussion and participatory workshops related to public policies implementation. The research partners mobilization and scientific dissemination will use webinars, social media engagement, data journalism techniques and production of one-minute videos to identify and share good practices of coping with extreme events. The idea of Project COPE is to bridge teaching, research, extension activities and public policies implementation, gathering public managers and communities at risk, valuing differences related to gender, age and people with impairments. The proposal is associated to the SDGs 11 and 13. (AU)

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