Risk management of extreme weather related disasters and climate change adaption in Malawi and Zambia-project (Academy of Finland)

The project called SAFE-MET has the aim to examine and test ways to strengthen societies’ resilience to climate and weather related hazards, and to enhance the multi-disciplinary climate change research in Zambia and Malawi.

Date: 2013 - 2014 (24 months)

Aim of the project: To examine, propose and test ways to strengthen societies’ resilience to climate and weather related hazards, and to enhance the multi-disciplinary climate change research in Zambia and Malawi, two of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, now facing additional challenges related to climatic variability and climate change. To reach these aims, the project has two inter-linked themes. The first one is to improve Malawi’s and Zambia’s preparedness for natural disasters by evaluating and improving the current meteorological network and early warning systems. Early warning systems will be assessed from both an operational and a financial viewpoint. The second theme focuses on adaptation to climate change and disaster risk management by studying climate change adaptation in agriculture and aid supply chains, and analysing the linkages between disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

Funded by: Academy of Finland

Countries of the project: Malawi, Zambia

Partners: Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Zambia Meteorological Department, Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Malawi, Department of Disaster Management Affairs, Malawi, The University of Zambia, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Malawi, Bunda College of Agriculture, Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), Zambia, University of Malawi, LEAD Southern and Eastern Africa, University of Tampere

Projects members at Hanken: Gyöngyi Kovács, Minchul Sohn

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