Population growth, urbanisation and increased settlement in exposed areas intensifies people’s vulnerability to natural hazards. The number of people displaced by disasters is at least three times higher than those displaced by conflict. NORCAP invests in efforts to reduce the impact of natural hazards in order to save lives, reduce economic losses and avoid displacement.
People, communities and countries become more resilient when their ability to anticipate, prevent, manage and recover from crisis is strengthened. NORCAP support in terms of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation includes helping develop and coordinate national policies and action plans.
In the vulnerable Sahel region in West-Africa, NORCAP provides broad support to a variety of partners to build resilience against the recurrent drought and floods. Our experts help to develop and improve strategies at the local, national and regional level, with climate services as a key component.
By building resilience and focusing on longer term goals, NORCAP helps vulnerable countries and communities prevent and prepare for future crisis. Ensuring that relevant and understandable climate information reaches decision makers, vulnerable groups and local communities in sufficient time for them to plan and adapt is crucial, and NORCAP experts play a vital role in making this happen.