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The Damir Čemerin Award: An acceptance speech amongst climate issues. I am honoured to be selected for the 2013 Damir Čemerin Award of Local Change for helping people to deal with disasters. This award reflects my colleagues and teams much more than me. Two initiatives stand out. First, a seven-institute consortium funded by the Norwegian Research Council developed policy and practice guidance to assist Norwegian municipalities in tackling extreme weather in the context of climate change. In addition to academic publications, we produced a website klimakommune.no and a report to assist municipal workers. The focus areas were drinking water, cultural heritage, biodiversity, and reducing flood risk.

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The Damir Čemerin Award: An acceptance speech amongst climate issues

Published on Monday, 23rd September, 2013 at 07:48 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

I am honoured to be selected for the 2013 Damir Čemerin Award of Local Change for helping people to deal with disasters. This award reflects my colleagues and teams much more than me.

Damir Čemerin who passed away in June 2013
Damir Čemerin who passed away in June 2013
Photo: Courtesy of the United Nations


Two initiatives stand out. First, a seven-institute consortium funded by the Norwegian Research Council developed policy and practice guidance to assist Norwegian municipalities in tackling extreme weather in the context of climate change.

In addition to academic publications, we produced a website klimakommune.no and a report to assist municipal workers. The focus areas were drinking water, cultural heritage, biodiversity, and reducing flood risk.

The second effort has been funded by Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Research Council amongst many others. The Many Strong Voices programme works with peoples from the Arctic and tropical island states to meet the challenges of climate change.

Climate change is uprooting many communities and turning their environments topsy-turvy. Yet the people have amazing wisdom, dedication, and energy in making their cultures and identities stronger.

Their successes and recommendations are rarely heard outside their own communities, although they have plenty to offer the rest of the world. Many Strong Voices spreads the people’s stories and advice far and wide, while providing them with the external support that they request.

A flagship of the programme is Portraits of Resilience. This project trains children in the Arctic and on the islands to use photography for promoting their visions and reflections about their future under climate change.

I have learned so much through the privilege of working with these diverse groups. I hope that I, and the others on our teams, will continue to apply that knowledge and expertise to further reduce disaster risks.

I receive the award in Oslo on 23 September at the 4th meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction. Thank you to all those who have inspired me, helping me to help others.

Dr. Ilan Kelman is aSenior Research Fellowat the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO).



Published on Monday, 23rd September, 2013 at 07:48 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

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