5 Dec 2015

Sense-making for anticipatory adaptation to heavy snowstorms in urban areas, a paper co-authored by Anton Shkaruba and Viktar Kireyeu has been published in Urban Climate.

The paper takes a case of Xavier snowstorm of March 15–16, 2013 in two Belarusian cities of Minsk and Mahilioŭ, and uses it to demonstrate how failures in communication in organisation hamper adaptation to an extreme weather event even in such a snow-proof society as Belarus. Highly hierarchical governance by the state causes a number of institutional misfits and interplays resulting in major implementation and decision making deficits; for the same reason governmental organisations have limited capacity to learn and prepare for future adaptations. Non-state actors were reluctant to take pro-active approach on the phase of post-disaster sense-making, although they demonstrated strong leadership and selforganisation during the storm. Except generic governance issues in Belarus, this also can be due to mal-resilient institutional legacies lasting from USSR times.

5 Nov 2015

Erda RTE has become the fifth Dutch member of the European Land-Use Institute (ELI).

ELI is an independent multilateral cooperation platform that started 2011/12 funded through the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and continues now based on a collaboration agreement and in-kind contributions of the partners. Beyond, ELI maintains the partnership and its services on the basis of mutual collaboration projects and partially based on conferences. ELI is the European Nodal Office of the Global Land Project (GLP) with a thematic focus on land management, land use planning and land use policies. ELI cooperates with the International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE), International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Ecosystem Service Partnership (ESP) and German Alliance for Agricultural Research (DAFA).

30 Oct 2015

As a part of celebration of the UN's 70th anniversary, on October 29, 2015, Sanaka Samarasinha, the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, has presented the textbook “Climate Change: impacts, mitigation and adaptation” developed in cooperation with Erda RTE (Anton Shkaruba, Viktar Kireyeu) for graduate programs of Belarusian universities. The presentation was held in Vitsebsk State University for the representatives of Belarusian and international academia and NGOs, Belarusian Ministries of Environment and Education, international donors.

24 Oct 2015

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