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Project name:VOICE - Voluntary work in disaster management - Challenges for adaptation to climate change
Project leader:Sebastian Seebauer
Project team: Sebastian Seebauer (Postdoc: project lead, volunteers as change agents),
Philipp Babcicky (PhD student: volunteers as change agents),
Gabriel Bachner (PhD student: economic evaluation of voluntary work),
Andrea Damm (PhD Student: climate change and deployment of emergency services)
Partners:Environment Agency Austria;
riocom - Consulting Engineers for Water Management and Environmental Engineering;
Institute of Mountain Research: Man and Environment, Austrian Academy of Sciences


This project is sponsored by the Austrian Climate and Energy Funds in the frame of the "ACRP"-program ACRP 5th call
Duration:Mar. 2013 - Mar. 2015



VOICE assesses future strategies for voluntary emergency and relief services facing increasing ex-treme weather events due to climate change, expected constraints in public funding and diminishing volunteer workforce. VOICE investigates pro-active and reactive adaptation options from a socio-psychological and economic perspective. VOICE thus provides decision support for stakeholders in risk management and ultimately aims to ease adaptive capacity building in sensitive regions.

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