According to the United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (2015), there has been an increase in the number of disasters globally. In many developing countries, landlocked mountainous countries, and coastal areas climate change is further magnifying the impacts of disasters. Extreme weather and changing climatic patterns, combined with a rapidly growing population, are having an increasing impact on our lives and livelihoods and the ecosystem as a whole. In the last three decades, floods, storm surges, droughts, earthquakes, and wildfires have killed millions of people worldwide and caused huge economic losses. These recurring disasters and increasing risks are undermining sustainable development globally. Unless disaster risks are reduced, sustainable development cannot be achieved.
In line with this, this new DRR course is offered in a collaboration between NIRAS and Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC).
The objective of the training is to introduce and discuss the concepts of disaster risk reduction and its management to managers and planners to help them to:
- Understand the concept of DRR and the terminology used in relation to risk, vulnerability and hazards
- Argue for the importance of, and reasons for, incorporating DRR measures in national and sector policies, budgeting, planning and execution
- Recognize the complex relationship between disaster and development and the cycle of disaster risk reduction from prevention and mitigation to response and recovery activities
- Understand the need to conduct risk reduction processes for development programmes and mainstream DRR into development planning, programmes, and budgeting
- Understand the underlying risks and their drivers and develop effective strategies and mechanisms for disaster risk reduction
- Become familiar with the importance of vulnerability and risk assessment, scientific and technical advancements and early warning systems to reduce risk and increase resilience
- Understand how knowledge and information management can sustain informed decision making for managing disaster risk and why it is essential for coordinated action
- Introduction to the learning programme and action planning
- Introduction to DRR
- Hazards, risks and vulnerabilities
- DRR and Governance
Policy and decision makers from governmental institutions, non-governmental organizations, private organizations, and companies involved in Danida-supported development cooperation activities with at least 3-5 years of professional experience and a good working knowledge of English.
Place and Duration
Denmark – 2 weeks
The course is co-funded by Danida Capacity Development Support Programme. After selection of course participants, the Danida programmes/projects are charged a non-refundable amount of DKK 7,000 per week. Total funding needs are DKK 14,000 per participant. This includes study fees, accommodation, allowances, insurances and international travel.