Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Short Course
This course is a collaboration between the Institute of Development Studies and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh.
What needs to be done differently so as to make sure that disaster risk reduction (DRR) is aligned with the needs of adaptation to climate change?
It is not always obvious how these two areas of work need to work together, and how both must also operate in the wider context of development. This course is based on the experience of both IDS Climate Change Team, and ICCCAD in Bangladesh in running courses that integrate the understanding of disasters in the context of climate change.
Who would benefit from this course?
The course lasts for five days, and is aimed at staff from NGOs in the UK and abroad, government staff, people from international organisations and aid agencies, and independent consultants and interested individuals. Participants may be working already in relation to disasters, but need to integrate this work with climate change. Or working on climate change and unsure how to link up with DRR.
What will the course cover?
Key contributions will be made by IDS climate change and disaster specialists, together with specialists from ICCCAD and their UK partner, IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development).
The course will cover topics including:
· What is climate change and its different types of impacts – and how DRR needs to take account of these differences
· Understanding the social construction of disasters, and their links with climate change and development
· Gender issues in the context of climate change adaptation and disaster preparedness
· Knowledge and power: integrating indigenous and external knowledge for effective DRR
· Adaptation in the face of the unknown: how do people adapt to uncertainty?
· Assessing vulnerability and capacity: using participatory tools for risk reduction
· Integrating early-warning systems in regard to climate-related hazards
· Community-based disaster risk reduction: constraints and benefits
Course structure and outcomes
The course will promote practical tools and be based on participatory methods. These will include the Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management approach developed recently by IDS with its partners in ten countries of Africa and Asia. Participants will be encouraged to prepare a work plan for completion during the course that shows how they will work differently as a result of the course, and how they might influence their organisation for better integration of DRR with climate change adaptation.
By the end of the programme participants will be able to:
· Understand the basics of how global warming is affecting extreme events and increasing vulnerability to hazards
· Have increased awareness of the need to integrate DRR with adaptation to climate change, in the context of development and poverty-reduction activities
· Understand the significance of gender as a factor in both disaster risk and effects of climate change
· Awareness of how they need to act differently on a personal and institutional level in order to deal with disasters in the context of climate change
· Competence in use of tools and methods for participatory risk assessments
· Understanding of the benefits and constraints of community-based disaster risk reduction and adaptation, especially the problems of the mismatch between people’s livelihood needs and living in dangerous places, and the cultural factors in perception of risk that reduce effective DRR.
Who are the trainers?
All staff involved in facilitating this course will be specialists in relation to disasters and climate change, with considerable practical, research and teaching experience on these topics.
The course will be led by Terry Cannon (IDS). Other expected facilitators include:
· Dr Saleemul Huq (Director of ICCCAD, Senior Fellow at IIED)
· David Dodman (ICCCAD and IIED)
How much will this course cost?
The cost of this 5-day course is £1,500. The fee includes all tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments on each day of the course. We regret that there is no funding available for this course.
Travel and course requirements
Participants will be responsible for arranging their own travel/visa and accommodation and any other costs incurred. Arrival will be on 30 June and departure no earlier than the evening of 5th July. The course will run from 9am to 5pm each day.
The course will be taught in English therefore participants must be proficient in English to benefit from the training.
Apply for this course
Before using the online application form below please read the Terms & Conditions document (pdf) first.