Training Course on Flood Disaster Risk Management in a Changing Climate

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The world has more than its fair share of natural disasters, and floods account for 40 percent of the natural hazards affecting the region. Every year, floods cause the loss of a number of lives and considerable damage to properties, which severely sets back the development process. The climate change, global warming, rapid urbanization and socio-economic disparity are making the world, vulnerable to floods. The need to combat the perennial problem of floods and resultant destruction has been a forefront concern for most third world nations, which calls for a proactive approach to establishing a disaster risk reduction regime for safer and sustainable development.

Intended Audience

This course is particularly useful for professionals working with flood disaster risk management. The course is open to participants from all countries. Participation of decision-makers, elected and appointed national and local administrators, development and planning authorities, water engineers and flood control professionals, officials in urban planning, housing, public works, and water resource and management is especially encouraged. The course will likewise benefit private land developers, emergency response personnel, UN and other international agencies, and NGOs working on disaster mitigation.


5 days

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the dynamics of flood risk in a changing climate

  • Evaluate the extent of flood risk and vulnerability, and assess the capacity to respond

  • Develop comprehensive strategies for flood risk management in a changing climate

  • Apply climate-smart structural and non-structural measures for flood risk mitigation

  • Develop preparedness and response plans for effective flood risk reduction

  • Integrate flood recovery programs to flood risk management strategies

  • Address cross-cutting issues in flood risk management

Course Content

The course discusses an integrated approach to the development of flood risk reduction strategies enabling a holistic view to flood risks and flood risk reduction. The course offers a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical exercises exploring international and local flood risk management experiences. It is divided into seven modules.

Module 1: Introduction to Integrated Flood Risk Management

  • Basic concepts and terminologies in disaster risk management

  • Hydro-meteorological hazards, their formation and predictability

  • Flood disaster situation in Africa, Asia, Europe and America

  • Natural catastrophes occurrence in third world countries and the global nature and causes of floods and secondary hazards

Module 2: Climate Change and Impending Flood Risk

  • Concept of climate change and global warming

  • Climate change and flood vulnerability challenges in implementing flood risk reduction interventions under

  • Challenging circumstances of climate change

  • Developing climate outlook/scenario and finding option for adaptation to climate change

Module 3: Flood Risk Assessment

  • Basic principles and aspects of flood assessment

  • Process of flood vulnerability and capacities assessment

  • Process of flood risk assessment

  • Community-based flood risk assessment

Module 4: Flood Risk Mitigation

  • Concept and importance of flood plain management for flood risk mitigation

  • Tools for flood plan management

  • Climate smart structural interventions and its importance on flood risk mitigation

  • Flood-proofing in a multi-hazard environment

  • Integrated watershed management in a changing climate: a non-structural intervention for flood risk mitigation

  • Urban and rural development planning for flood risk reduction

  • Public awareness and capacity building for flood risk reduction

Module 5: Flood Disaster Preparedness and Response Planning Process

  • Flood disaster preparedness framework

  • Flood Contingency Planning Process

  • Flood forecasting and early warning systems

  • Flood emergency management

  • Flood evacuation process

  • Flood search and rescue

Module 6: Flood Recovery Planning & Implementation

  • Concepts of flood recovery planning & implementation

  • Flood damage and need assessment

  • Guidelines for sustainable recovery programs

Module 7: Crosscutting Issues

  • Economics of flood risk management

  • Financial tools for flood risk reduction

  • Relevant issues on trans-boundary, governance and gender

Further Information


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.

Registration Fee

USD 1,100.00

Further information on registration and group tariffs can be found on the training website.

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