12th international training course on flood disaster risk management in a changing climate

Training Course
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Training Services Department) (ADPC)
07-18 Oct 2013
Thailand (Bangkok)
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

Course Overview Asia has more than its fair share of natural disasters, and floods account for 40 per cent of the natural hazards affecting the region. Every year, floods cause colossal loss of lives and properties, which severely setback the development process. The recent climate change, global warming, rapid urbanization and socio-economic disparity are making the world, particularly Asia, vulnerable to floods. The need to combat the perennial problem of floods and resultant destruction has been at the forefront concern for most Asian nations, which calls for a proactive approach in establishing disaster risk reduction regime for safer and sustainable development. The International Training Course on Flood Disaster Risk Management in a changing climate (FDRM) has been designed to achieve the goal of creating flood resilient society. With rich experiences in providing similar courses for natural disaster mitigation at international level, ADPC provides a model training experience in this course by integrating study materials, case studies, audio visual tools, field visits and interactive learning strategies. The course also presents flood preparedness and mitigation experience from severely affected countries like Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and many other continents such as Africa. Course Objectives By completing the FDRM, participants will learn how to:

  • Discuss dynamics of flood risk in a changing climate

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

  • 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 with flood risk management strategies

  • Address cross-cutting issues in flood risk management

Course Module FDRM course offers an integrated approach to the development of flood risk reduction strategies, which enables a holistic view of flood risk and required measures for flood risk reduction. The course combines a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical exercises from international and local flood risk management experience. The course is divided into seven modules as follows: 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 Asia

  • Natural catastrophes occurrence in Asia 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

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Event fee

Package A with accommodation: US$3,175, Package B without accommodation: US$2,275

What is included in the event fee

Package A covers course tuition, training materials, single accommodation with breakfast (13 nights), two break refreshments & lunch (Monday-Friday) during the training, and study visits.

Target audience

This course is particularly useful for those concerned with the flood disaster risk management. It is open to all countries. Participation of decision makers, decision-makers, elected and appointed national and local administrators, the 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 is of a certain benefit to private land developers, personnel from emergency response, UN, and other international agencies, or NGOs working on disaster mitigation.

Participants must be fully conversant in English.

How to register

Please apply online or kindly send the complete registration form to:

Training Services Unit (TSU), Asian Disaster Preparedness Center 979/66-70, 24th Floor SM Tower, Paholyothin Road Samsen Nai, Phayathai Bangkok, 10400 Tel: +66 (02) 298 0681-92, Fax: +66 (02) 298 0012-13


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