The Disaster and Development Centre, Northumbria University together with Kathmandu University organised a seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction Studies in Higher Education: Linking Communities for Livelihood Security. This was held in Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal, 01-02 July 2007. The event was organised as a part of the programme on ‘People Centred Hazard and Vulnerability Mitigation in Disaster Risk Management’. As a DelPHE sponsored seminar, it brought together DelPHE partners, together with other disasters studies interest groups. It constituted an exchange experience and views on key challenges facing the implementation of disaster risk reduction studies in south Asia, especially in Bangladesh, Nepal and the UK. Plans for future working together were also drafted.
The seminar was enriched by participants from multiple disciplines, from Bangladesh, India, Japan, Nepal and the United Kingdom but it’s focus was more on Bangladesh and Nepal. The seminar exchanged the teaching and research practices for higher education in Bangladesh, Nepal and the United Kingdom in advancing disaster risk reduction education. It was focused on evidence based research; research lead teaching, disaster risk knowledge transfer for higher education teaching, and the challenge of linking community to higher education studies in disaster risk management. The participants of the seminar examined how education, including higher education can play an important role in helping to create disaster resilience communities in south Asia. However, sustainable disaster risk reduction education could only be implemented by linking evidence based local practices.
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