Climate Change and Disaster Risk (CCDR) is a four-week specialization course within the Natural Disaster Risk Management Program that aims at supporting the global agenda of Managing the risks associated with climate change through increased knowledge and awareness of development practitioners and policy makers at the national and local levels. The course gives a brief introduction to the science of climate change, reviews the climate change impacts on natural hazards, the trends in magnitude and frequency of climatic extremes and changes in average climatic conditions. It explores the inter-linkages between disaster risk management and climate change adaptation and outlines strategies, methods and tools for integrated climate risk management.
The main objective of the course is to provide a better understanding of the implications of climate change for disaster risk management. It reviews the causes, trends and impacts and introduces options – methods, tools - to consider for integrating climate change in disaster risk management.
The course consists of an introduction, the basic learning materials and a discussion forum to facilitate the learning via interaction with program faculty. The introduction includes a short course description, review of learning objectives and outcomes, and a summary of main issues. The basic learning materials consist of slide show presentations, 30 to 35 minutes each, case studies, and readings, quizzes and a final exam, and an end of the course project.
Discounts are available through group enrollment to encourage institutional learning.
This course is offered to disaster risk management professionals, development practitioners, government officials, policymakers, consultants, researchers and specialists of training and academic institutions, NGO representatives, humanitarian and community leaders, who are interested in acquiring fundamental knowledge of climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk management (DRM) and their linkages to sustainable development challenges.
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