The year 2007 marked a turning point in human history: half of the world population now lives in cities. Urbanization has led to an increased concentration of not only economic and social wealth, but poverty and vulnerability too.
Floods are one of the major causes of loss of human life and wealth in the urban context. Internal pressures due to uncontrolled urban expansion will compound the external pressures due to climate change in aggravating the flood risk in cities.
However, these same threats offer a wonderful opportunity for correcting old mistakes and adopting new approaches to reduce vulnerability. For example, the recent understanding of non-stationarity of the climate system has encouraged planners to move away from large, monolithic solutions -- that are technically complex, less adaptive and exhibit greater degree of failure impact -- towards more decentralized, flexible systems. Effective flood management today is necessarily a multi-disciplinary task. It is important to equip today's practitioners in the domains of flood risk management, urban planning and related disciplines, with modern scientific knowledge on integrated approaches to increase the flood resilience of urban systems. The course focuses on the understanding of urban flood vulnerability and resilience and on the development and implementation of interventions and strategies that enhance urban flood resilience.
The overall aim of the course is to strengthen knowledge and capacity of the alumni of UNESCO-IHE, working in the Asian region for the improved management of increased urban flood risk due to external and internal threats.
Mid-career professionals involved in all aspects of urban flood management, to apply for this course. In addition to the UNESCO-IHE faculty, we invite experts from cities of Asia that have experience in urban flood management. Therefore, applicants from Asian cities with flood risk can expect to benefit from the experiences of these experts. Female professionals are especially encouraged to apply. While we invite applications from South-Asia and South-east Asia, we will limit the number of participants from South-east Asia due to financial constraints.
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