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Short course: Technology in disaster risk reduction and response

  • Type: Training Course
  • Date: 06-08 Feb 2013
  • Location: South Africa (Cape Town)
  • Venue: Provincial Disaster Management Centre in Cape Town


Worldwide growing frequency and magnitude of extreme environmental events (such as floods, landslides and drought) have intensified research interest in these events, in particular regarding the level of risk they pose in different locations, the vulnerability of communities and their response capabilities. United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and University of the Free State Disaster Management Training and Education (UFS-DiMTEC) explores on how to investigate the threats that environmental degradation, unsustainable land use practices, and natural and man-made hazards pose to human security. Their research work is devoted to developing capacity in particular in disaster risk reduction and giving advice to strategy and decision-makers.

The aim of the course is to provide participants with a broad overview of space-based and other technologies for disaster risk reduction and response. This will include available various tools and methods, analysis of existing international response and support mechanisms as well as the best international practices.

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Target audience

This course is oriented to postgraduate students who are in the second phase of their studies in Disaster Management area or PhD students in the starting phase of their studies; practitioners that work in matters related to disaster risk reduction and risk management and in particular on early warning, prevention, response and mitigation. This course would also be of interest to government officials. It assumes that the applicant has already some background in geography, economics, social science, engineering, anthropology, environmental and/or natural science or related disciplines.

How to register

To apply please fill attached form and send it together with your CV to phd_block_course@ehs.unu.edu.

Deadline for applications: 23 January 2013.

For more information about our course please see the course description or contact the organizer, Dipl.-Ing. Vilma Hossini (phd_block_course@ehs.unu.edu)

Inquiries regarding the course fees should be addressed to Ms. Alice Ncube at the University of Free State (ncubea@ufs.ac.za or 0027 51 401 2721/9701). The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) or University of the Free State (UFS) DiMTEC WILL NOT cover any travel, local transport or accommodation costs of students accepted. Accepted participants will have to organize their own accommodation while attending the short course.


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  • Themes:Capacity Development, Community-based DRR, Governance, Space Technology
  • Hazards:Drought, Flood, Land Slide
  • Countries/Regions:South Africa

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/29634

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