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    Date: 06 Mar - 29 Oct 2012

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Online diploma: Integrated DRR/community based adaptation courses

MAIN ORGANIZER(S): Center for Sustainable Development (CSDi)

Type: Training Course Date: 06 Mar - 29 Oct 2012 Location: Online event Venue: Online

CSDi is announcing the March launch of a diploma module of eight online Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Community Based Adaptation (CBA) & Rural Development field courses. These courses begin by introducing basic climate change concepts, and develop as participants identify local community vulnerabilities, identify climate change risks and hazards, investigate appropriate solutions, develop full projects, launch and manage them. A strong course component is the integration of DRR and CBA within course participant’s traditional development projects.

DRR-focused projects developed by course participants have included:

- participatory vulnerability and capacity assessments
- community-based risk identification and reduction programs
- hazard mapping
- disaster risk management
- emergency preparedness
- resilience to extreme weather conditions
- community flood resilience program; flood preparation, response and recovery
- forming community based flood management (response) committees
- community awareness-raising of disaster risk and response
- use of bio-engineering for slope stabilization and run-off reduction for landslide and flash flood reduction

CSDi provides the following course/continuing learning resources:

- 200 manuals & field guides of development activities
- 300 Community Based Adaptation for Climate Change field activities
- Community-based training guides for 150 development activities
- Scholarship opportunities for citizens of developing nations

Online course participants are using our courses to develop real, on-the-ground projects with real communities - both individually and through North/South student partnerships. People from 116 different countries and 350 organizations used CSDi online courses to develop projects impacting 185,000 people.

CSDi supplies two levels of mentoring. Each week’s assignment will be accompanied by a clear, professional example of what we want you to achieve that week. We will also provide comments, suggestions and encouragement for each one of your assignments individually. They want you to develop high quality outputs, and they also want you to understand the hows and whys.

The classes are designed to be fun and interactive: you will not only be working with your community, you will be collaborating with colleagues from around the globe.

Event website:

What is included in the event fee

- Documents on course topics by contemporary experts.
- Books, posters and manuals available online for download.
- Internet development links organized by sector.
- Class blog for sharing your stories and photos from the field.
- Class forum for posting questions to your classmates.
- There are no books to buy - all course materials can be linked to, or downloaded from the course site at no additional cost.

Target Audience

Course participants are of all different ages, genders and professions - and have included Southern and Northern development students, field staff, grant writers, project managers, directors, and donor staff. These are online courses that have a local, in-country field component. Northern participants who don't have community access are partnered with Southern participants that do have community access.

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