The pronounced vulnerability of communities combined with increasing numbers of naturally induced disastrous events call for sustainable development and effective risk management. The implementation of disaster risk information in spatial planning procedures is a key element in the effort to reduce the impact of future disasters. Integration of risk assessments into spatial planning and land use allocation supports sustainable development and coping strategies for disaster risk reduction (DRR).
The training course forms a collaborative project between CCOPTS and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany (BGR) for the CCOP Member Countries. The project was proposed by BGR and approved at the 66th CCOP Steering Committee meeting in Siem Reap, Cambodia in March 2016, with final approval from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany on July 14, 2016. It is agreed that at least three training courses will be carried out in 2017-2018, each 13 days duration, in Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam. The first training course was successfully conducted on 20th February to 2nd March 2017, in Bangkok, Thailand.
The training course aims to provide a general introduction into the subject of disaster risk management and the interrelationships between Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The course gives a sound introduction to the use of spatial data to analyze, map and visualize hazard, vulnerability and risk exposition of elements at risk and to perform risk assessments to support risk-sensitive spatial planning, decision making processes and preparedness planning in the framework of DRM. The course provides an introduction to GIS-based spatial risk assessment with a focus on earthquake, volcanic, landslide and flooding hazard on a regional scale. The participants will be exposed to knowledge, skills and tools to analyze and present relevant spatial information on hazard, vulnerability and risk. They will learn on the multi-hazard risk assessments and related information as basic input for risk-sensitive regional spatial planning and decision making.
The training course will be facilitated by Dr. Dirk Balzer and Dr. Dirk Kuhn, both from the BGR, who are experienced practitioners with regional proficiency. They have conducted similar courses in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Argentina in the Central and South Americas.
The training course encompasses the following modules: