Over the past 20 years disasters have affected 4.4 billion people, caused USD 2 trillion of damage and killed 1.3 million people. Disasters have affected people living in developing countries and, in particular, the most vulnerable communities within these countries.
Particularly in the context of increased urbanization, urban risk continues to rise. The vulnerability of cities to disasters is growing especially as poor people settle in high-risk urban areas. Unfortunately, the planning and development of cities has given little consideration to the consequences of hazards such as earthquakes, hydro-meteorological risks and others. The implication of this reality is the need for countries to focus on creating a safer world for urban dwellers and developing a series of innovative approaches to build resilience.
On the basis of these needs, UNITAR has developed the e-learning course Urban Risk Reduction: Developing and Implementing Resilience Action Plans for Cities.
This e-learning course aims to strengthen the capacities of government officials, especially those at the local level, and disaster management professionals to design and implement plans and programmes that reduce disaster risk and enhance resilience.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Raise awareness about the Making Cities Resilient (MRC) Campaign;
- Identify initiatives and best practices on how to integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adoption into urban planning;
- Assess the risk management situation in their cities by using a tool;
- Develop a safe and resilient country/city action plan;
- Analyze the purpose, the goals and the outcome of the HFA and HFA2
Content and Structure
- Module 1: Disaster Risks Reduction Concepts and Introduction to Current Trends
- Module 2: Introduction to Making Cities Resilient (MCR) Global Campaign and Campaign Tools
- Module 3: The Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LG-SAT)
- Module 4: Mainstreaming DRR into Sectoral Programmes for Socio-Economic Development - Part I
- Module 4: Mainstreaming DRR into Sectoral Programmes for Socio-Economic Development - Part II
- Module 5: Developing, Implementing, Monitoring & Evaluating Safe and Resilient Action Plans
- Module 6: Developing a Strategy for Scaling-up Resilient City Action Plans
- Module 7: Hyogo Framework for Action & Post 2015 Framework for DRR
This 7-module course is based on UNITAR’s sound adult learning pedagogical principles. The modules include interactive lessons that introduce the participant to the conceptual foundations of disaster risk reduction and urban resilience. Taking advantage of the opportunities of technology-enhanced learning, the learning materials are presented through various media, such as text, graphs, images and video material, which contribute to better retention and enhance the learning process.
Besides the interactive lessons, participants engage in a set of practical exercises, where they can apply the knowledge gained to a real-life situation. Collaborative activities and discussion forums are other core elements of the course, organized to create collective knowledge and to facilitate interaction and experience sharing. The course also includes formative exercises as well as quizzes. A moderator guides participants through all the learning activities.
The course is open to city and local government officials, disaster management professionals, and representatives from academic and training institutions working on disaster risk reduction.