Master Course on DRR

In order to influence the next generation of policymakers and decision makers, PEDRR collaborated with the Cologne University of Applied Sciences’ Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) and its global network of universities, to develop a Master’s Elective Course on Disasters, Environment and Risk Reduction.

Compiled by researchers and practitioners from more than 15 countries and institutions worldwide, the module contains 50 hours of teaching material, divided into approximately 30 sessions (corresponding to 3-5 credits). It is now available in Spanish and French!
The course is free of charge and available to any university interested in teaching it.

Course topics include

  • Understanding disaster risk reduction and resilience
  • Disaster trends analysis
  • Ecosystem management tools for disaster risk reduction
  • Climate change and ecosystem-based adaptation
  • Mainstreaming into development
  • Ecological engineering

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PEDRR Virtual Library – available online

The PEDRR Virtual library compiles all types of references on Eco-DRR, drawing from materials featured in PEDRR’s Weekly Eco-DRR Newsletter, as well as from other sources. The references consist of reports, scientific journals, news articles, books and videos. This Virtual Library is yours – please use and share widely. If you would like to add references to the Virtual Library, please write to pedrr.secretariat@gmail.com or click here.

You can access the Virtual Library here and search for references based in the type of hazard.

CNRD Network

  • Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile
  • Ain Shams University, Egypt
  • Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
  • University of Jordan, Jordan
  • Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Module Content
Block name Teaching hours Content
1 Elements of Disaster Risk Reduction 15
hours
Ten sessions including on group wrok
2 Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction or Eco-DRR 15
hours
Eight sessions including one group work and one case study or field trip
3 Eco-DRR instruments and approaches 15
hours
Nine sessions including one case of study or field trip
4 Mainstreaming Environment and DRR 5 hours Four sessions including one role play

Course topics include understanding disaster risk and resilience, disaster trends analysis, ecosystem management tools for disaster risk reduction, climate change and ecosystem-based adaptation, mainstreaming into development, ecological engineering, among others.

The Course is proposed as an elective course to existing Masters degrees such as in geography, natural resources management, water resources management and IWRM, coastal zone management, agricultural sciences, urban planning, environmental sciences, climate change studies and international development studies.

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Resilience in a Changing

November 13, 2019

First launched in 2015 with more than 12,000 participants, the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate’ was relaunched in 2017 with revised material and interviews.

Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate

November 21, 2019

First launched in 2015 with more than 12,000 participants, the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate’ was relaunched in 2017 with revised material and interviews.

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