Post-Graduate Course on Eco-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 or national training institution interested in teaching it.
In order to request the materials, please send us a formal request in writing from your institution.

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 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
Ten sessions including on group wrok
2 Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction or Eco-DRR 15
Eight sessions including one group work and one case study or field trip
3 Eco-DRR instruments and approaches 15
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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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Nature-based Solutions for Disaster and Climate Resilience

October 13, 2020

Do you want to find out how nature can help in protecting people from disasters and solving the climate crisis? Then this free online course is for you! Learn what young people and teachers, policy makers, practitioners, businesses and engineers can do to get involved in our race against the climate emergency.

MOOC: Ecosystem services: a Method for Sustainable Development

April 29, 2020

Ecosystem services are a way of thinking about – and evaluating – the goods and services provided by nature that contribute to the well-being of humans. This MOOC will cover scientific (technical), economic, and socio-political dimensions of the concept through a mix of theory, case-studies, interviews with specialists and a serious-game. This course was developed by instructors from the University of Geneva with the help of numerous researchers and input from the Geneva Water Hub and the Natural Capital Project.

Beyond Engineering: Building with Nature

March 31, 2020

TU/Delft launched a course where you will learn how to build a relevant coalition of stakeholders to support the design and implementation of ecosystem-based hydraulic infrastructures. After learning basic stakeholder mapping and game theory techniques, you will apply Social Design Principles to a Building with Nature ecosystem-based design case. This will equip you to identify promising collaborative arrangements for your engineering or planning practice.

Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate Source Book

October 1, 2019

This book explains the importance of ecosystems and their management for DRR and CCA and provides guidance to plan and implement ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (Eco-DRR/EbA).

MOOC: Disasters and Ecosystems Resilience in a Changing Climate

January 2, 2015

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. Although the course is no longer active, the course videos and accompanying book can be viewed here.


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