Refresher course in
Community-Based Risk Assessment and Strategy Development
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The issue of risk from natural hazards, particularly climate change, is one of the major global challenges of urban development in the 21st century. Nowadays planners, land managers and engineers working in an urban development context all face the question of how to assess the risk of diverse natural hazards that might occur or have already occurred, as well as the vulnerability of the local population. This is especially true of cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, where floods, landslides, heat waves and droughts are common phenomena these days.
The course focuses on flood risk management. This topic has been chosen because the city of Kampala (where the course will be held) is exposed to this major risk. The concepts taught regarding risk assessment and the identification of adaptation strategies can be applied to other risk domains as well. The experiences and specific situations of the course participants within their own organizations and cities are considered and discussed during the course.
NFP alumni who have originally been trained in the collection, use, application and management of geo-information for urban planning and management, natural resource management or land administration, and/or who are presently active in risk and hazard management, municipal climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy development, or other community-based urban management tasks.
What will be achieved?
Upon completion of this refresher course participants should:
- be able to understand urban development and urban hydrology as the main driving forces of enforced urban flooding.
- be able to understand the main concepts of flood-related hazard and risk, resilience and vulnerability.
- be able to understand human-induced climate change as a major driver of increased flooding.
- be able to conduct risk, hazard and vulnerability assessment using GIS tools.
- be able to organize community-based participatory mapping and assessment activities.
- have insights into and practical experience of developing and implementing local projects concerned with adaptation to increased flood risk.
Module 1 (1st week): Hazard and risk assessment
- Day 1: Introduction and basics of urban development (welcome, introduction to course programme, introduction of course participants, urban hydrology, urban and informal development)
- Day 2: Climate change, flood and run-off modelling (climate change, climate change scenarios, flood modelling, run-off modelling)
- Day 3: Participatory mapping and flood vulnerability (participatory vulnerability assessment, SMCE)
- Day 4: Introduction to case study work (selection of case study areas, visit to case study areas, interviews with local citizens, mapping activities)
- Day 5: City-wide risk assessment and detailed risk assessment for case study areas
Module 2 (2nd week): Flood response and strategy development
- Day 6: Implementing sustainable drainage systems (SuDS: design, goals, techniques)
- Day 7: Community-based local catchment management (identifying and prioritizing local options, focus group discussions in case study areas)
- Day 8: Integrating local catchment management into urban planning and community management
- Day 9: Enhancing city-wide drainage planning, implementing integrated flood management
- Day 10: Group presentation of case study projects, discussion, wrap-up, evaluation, closing ceremony, presentation of certificates
Profile of ITC counterpart(s)
Makerere University has conducted long‐term research and education in various fields, including environmental management, urban and regional studies, and climate change. The university offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (under which the Department of Geography and Climate Science falls) offers education and research in a variety of fields. Within the School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, the college runs a multidisciplinary centre on climate change.
For more information: www.caes.mak.ac.ug
Starting date and location
The refresher course will be held at Makarere University in Kampala, Uganda, from 2 to 13 December.
Applicants should preferably be NFP alumni, having completed a relevant NFP-funded training or education course at least two years prior to the planned starting date of the refresher course. General requirements are proficiency in the English language as well as basic skills in GIS.
Preference will be given to candidates who are:
- alumni of the following NFP courses (intake before 2011): Disaster Management, Natural Resources Management, Urban Planning and Management, Water Resources and Environmental Management, Governance and Spatial Information Management, Disaster Risk Management and Environmental Assessment for Spatial Planning, Natural Hazard Modelling and Risk Assessment, Developing Spatial Interventions in Urban Planning and Management.
- from one of the following countries: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi.
Selection of course participants
We strive for a well-balanced composition, taking previous education, professional background, country of origin, and gender into consideration. Applicants will be ranked according to their type of employment, and their technical and English qualifications. Only complete and eligible applications submitted using the ITC application form will be considered.
Twenty places are available for this course, with a matching number of NFP fellowships for eligible candidates. These fellowships cover costs related to travelling, accommodation, insurance, excursions and course fees.
Application and application deadline
Candidates should complete the online application form and submit it to ITC’s Student Registration Office before 9 October 2013. Register me
For more information
University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Attn: Student Registration Office
PO Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
Or contact the course coordinators:
MAK – Shuaib Lwasa
ITC – Johannes Flacke