Certificate course in
Disaster Risk Management and Environmental Assessment for Spatial Planning
|Certification||Location||Start||Duration||EC||Tuition fee||Registration deadline||NFP registration deadline||Register|
|Certificate||Netherlands||09 Jun 2014||6 weeks||10||EUR 1500||28 Apr 2014||01 Oct 2013||Register|
There is an urgent need to integrate hazard assessment and disaster risk management into strategic planning and sustainable development. Our exposure and vulnerability to extreme events - including both natural and human-induced hazards - continue to increase. Worldwide the impact of disasters is rapidly growing. However, many countries and development agencies so far do not consider hazard and disaster risk in development planning, and lack sufficient strategies to plan, assess, prevent or mitigate the effects of extreme events.
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) are decision-making tools for mainstreaming hazard and disaster risk reduction strategies and measures into policies, plans and projects. They can be applied at national, regional and local level and in different sectors. Environmental assessments should provide guidance in analysing hazard and disaster risk-related consequences of proposed activities via their impact on the environment. And they should also take into account the potential threat of (natural) hazards to plans or projects.
This course provides a unique opportunity to integrate a multidisciplinary assessment of hazard and risk into spatial planning.
For whom is the course relevant?
Professionals who are involved in development planning (including environmental and risk assessment and management) and who wish to acquire procedural knowledge and skills in risk assessment, risk management and planning are invited to join this course. The course will strengthen the capability of environmental assessment practitioners to incorporate hazard and risk considerations in SEA and EIA. It will also illustrate hazard and risk practitioners how SEA and EIA may provide a framework for strategic planning of vulnerability to hazards and of the potential impact of various activities on disaster vulnerability. Course participants are professionals working in governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as planners, civil engineers, architects, geographers, environmental specialists and university lecturers.
What will be achieved?
In this course you will learn to integrate hazard and disaster risk challenges and considerations into strategic spatial planning processes. The course provides you with new knowledge and skills applicable to multi-hazard risk assessment and environmental assessment within a clear context of spatial planning routines. You will work with a set of modern techniques and tools (satellite image interpretation, dynamic modelling and scenario development within a GIS environment, amongst others) to provide geo-information as a basis for policymaking and spatial planning for sustainable development.
What is the course content?
The course consists of two main components. The course approach involves task-based learning that blends theory and practice.
At the end of the course you will carry out a realistic case study that deals with a practical situation involving either environmental or human-induced (industrial) hazards.
Component 1: Geo-information for multi-hazard risk management
- Risk management framework: hazards, hazard assessment, elements-at-risk mapping, vulnerability assessment, risk assessment, risk mitigation
- Role of geo-information in disaster risk management (with examples from recent disasters)
- Users and providers of risk information; spatial data infrastructure for risk management
- Methods for vulnerability and risk assessment (incl. HAZUS, CAPRA and other international methods for loss estimation)
- Disaster risk reducing strategies and measures
- Risk perception, risk governance, risk communication
- Use of geo-information in early warning, emergency preparedness planning, post-disaster damage assessment.
Component 2: Environmental assessment using spatial decision support tools
- EIA and SEA: concepts, principles, process and interaction with the planning process
- Stakeholder involvement: Participatory GIS and community based modelling
- Alternatives: development and analysis of alternatives and scenarios
- Environmental assessment methods and techniques: application of GIS, indicators and metrics
- Spatial Decision Support tools in EA: spatial multi-criteria evaluation for site selection and vulnerability analysis
- Integration of hazard and risk in EA: vulnerability and risk assessment, mitigation and adaptation, risk zoning
- Biodiversity inclusive EA: Ecosystem services in the context of hazard and risk assessment
- Cost-benefit analysis and economic valuation of disaster risk reduction strategies and measures
- Final project dealing with the integration of (multiple) hazard and risk into environmental assessment for spatial planning.
Please, contact us if you would wish to participate in only one of the two course components.
Why choose this course?
The combined focus on the two course components provides a unique opportunity to integrate aspects of disaster risk management and environmental assessment in a spatial planning context. The course has a problem-solving, hands-on approach, using examples and data from different parts of the world.
This certificate course is also a course block in ITC’s MSc degree course programme. Hence this course also provides a good opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with an international group of students and professionals with a shared interest in disaster risk management, environmental assessment and sustainable development.
Academic level and background
Applicants for the Certificate programme should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.
Some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules require knowledge of, and skills in, working with GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data.
Skills in taught or related subjects are a prerequisite for some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules. Even if the applicant satisfies the overall admission requirements, acceptance is not automatic.
As all courses are given in English, proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite. If you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF), you are exempted from an English language test. Please note: the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider.
English language tests: minimum requirements
Only internationally recognised test results are accepted.
|TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT)||550|
|TOEFL Internet-based Test||79-80|
|British Council / IELTS||6.0|
Applicants lacking computer experience are strongly advised to follow basic courses in their home countries.