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This is an advanced course on disaster resiliance developed by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center for World Bank as part of the consultancy assignment on Strengthening Institutions for Developing Resilience in Pakistan.

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About this Course

Welcome to the advanced course on disaster resiliance. This course has been developed by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center for World Bank as part of the consultancy assignment on Strengthening Institutions for Developing Resilience in Pakistan.

This MOOC explores interlinkages between disaster risk and implications for Pakistan, linking disaster ris and climate change adaptation. It enhances knowledge and skills for tackling complex issues such as resilience and transformation, sustainable development, ecosystem management, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and how they can be operationalized.

It was designed for disaster managers and practitioners, climate change adaptation professionals, development planners, project implementers and policy makers and students from all walks of life. We have added some new interviews and dusted off some materials, but the essentials of our first course are still there.

Leadership Track

Start with the Leadership Track: six hours of learning for busy decision-makers, professionals or students curious about the topic. The Leadership Track consists of 6 sessions of 30-40 minutes, depending on how much time you spend on the reading materials, including 5-10 minute video-presentations and accompanying self-study readers drafted exclusively for this MOOC, quizzes, an on-line learning game and our interactive discussion forum. This track will be launched on September 18, 2017 and will remain open for students to take at their own pace until early 2018. You will be awarded a certificate upon successful completion (no fees) and will be eligible to enroll for the Expert track.

Expert Track

The Expert track consists of an additional 15 hours of learning for professionals and students who want more in-depth knowledge and some skills training on the nuts and bolts of ecosystem based disaster risk reduction and adaptation. This track will go live on 20 November, 2017 and will close on 31 December, 2017. This module also consists of video-presentations, special interviews, self-study readers, quizzes, a case study teaching guide, additional video resources and discussion forum. For the final (peer-reviewed) assignment, you will get to design your own Eco-DRR project. Also for this track, you will receive a (no-fee) certificate, along with the first ever “Disasters and Ecosystems - The Book” (PDF format)!

What you will learn

After completion of the Leadership Track, the participant will be able to:

  • Define basic concepts of disasters, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and resilience
  • Recognize key linkages between ecosystems, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
  • How ecosystems contribute to reducing impacts pre- and post- disasters
  • Managing resilience and transformation
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Course Outline

Leadership track – Launch date: September 18

  • Unit 1. Disaster risk and implications for Pakistan
  • Unit 2. Linking disaster risk with development policy and strateg
  • Unit 3. Communities and local authorities for DRM - Establishing last-mile early warning system
  • Unit 4. Gender and diversity in DRM
  • Unit 5. DRM investments at national, provincial and local level

Welcome and see you soon!

Join us at the course this October in Islamabad, Pakistan