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First Graduate Course on Disasters, Environment and Risk Reduction introduced by UNEP

Jul 12, 2013 11:24 IST

    The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Center for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) introduced a new graduate course on Disasters, Environment and Risk Reduction at the 7th World Environmental Education Congress held in Marrakesh, Morocco. This course focuses to enhance awareness among the graduate about the environment and development and will target the causes of the environmental disaster.

     The Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction at UNEP, Dr Muralee Thummarukudy said that this course of Disasters, Environment and Risk Reduction is the latest concept which will enhance awareness in the graduate about environment and development.

     The practitioners and researchers of 10 countries amass this 50-hour interactive course that combines climate change adaptation through case studies and ecosystem studies with disaster risk management and ecosystem based tools for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Government of Germany and the European Union has funded the module and direct for testing at ten universities of CNRD whereas already being taught at different universities of Germany, Egypt and Indonesia. 

     The course describes the different ways by which the environment interact with the disaster and the causes of the by which disaster provide massive damage to the environment whereas as exacerbate disaster impacts are climate change and degraded environments. Integrated Coastal Zone Management  or Integrated Water Resource Management, some Ecosystem-based tools that counter the hazards from disasters, especially when DDR incorporate with it.

     The Case studies from Brazil (the impacts of an April 2010 storm along the Rio de Janeiro coast), Nepal (flood hazards in Central Terai) and Egypt (the impacts of sea level rise) were included to demonstrate the importance of the course.

     The Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) has also contributed in developing this course.

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