Hungary, Budapest

Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction

when 24 July 2017 - 28 July 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 ECTS
fee EUR 300

Advances in ICTs are increasingly empowering citizens to play a more proactive role in managing disaster risks and more effectively responding when disasters hit. The ability of development workers to tap into this local energy and know-how, go beyond the usual actors (e.g. NGOs, think tanks) and partner with outliers (e.g. citizens, informal groups) and link their efforts with the institutional response and resources will play a major role in supporting communities' resilience. Therefore, applying innovations and the latest ICT advances in this regard will be the key topic of the program. A range of technologies will be presented including Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, big data, mobile technologies, data portals, etc.

The workshop will cover a number of themes, including ICTs for disaster risk reduction (DRR), innovation in climate risk management and disaster preparedness and response, smart cities, integration of innovative solutions in climate risk management (CRM) and DRR into sectoral and municipal development, and more.

The course will be a mixture of lectures, hands-on computer-based trainings, and independent project work

Course leader

Viktor Lagutov
Systems Laboratory, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Armen Grigoryan
United Nations Development Programme Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), New York, USA

Target group

The workshop is targeted at representatives of regional and country offices of UN agencies, National Focal Points of international conventions, relevant government agencies (e.g. Ministries of Emergency Situations, Environment, Communications), researchers and civil society. No prior experience in application of geospatial technologies in DRR is required.

Pre-requisites
Participants will be required to prove professional and/or academic focus on disaster risk reduction (DRR) or related issues. Intermediate computer user skills are required for this course, but previous experience with geographic information systems (GIS) or remote sensing software is not required. Participants will have to complete course project for successful workshop completion.

The course will be a mixture of lectures, hands-on computer-based trainings, and independent project work. There will be two options for all hands-on GIS and remote sensing exercises during the practical sessions, ranging in technical difficulty to accommodate varying technical backgrounds of participants.

Course aim

The overall aim of the workshop is to highlight recent innovations and advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and how they are increasingly empowering both decision-makers and citizens to play a more proactive role in managing disaster risks and more effectively respond when disasters hit. The workshop builds upon existing UNDP experience in disaster management and risk reduction.

Credits info

1 ECTS
Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 300: payable until May 28, 2017
EUR 270: The early bird fee option is available until April 30, 2017

Scholarships

Financial aid is available in the following categories:
• tuition waiver