Training 1.3

Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management into Planning Processes

Dates: 2-11 September 2020

Disaster Risk Management has become a key element of relief, rehabilitation, and climate change adaptation programs, as well as development policies and programs in general. The course provides theoretical and practical knowledge, tools and methodologies on risk management related to major types of nature-induced disasters. It enables participants like staff of humanitarian aid and development institutions and related organizations including the science community to successfully conceive and implement disaster risk reduction programs, grass-root actions as well as longer-term climate change adaptation. It also enables practitioners and decision-makers from other sectors to analyze whether disaster risk may play a major role in their working context and to design risk mitigating measures. The course offers a unique combination of knowledge transfer, practical exercises, field excursions and learning and sharing among the trainees coming from different parts of the world.

Course Objectives:

Participants not only know the concept, major elements and state-of-the-art technologies of disaster risk management – with a focus on disaster risk reduction (DRR) –, they also are able to assess the context in which risk management and reduction take place and how to coordinate with different stakeholders. They know how to select vulnerable systems of interest (households, economic sectors, regions) as beneficiaries of risk management programs in a truly participatory approach, how to identify technical means of interventions in the light of their appropriateness related to different types of climate-related disasters and how to integrate risk reduction into long-term climate change adaptation and development efforts.

Course Content:

  • Risk assessment and risk mapping both in theory and practice by using a landscape model including detailed hazard analysis and vulnerability assessment (using scoring systems).
  • Means of disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness related to drought, landslide, flood and cyclone in theory and practice including sharing among participants.
  • The social, economic, environmental and political context of risk management programs and how to link such programs to climate change adaptation and development.
  • Different options of fostering resilience among vulnerable communities, sectors, and regions related to nature-related disasters and climate change and tools to identify essential livelihood resources (participatory climate assessment tools).
  • Ecosystem-based DRR.
  • Mainstreaming DRR in humanitarian aid and development cooperation.
  • Organizational development with a focus on DRR.


Old course programme 2019

Tuition fee: tba.  

Individual costs for travel, accommodation, visa fees, insurance and personal allowances are not included.


Martin Becher works as an enthusiastic trainer and consultant in the field of disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. He is a geographer by training and passionate for his main goal: to change training participants’ views regarding hands-on possibilities to consider disaster management in daily routines, enabling them to make successful use of training content when going back to their home countries.

Course material:

Please see the following links for a general orientation:

Background and components of disaster risk reduction

M-Dat The International Disaster Database

Climate Change, Disaster Risk and the Urban Poor (The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/The Worldbank)

Disaster Risk Management (BMZ)


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