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ONLINE COURSE: Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation Mainstreaming

Date: April 24-28, 2023 Click here to register now


Disaster Risk Management has become a key element of relief, rehabilitation, and climate change adaptation programmes, as well as development policies and programs in general. The course offers a unique combination of knowledge transfer, practical exercises, and learning and sharing among the trainees coming from different parts of the world.

You will 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) –, you will also be able to assess the context in which risk management and reduction take place and how to coordinate with different stakeholders. You will know how to select vulnerable systems of interest (households, economic sectors, regions) as beneficiaries of risk management programs in a disaster risk based 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 development efforts, while taking climate change aspects into account and therefore contributing to long-term resilience of communities.



The aim of the training course is to increase your knowledge and skills on how to assess and to reduce disaster and climate risks for projects, plans, and policies. By the end of the training course, you will be able to critically analyse risk scenarios and to develop and apply appropriate risk reduction measures.

The specific objectives of the training course are therefore as follows:

  • To increase your understanding of disaster and climate risk concepts and their context
  • To enhance awareness of risk assessment processes and tools for planned and existing projects, plans, and policies
  • To increase your understanding of risk reduction and adaptation measures and integration into projects


Key topics:

  • Risk assessment and risk mapping
  • Means of disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness, and adaptation to climate change related to natural hazards, such as drought, landslide, flood and cyclone
  • The social, economic, environmental and political context of climate adaptation and disaster risk management programs
  • Different options of fostering resilience among vulnerable communities, sectors, and regions related to nature-related disasters and climate change
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR)
  • Mainstreaming DRR and adaptation in humanitarian aid and development cooperation
  • Organizational development with a focus on adaptation and DRR


Course Programme

Click here to download the course programme. 


What does live online training mean?

Our online trainings are not pre-recorded training videos, webinars for large audiences or self-paced e-learning courses. They are virtual live trainings delivered by our trainers in real-time, focusing on the interaction of a small group of remote participants. Just like our face-to-face trainings, these virtual classrooms aim at tailoring the discussions and learning experiences to the training needs of the participants.

Requirements: to attend our live online trainings, a reliable high-speed internet connection and a computer or laptop running Windows or iOS are required (including audio and video). The Humboldt-Universität of Berlin uses the videoconferencing platform Zoom for virtual classrooms as well as digital tools. We strongly recommend an external headset for better sound quality.


Course Methods

The training is based on the Harvard Case Method, which supports adult learning from experience: Introduction to the topic – Group exercise with a given case – Presentation of results – Reflection on relevance to participants’ needs and future applications. This method is complemented by interactive exercises which integrate emotions and movement into sustainable learning processes and expert presentations.

Target Group

The training is designed for professionals working in international cooperation, policy advice, project formulation, or related areas. Ideally, participants already have first plans or ideas to use course content within their working context. Good command of English is mandatory.


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Gregory Pearn is an experienced disaster risk management training facilitator and consultant, who is passionate about the topic and its application in different contexts. He has worked as a consultant in numerous projects focusing on institutional frameworks and capacity development for disaster risk management, particularly in Asian countries. As a training facilitator, Gregory’s approach is objective-oriented, participatory, and with a focus on applying new knowledge and skills in the post-training working environment.


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)

Comprehensive Risk Management (BMZ)


General information

The time frame of the sessions is: 9:30 - 15:00 CEST 

See course programme for details.

Tuition fee: 1.100,- €

This includes:

  • 5-days live online training course
  • Course documentation and learning materials
  • Certificate of participation issued by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Contact Details

This course is run regularly. To register your interest in future sessions, please contact us:
Ms Annika Buchholz, SLE TRAINING Programme Manager
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