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Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation Mainstreaming

Dates: 24 February - 05 March, 2021


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, 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 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.


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.


Course Programme

Preliminary course programme 2021

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, expert presentations, and excursions.

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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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)


General information

The training course takes place at the Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Course hours are from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday unless otherwise noted.

The tuition fee is 1320,- euros per participant.

This includes:

  • 8-days training course
  • Catering during coffee breaks
  • Photo-Documentation
  • Certificate of participation
Individual costs for travel, accommodation, visa fees, insurance and personal allowances are not included.



Apply now through the online enrolment form!


Contact Details

Ms Annika Buchholz, SLE TRAINING Programme Manager

Tel.:       +49 (0) 30 20 93 46 881

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“The SLE training courses have been an excellent resource for me, both professionally and personally. The experience and connections gained continue to contribute to my development and my ability to contribute to the humanitarian/development sector overall.”

says a former participant who filled in our alumni questionnaire in 2017.


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