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KULTURisk SUMMER SCHOOL - Flood risk reduction: perception, communication, governance

posted 3 Apr 2013, 05:34 by Leonardo Alfonso   [ updated 14 Jan 2014, 00:55 ]
9-12 September 2013 at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft The Netherlands
This Summer School will introduce various approaches to risk prevention and management and highlight the importance of measures, risk perception and communication to risk governance and the existing international initiatives and policies in disaster risk reduction. These concepts will be analysed in the context of water-related hazards such as floods and landslides occurring in coastal areas, mountainous catchments, transboundary large rivers and urban settings, with the understanding that given the multi-hazard approach required in disaster risk reduction, they may be applicable to other natural hazards. 

Learning objectives 
Upon completion of the summer school, the participants will be able to: 
  • identify the main components of risk reduction 
  • identify different risk reduction measures and understand their advantages and disadvantages 
  • analyse the implications of risk perception of different stakeholders 
  • explain the meaning and purpose of risk communication 
Target group

The course is designed for current and future water managers, decision-makers and others involved in the management of water-related disasters. Participants need to have a bachelor degree in a relevant subject (i.e. engineering, economics, and social sciences) and preferably several years of relevant working experience.

Course content 
  • Introduction to risk prevention and risk reduction; terminology of disaster risk management 
  • International policies in disaster risk reduction 
  • Governance of risk 
  • Structural protection measures 
  • Early warning and preparedness 
  • Assessments, mapping, planning and risk transfer 
  • Risk perception and communication: importance, assessment, challenges 
Prof. David Demeritt (King’s College, London) 
Dr. Matthias Buchecker (Swiss Federal Research Institute, Zurich) 
Dr. Sálvano Briceño (ICSU/IRDR, retired, UNISDR) 
Dr. Giuliano Di Baldassarre (UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft)

Registration Fee
Before (including) 30 May 2013:               €200*
After 30 May 2013:                                  €250*
Deadline for registration: 31st July 2013
*includes registration, material, lunch, coffee 
Note: accommodation, transportation and other meals are not included

Payment methods
  • Bank transfer:
Account Number
IBAN: NL54ABNA0516820923

  • In cash upon arrival (€250)

Application procedure 
- Complete application form below
- Participants will be contacted and be informed about payment procedure
- Maximum number of places: 25 

Leonardo Alfonso,
2 May 2013, 07:18