Integrated DRR/Community-based adaptation, online course

Training Course
Center for Sustainable Development (CSDi)
01 May - 17 Dec 2012


The Center for Sustainable Development—CSDi—is announcing the May launch of a diploma module of eight online Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Community Based Adaptation (CBA) & Rural Development field courses. These courses begin by introducing basic climate change concepts, and develop as participants identify local community vulnerabilities, identify climate change risks and hazards, investigate appropriate solutions, develop full projects, launch and manage them. A strong course component is the integration of DRR and CBA within course participants traditional development projects.

Online course participants are using our courses to develop real, on-the-ground projects with real communities—both individually and through North/South student partnerships. People from 112 different countries and 250 organizations have used CSDi online courses to develop projects impacting 140,000 people.

The classes are designed to be fun and interactive: you will not only be working with your community, you will be collaborating with colleagues from around the globe. All course materials can be downloaded from the course site at no additional cost. CSDi supplies two levels of mentoring. Each week's assignment will be accompanied by a clear, professional example of what CSDi wants you to achieve that week. CSDi will also provide comments, suggestions and encouragement for each one of your assignments individually. CSDi wants you to develop high quality outputs, and CSDi   also want you to understand the hows and whys.

The course also provides the following resources
• All learning resources and course materials are freely downloadable from the course site and include
-200 manuals & field guides of development activities
-300 Community Based Adaptation for Climate Change field activities
-Community-based training guides for 150 development activities
-Scholarship opportunities for citizens of developing nations
-Documents on course topics by contemporary experts.
-Books, posters and manuals available online for download.
-Internet development links organized by sector.
-Class blog for sharing your stories and photos from the field.
-Class forum for posting questions to your classmates.
-There are no books to buy—all course materials can be linked to, or downloaded from the course site.


DRR-focused projects developed by course participants have included
• participatory vulnerability and capacity assessments
• community-based risk identification and reduction programs
• hazard mapping
• disaster risk management
• emergency preparedness
• resilience to extreme weather conditions
• community flood resilience program; flood preparation, response and recovery
• forming community based flood management (response) committees
• community awareness-raising of disaster risk and response
• use of bio-engineering for slope stabilization and run-off reduction for landslide and flash flood reduction

Additional information

Event fee

Course fees range from $160 for citizens/residents of developed nations and $100 for citizens/residents of developing nations.

What is included in the event fee

Start Date: 01 May 2012
End Date: 17 Dec 2012

Target audience

Southern and Northern development students, field staff, grant writers, project managers, directors, and donor staff.

How to register

Please visit the training course page for more information about payment and to register:


Climate Change, Community-based DRR, Risk Identification & Assessment, Disaster Risk Management, Social Impacts & Resilience

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