Disaster risk management, Geographic information systems, Information and communication technologies, Remote sensing

 

    

In cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bureau

for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)

 

Course date

13 July - 17 July, 2015
The application process is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Viktor Lagutov

Central European University, Hungary

Armen Grigoryan

United Nations Development Programme, Regional Centre for Europe and CIS, Turkey
Course Faculty: 

Lorant Czaran

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Austria

Jens Danzeglocke

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Zsuzsanna Gabor

Central European University, Hungary

Hossein Kalali

International Consultant on Disaster Risk Reduction

Stanislav Kim

United Nations Development Programme Recovery, Early Warning Systems and Response Programme Specialist for Europe and CIS, Istanbul, Turkey

Irina Makarenko

Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution, Turkey

Kirstin Miller

Ecocity Builders’ Speakers Bureau, Oakland, California, USA

Arnold Nagy

Environmental Systems Laboratory, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Vasko Popovski

United Nations Development Programme, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Milica Begovic Radojevic

Regional Centre for Europe and the CIS, United Nations Development Programme, Istanbul, Turkey
This course aims at bridging the gap between decision- and policy-makers and ICTs in the realm of disaster management and risk recovery. Building upon existing UNDP experience in disaster management, innovations and the latest ICT advances in these topics will be covered with the aim of building the capacity to manager disaster risks and more effectively responding when disasters hit. The target audience for the course includes UNDP Country Offices in the Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia; National Focal Points of International Conventions; relevant government officials (e.g. Ministries of Emergencies, Environment), researchers and civil society representatives. 
 
Technologies covered: remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), mobile technologies, data portals, etc.The overall aim of the stream is to create capacity capable of underwriting agencies’ ability to achieve high recovery impact in the face of future crises in the Europe and CIS region. 
 
Course Information:
 
The overall aim of the stream is to create capacity capable of underwriting agencies’ ability to achieve high recovery impact in the face of future crises in the Europe and CIS region. The stream aims at staff of the UNDP Country offices in Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia, National Focal Points of International Conventions (e.g. Black Sea Commission), relevant government officials (e.g. Ministries of Emergencies, Environment, Communications), researchers and civil society representatives. 
 
The course builds upon existing UNDP experience in disaster management and risk reduction. The advances in ICT are increasingly empowering citizens to play a more proactive role in managing disaster risks and more effectively responding when disasters hit. The ability of development workers to tap into this local energy and know-how, go beyond the usual suspects (e.g. NGOs, think tanks) and partner with outliers (e.g. citizens, informal groups) and link their efforts with the institutional response and resources will play a major role in supporting communities' resilience. Therefore, applying innovations and the latest ICT advances in this regard will be the key topic of the program. A range of technologies will be presented including Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, mobile technologies, data portals, etc.
 
The course will cover a number of themes, including ICTs for disaster risk reduction (DRR), innovation in climate risk management and disaster preparedness and response, integration of innovative solutions in climate risk management (CRM) and DRR into sectoral and municipal development, and more.
 
To increase the scope and impact of the event and its benefits for participants, this course will be collocated with an additional course (ICTs in Water Security) conducted at CEU under the “Bridging ICTs and Environment” framework. These courses are preparatory activities for the Eye on Earth Summit 2015 (http://www.eoesummit.org) and will feature joint sessions and exercises.
 
The course’s target group includes UNDP Country Offices, government officials, academia and civil society from the region. Proven experience to any aspect of Disaster Management is a prerequisite for the course.
 
Participants will have to complete a series of exercises for successful course completion.
 
Limited funding and/or tuition waivers available for select participants.
 
 
 
Application deadline is March 29, 2015.