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Regional Course on Technological Risk Mitigation in Cities (TRMC)

under the Asian Urban Disaster Mitigation Program (AUDMP)

Asia is the most disaster prone region in the world. With rapidly increasing concentration of population, economic activity, infrastructure and critical facilities, Asian cities represent even greater vulnerability to disasters. By the turn of this century it is estimated that at least thirteen cities around the world, that are prone to natural hazards, will have a population in the 10-25 million range. Of these, nine are in Asia! Disaster management experts all over the world believe that the current pattern of urban development does not give due consideration to disaster vulnerability. This is making cities more and more unsafe.

The Asian Urban Disaster Mitigation Program (AUDMP) is a six-year program designed to respond to the need for safer cities. The ultimate goal of the program is to reduce the natural disaster vulnerability of urban populations, infrastructure, lifeline facilities, and shelter in targeted cities in Asia. The program is managed by ADPC with core funding support from United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (US-OFDA). At present, the AUDMP covers selected cities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Philippines and Sri Lanka. The program takes a three-tiered approach, which comprises National Demonstration Projects; Information and Networking; and Training, Resource Materials and Continuing Education (TRMCE).


Under this component, 5 new courses; of which Technological Risk Mitigation for Cities (TRMC) is the second; are being developed on different aspects of disaster mitigation in cities. These are being run as regional and national courses by ADPC in collaboration with partner training institutions from 5 countries. This course a collaboration with Human Settlement Mangemant Institute (HSMI) of India and National Safety Council (NSC) of India is the first regional course to be held outside Bangkok.


Exposure to technological risks and man made disasters is on the increase in the Asian region. Major industrial accidents: fires, explosions and toxic releases - epitomised by the 1984 MIC release in Bhopal, India - and those during chemical transportation and warehousing continue to take a huge toll of human lives. Fires in high-rises, hotels and public buildings, structural collapses and the regular toll from transport accidents are other significant risks in urban areas.

Management of these risks through prevention, mitigation and enhanced emergency preparedness requires action by industry, building owners and developers; public officials from national governments, development authorities and local administrations.Approaches using regulation and voluntary action are under implementation in different parts of the world.


  • o enhance understanding of different types of technological hazards; their associated risks and assessment and control measures in use globally.
  • To develop awareness of the necessity of integrating Technological Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness in the urban planning and management processes and provide information on strategies and approaches used.
  • To motivate participants to initiate actions for technological risk assessment, analysis of status of Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness in their cities, and improve control systems and procedures.
  • To learn from successes and failures by mutual sharing of experience among participants and with resource persons


    • Concepts and Overview of Technological Hazards at the City Level
    • Concepts of Disaster Management and Mitigation
    • Major Accident Hazards in Industries, Storages and Ports.
    • Assessment of Hazards, Concepts and Techniques, and Software
    • Legal Requirements: Compliance and Enforcement
    • Safety Management Systems: Strategies for Implementation
    • Non Industrial Fire Hazards in Cities - High Rises, Hotels, Public Buildings
    • Fire Safety Management at City Level
    • Structural Collapses: Incidence, Causes and Control Measures
    • Road Accidents: Safety Management and Emergency Response Arrangements in a Metropolis
    • Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical Transportation by Road
    • Land Use Planning and Siting of Hazardous Industries
    • Emergency Planning, Preparedness and Response at the City Level
    • Mitigation Strategies by City Administration
    • Establishment of the Political and Community Support at the City Level
    • Raising Community Awareness in Industrial Areas

    All teaching and course materials are in English. It is essential that participants are fully conversant in English.


    The targeted audience of the course is:

  • Administrators and Officials from Provincial and City Administrations; Development and Planning Authorities.
  • National level Ministries, Departments and Institutions dealing with Hazard Assessment, Prevention and Control, Safety and Environment Regulation; and Emergency Preparedness
  • Elected Representatives from Cities and Towns
  • Industry, Industry Associations and Consultants
  • Emergency Response Agencies and Emergency Planners
  • UN Agencies and International Organizations
  • NGOs working on Disaster Mitigation


    Resource persons will be Experts from UN agencies, International Organizations, Educational and Research Institutions, National and Local Governments, Urban Development Authorities, Technological Risk Mitigation Specialists and ADPC.


    The course will cover 2 locations as follows:
    Mumbai - West End Hotel
    New Delhi -HSMI


    Under a joint learning program of ADPC-Swinburne University, Australia; Postgraduate (Certificate, Diploma and Masters level) courses in Emergency Management are being conducted since mid-1997. Under a special arrangement, participation in the TRMC and selected ADPC courses, complemented by undertaking of prescribed readings, assignments and assessments, makes students eligible for credit transfers and some discount in fees. Further details will be provided during the course.


    The course fee for the course would be US$2,000 per participant. Costs of books and materials are included in the course fee. Course fee should preferably be paid in advance by money transfer/international demand draft (DD) or brought by DD/cash at the time of course registration. Kindly confirm your mode of payment.

    Limited number of rooms have been blocked in selected hotels at Mumbai and Delhi whose charges are as follows:
    Shared AccommodationSingle Accommodation
    MumbaiUS$35 US$70
    Delhi US$35US$70


    Interested persons can apply directly but, preferably be nominated by their employers, sponsoring governments, NGO and private organizations.

    Applicants should complete the application form or send a letter of inquiry to ADPC which should include the following:

  • Name, address, telephone, fax and email.
  • Organizational affiliation.
  • Resume, stating job title, present responsibilities and past experience.
  • A statement of reasons for attendance
  • How training relates to professional responsibilities.
  • Letter of support from employer.
  • Confirmation regarding payment of fees by your sponsoring organization.

    Limited number of partial scholarships may be available to deserving candidates from national government organizations or national NGOs paying from their own budgets. Applications for such support will be considered subject to confirmation about payment of at least 80% of the fees.

    On acceptance of nomination, we will keep you informed of further actions to be taken until you come and join the course.

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

Established in 1986, ADPC is the lead regional resource center dedicated to disaster reduction for safer communities and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. ADPC works with governments, NGOs and communities of the Asia and Pacific region to strengthen their capacities in disaster preparedness, mitigation and response through professional training, technical assistance, regional program management and information and research.

ADPC vision:

disaster reduction for safer communities and sustainable development

Human Settlements Management Institute, New Delhi, India

HSMI is the research and training wing of Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) of Govt.of India. Established in 1985, operates at national level for organizing training and research programs to fulfill central, state and local level needs related to human settlements and urban sector management. Has collaborative links with international institutions like HUDS, Rotterdam, UNCHS, UN-ESCAP, CITYNET.

National Safety Council Mumbai, India

Set up by the Ministry of Labour, Govt. of India in 1966, NSC is a premier institution at apex level devoted to the furtherance of Safety; Health and Environment.Services include national and international conferences, public and in-company training programmes, a range of technical publications, periodicals, variety of promotional and campaign materials, technical advice and information, risk assessment, safety audit etc. NSCI has on-going international collaboration with ILO, UNEP, WEC, World Bank, EPA and ADPC which impart a global perspective to its services.

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Asian Institute of Technology
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Fax: (66 2)5245350/5245360
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