10th Regional Training Course on Earthquake Vulnerability Reduction

Date:  14 - 25 Sep 2020

Venue: Beijing, China

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center jointly conduct this course with National Earthquake Response Support Service, Beijing, China and the training course will be held at the Beijing. You can know find further details of each organization below.


National Earthquake Response Support Service (hereinafter referred to as NERSS) is a Beijing-based public institution. NERSS was founded on October 28, 2004 as part of the China Earthquake Administration. After China's institutional reform in 2018, it is subordinate to the Ministry of Emergency Management of the People's Republic of China.

The primary mission of the NERSS is to extend humanitarian aid (e.g. response, recovery and mitigation) to people in affected areas, especially, earthquake areas, by providing comprehensive support, like information, technology, training, equipments and logistics support, to China Urban Search and Rescue teams.

China National Training Base for Urban Search and Rescue will be the training venue for the course. It located at the foot of the beautiful Fenghuang (Phoenix) Mountain, Haidian District, Beijing covers an area of 194 mu (1 mu = 666.7sqm), with the building area up to 17,000 sqm, and earthquake training stations 6,700 sqm.

There are many facilities in the campus including;
● Trainee Apartment
● Basketball Stadium
● Swimming pool
● Conference Room
● Library
● Motion Theater
● Table-top Exercise Room
● VR-based Simulation Hall


Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is an intergovernmental organization that works to build the resilience of people and institutions to disasters and climate change impacts in Asia and the Pacific. Established in 1986 and based in Bangkok, Thailand. it provides comprehensive technical services to countries in the region across social and physical sciences to support sustainable solutions for risk reduction and climate resilience. ADPC supports countries and communities in Asia and the Pacific in building their DRR systems, institutional mechanisms and capacities to become resilient to numerous hazards, such as floods, landslides, earthquake, cyclones, droughts, etc.




The Earthquake Vulnerability Reduction Course (EVRC) has been designed to support the creation of earthquake resilient societies. With rich experiences in providing similar training courses on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the international level, ADPC provides a model training experience in this course by integrating study materials, audio visual tools, and interactive learning strategies, while bringing together earthquake preparedness and mitigation experience from severely affected countries around the world.


Earthquake vulnerability is rapidly increasing worldwide, especially in developing countries. The rapid urbanization, lack of proper planning, constraint of resources to response, absence of vulnerability reduction measures, poor enforcement of existing measures, and most importantly lack of awareness in community are the main reasons for increased vulnerability. The need to combat the resultant colossal destruction of earthquakes has been a major concern for vulnerable nations.

An earthquake is a natural event and its risk cannot be completely eliminated. However, the destruction caused by earthquakes can be minimized largely by comprehensive earthquake preparedness and mitigation strategies. The earthquakes in Haiti and Chile provide a good comparative example. Given the fact that both countries sit atop large active faults, in the first quarter of 2010, Haiti faced a major earthquake of 7.0 magnitude which resulted in about 230,000 deaths, while Chile, hit with an even more severe quake of 8.8 magnitude, had only 486 deaths. This incomparable difference between the two countries’ casualties comes from the implementation of comprehensive earthquake preparedness and mitigation strategies.


● Relationship between rapid unstable development and earthquake vulnerability
● Hands-on practices on diagnostic tools and techniques for earthquake hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment
● Effective strategies for earthquake vulnerability reduction and resistance
● Multi-sectoral partnership for implementing comprehensive earthquake vulnerability reduction strategies
● Capacity building on earthquake preparedness & response functions, and planning &recovery for sustainable development.


By completing the course, EVRC participants will learn how to:

● Develop organized approaches for understanding earthquake risk and its impacts
● Measure the extent of earthquake vulnerability, and assess capacity for response
● Formulate and apply appropriate strategies for comprehensive earthquake vulnerability and risk reduction
● Prepare for earthquake emergencies for effective earthquake vulnerability reduction
● Integrate earthquake risk management strategies with recovery and rehabilitation plans and programs


EVRC offers a comprehensive approach to the development of earthquake vulnerability and risk reduction strategies, which provide an overview of earthquake situations, and addresses required measures for preparedness and planning for response. The course presents theoretical knowledge, state-of-art practices, as well as successes and failures in global earthquake risk management. The course is divided into four modules with key topics as following:

Module 1: Principles of Earthquake Risk Reduction
Module 2: Tools and Techniques of Earthquake Risk Assessment
Module 3: Earthquake Vulnerability and Risk Reduction Strategies
Module 4: Planning for Earthquake Risk Reduction
Module 5: Plan Monitoring and Evaluation


This course is particularly useful for those concerned with earthquake vulnerability reduction in the development context. It is open to all countries. Participation by decision makers, elected and appointed national and local administrators, development and planning authorities, as well as officials in urban planning, housing, public works, and related sectors is especially encouraged. The course also benefits private real estate land developers, personnel from emergency response agencies, and officials from UN, NGOs, and other international agencies working on disaster risk reduction and mitigation.

The course will be taught in English and participants must have sufficient competency in English.

The class size is limited to 35 persons. ADPC accepts nominations on a “first come, first served” basis provided the applicant meets the course requirements.


Interested individuals and organizations can register online at or visit our website at

For more information about the course, you may also contact Thanyaphat Sirasakpureekul at and telephone numbers +66 22980681 to 92 ext. 134.

Due to the limited slots for this course, interested parties must register on or before August 14, 2020 while payment must be made by August 28, 2020.


The standard course fee of USD2,400 covers course tuition, registration fee, training materials, study visit, and training kit.

Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, accommodation, airport transfers, visa application, all meals, health and accident insurance, and other personal expenses.


If you are unable to attend, a substitute applicant is welcome to attend in your place, provided the participation criteria described above have been met.

Cancellation of attendance should be notified at least three weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, 15 percent of the course fee will be deducted for banking charges and administrative costs. No refunds are available for cancellation within three weeks prior to course commencement.

It is also important to note that the course has a requirement for a minimum number of participants. If an insufficient number of applications have been received by August 21, 2020, ADPC reserves the right to cancel the course for the current year. Candidates who have already been accepted will be informed as soon as the decision is taken, and offered a place in the following year if desired.