Date:  19 - 28 Aug 2013

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand

The course participants will be guided through a number of interactive sessions that will enable them to acquire scientific knowledge to assess climate risks and reduce climate risks strategically through: climate risk management planning, implementation and mainstreaming climate risk management into development policies and programs at different levels.



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Climate change and its impacts have become one of the most significant challenges of the 21st century. Climate-related risks, whether concurrent or prospective need to be addressed swiftly as part of the development strategy at any level, from a global level down to a local level.

With an upward growth trend in urban centers, population expansion and industrialization in both developed and developing countries, policy makers need to ensure resilience of development to the possible exacerbation of risks from hydro-meteorological hazards due to climate change.

However, understanding the science of climate change and potential interventions and their integration into development policies and practices has become a challenge for development and disaster risk reduction practitioners. The “International Training Course on Climate Risk Management (CRM-05)” offers a unique and timely opportunity for development and disaster risk reduction practitioners from: The Government, international organizations, UN agencies, NGOs, civil society organizations, private sectors and others to enhance knowledge, expertise and skills on Climate Risk Management enabling them to face this challenge. The course will illustrate climate risk management in urban and rural settings focusing on the sector challenges.

The course participants will be guided through a number of interactive sessions that will enable them to acquire scientific knowledge to assess climate risks and reduce climate risks strategically through: climate risk management planning, implementation and mainstreaming climate risk management into development policies and programs at different levels. Broadly, the course intends to harmonize climate risk management, disaster risk reduction and development planning to enable a holistic approach for sustainable development.


By completing the course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the science, systems and societal issues of climate change, impacts of climate change and their linkages with climate induced extreme events;
  • Assess specific sector vulnerabilities to climate change in different settings;
  • Utilize decision support systems for assessing climate impacts, vulnerabilities and risks and use the tools for designing climate risk management policies, programs and interventions to reduce climate induced risks at different levels;
  • Discuss and be familiar with the climate change planning processes fordesigning climate risk management policies, strategies, programs andinterventions at different levels;
  • Identify a menu of options for climate risk management to a given context. Share good practices and lessons learned on climate risk managementfrom different contexts; and
  • Develop hands-on skills on how to develop a CRM initiative (project/program/action) using the existing knowledge in an innovative learning environment.


Conducted over a period of ten days, the course is divided into six modules. The module details are as follows:

MODULE 1: Concepts and emerging directions of Climate Change and Climate Risk Management

  • Basic Concepts and Terminologies in Climate Risk Management
  • Fundamentals of Climate Change Science: Defining weather, climate and climate change; Science behind climate change: greenhouse effect etc.; Climate Change and climate variability
  • Emerging directions of Climate Risk Management practice: Climate change and extreme events; Linkage and overlap of CCA and DRR

MODULE 2: Climate change projections and decision support tools in Climate Risk Management

  • Overview of climate modeling for climate risk management, overview of projection and modeling of climate change and its impacts: Projection of future climate change: General Circulation Model,Regional Circulation Models, Atmospheric and Oceanic Models etc.;
    Use and applications of the projections and climate modeloutputs in planning and policy formulation
  • Accessing Local Climate Scenarios and climate risk mapping: Downscaling of global and regional climate models into local climate scenarios; Overview to a downscaled climate modeling output for local climate scenario

MODULE 3: Climate change and urban built systems

  • Overview of the projected issues of climate change and urban built system oOverview of the urban settings and climate change impacts on the built systems: Housing and public amenities / urban settlements / heat island; Urban infrastructure, common amenities, drainage and flood controls; Water, sanitation and hygiene and health; Managing megacities / coastal cities in changing climate
  • Case study example of climate risk management in urban built systems: Detailed case study and critical overview of a case study on urban climate risk management (to be taken from ACCCRN program)

MODULE 4: Climate change and rural ecosystems

  • Overview of the projected issues of climate change and rural ecosystems: Overview of the rural ecosystems and climate change impacts on various eco-systems; Sustainable livelihoods; Agriculture and food security
  • Case study on climate management in rural settings: Detailed case study and critical overview of an agricultural climate risk management project

MODULE 5: Climate risk management planning and implementation

  • Climate Risk Management Planning Processes at the national level,sub-national and local levels
  • Climate forecasts and applications for proactive risk management:
    Description of various types of climate forecast products (including short, medium, seasonal, long-range)
  • Integration of climate change adaptation in urban built environment and local development programs: Climate proofed housing and infrastructure; Urban drainage and flood controls; Public health; Coastal city and urban land use planning
  • Integration of climate risk management in rural development and ecosystem-based programs focusing on agriculture and livelihoods oAgriculture based adaptation (crops, aquaculture and animal husbandry): Incorporation of climate forecasts for selection of livelihood options including selection of crops; Crop insurance and microfinance for climate resilience; Farmer’s field schools and data advocacy for climate resilience; Concrete examples of two climate forecast applications one in rural setting (e.g. CFA examples) and another in urban setting(i.e. Urban flood forecast in Jakarta)
  • Climate resilience indicators: Overview to climate resilience; Climate resilience indicators in urban built environment; Climate resilience indicators for coastal environment; Climate resilience indicators in rural agriculture based environment
  • Cross-cutting issues to address climate change, Climate Risk Management and socially vulnerable groups oGender, children, elderly, differently able people: Other marginalized groups; Extreme events and findings of SREX report; Early warning system development and contingency planning foreffective response to changing hazardous environment; Economics of Climate Change and Climate Risk Management
  • Climate Risk Communication: CRC at national and sub-national level; CRC at local levels

MODULE 6: Future knowledge applications and conclusions

  • Hands-on exercise on project concept development exercise: Exercise on development of two project concept notes (in briefmanner) using the knowledge from the earlier sessions (one reflecting urban setting and another on rural setting); Presentation of the project concept in groups and mock-evaluation of the proposals by a technical team, course conclusions and way forward
  • Post course action planning: Post-test; Course evaluation

Note: The contents are shown for guidance only. ADPCs ongoing course improvement process may lead to some changes in topics and structure.


Internationally experienced practitioners and experts from different organizations will complement ADPCs in house expertise to conduct and facilitate the course.


The course has been designed to promote the sharing of: knowledge, expertise and experience amongst the invited resource persons, sector specialists, guest speakers and the course participants. This approach will facilitate to equip participants with strategic planning processes and implement appropriate climate risk management options at different levels. It will encourage participants to think and act innovatively utilizing contemporary adult learning methodologies, including, but not limited to:

  • Interactive lectures and discussions
  • Facilitated group exercises
  • Scenario based simulations
  • Peer to Peer learning events
  • Field and institutional visits
  • Video documentaries
  • Case studies and good practices sharing
  • Instructional games
  • Guest speeches and high-level chats

Participants are asked to participate fully in all of the above course activities. Certificates will only be awarded to participants who complete all course requirements.


The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center invites practitioners from:

  • Government policy makers and development practitioners representing planning agencies, local authorities, land use planning offices, disaster risk management agencies, climate change secretariats or offices attached to national level ministries or sub-national government authorities
  • UN development and environmental agencies, international organizations such as Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies, donor agencies and NGOs working on climate risk management, climate change adaptation, disaster risk management or green development programs
  • Academe such as Universities, research institutes or training institutes on climate risk management, climate change adaptation and disaster risk management
  • Private sector such as insurance and construction industries
  • Media and charity & faith based organizations working on climate change adaptation, climate risk management or disaster risk management


All teaching and reference materials are in English. Participants must be fully conversant in English.


Applicants are highly recommended to stay at the hotel where the training is held. The room rate is approximately US$70-90 per single occupancy room per night including daily buffet breakfast.


  • Package A with accommodation USS2,825
  • Package B without accommodation US$2,075

The standard course fee of US$2,825 covers course tuition, training materials, single accommodation with breakfast (11 nights), two break refreshments & lunch (Monday-Friday) during the training, and study visits. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, airport transfers, visa application, lunch on weekends, all dinners, health/accident insurance, and other personal expenses. Participants who wish to seek own accommodation can choose an alternative course fee package B of US$2,075


Participants are expected to arrive on August 18, 2013 and leave on August 29, 2013.


Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by the organizations. The application can be submitted online or offline through email, fax, or postal mail before July 19, 2013. The application form is available for download above. A more detailed course information will be sent to only accepted participants.


If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC account through bank or International Demand Draft (IDD) no later than July 26, 2013. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Please note that personal cheques are not accepted as a form of payment.


If you are unable to attend, a substitute applicant is welcome to attend in your place, provided that the participation criteria described above have been met. Cancellation of attendance should be notified at least 3 weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, a full refund less 15% of course fee for banking charges and administrative costs will be made. No refunds are available for cancellation within 3 weeks prior to course commencement.


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Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

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