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23rd Regional Training Course on Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate

Date:  28 Jul - 8 Aug 2014

Venue: Siem Reap, Cambodia

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The CBDRR course provides an opportunity to practitioners to learn, upgrade and share essential skills and knowledge to systematically address disaster risk reduction challenges at the community level and to facilitate the processes of reducing disaster risk of vulnerable communities.

The fundamental principle of community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) involves the development and support of bottom up processes arising from the communities in recognition of their own needs and aspirations for community safety, and appropriate actions to address them.


The course takes place over ten workdays, structured around the following modules:

  • Context of CBDRR in a Changing Climate
  • Climate Inclusive Participatory Community Disaster Risk Assessment
  • Participatory Disaster Risk Reduction Planning
  • Climate Inclusive Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Enabling Environments for CBDRR
  • Future Knowledge Applications and conclusions


The course is currently offered in English only.

Training methods include:

  • 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
  • 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 curriculum shown is for guidance only. ADPCs ongoing course improvement process may lead to some changes in topics and structure. Please be noted that the issues on gender, children, and vulnerable groups are cross-cutting topics throughout the training course.


Siem Reap, Cambodia. For more information about Siem Reap, please click


The course aims to develop the capacity of CBDRR practitioners who will be the main project implementers at the community level on essential skills and knowledge on community based disaster risk management including:

  • Discuss the context of CBDRR in a Changing Climate
  • Design and conduct climate inclusive community risk assessments
  • Identify measures for climate inclusive disaster risk reduction through vulnerability reduction and community capacity development
  • Prepare risk reduction plans and discuss its integration into sectoral developmental programs
  • Analyze issues and challenges in the implementation of community based risk reduction & climate change adaptation programs
  • Discuss areas of professional development to become a good CBDRR practitioner
  • Build commitment and value systems to promote community empowerment for Climate Inclusive Community Risk Reduction


Drawing upon the rich repository of knowledge, experience, tools and case studies of ADPC and other partner organizations, the course is primarily designed to promote the sharing of relevant knowledge by encouraging participants to think creatively and utilize contemporary adult learning methods such as:

  • Interactive lectures
  • Field work
  • Group work
  • Presentation
  • Classroom exercises
  • Discussions

All of us will be learners and will learn from each other from resource persons, facilitators and participants.


CBDRR is a specialized course catering to the competency and knowledge needs of operation level practitioners who are or would be involved in the design and implementation of CBDRR projects and programs in their organizations. The course is open for participants from various sectors including, local government departments, NGOs, INGOs, UN, IFRC, national emergency response agencies and private sector. Participants from policy and senior management levels of government, UN, donor organizations and INGOs are welcome if they are interested to learn about how CBDRR is operationalized.

As course participants come from a diverse range of countries and organizations, and the class size is limited to 30 persons, ADPC accepts nominations from Asia and the Pacific on a first come, first served basis, provided that the applicant meets the course requirements. A limited number of participants from other regions will also be accepted, on a case by case and "first come first served" basis.


Regionally experienced practitioners and experts from APDC and its partner organizations will conduct and facilitate the CBDRR course.


Course Fee

Package A with accommodation: US$3,175
Package B without accommodation: US$2,275

The standard course fee of US$3,175 covers course tuition, training materials, single accommodation with breakfast (13 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$2,275


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.


Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by the organizations. The application can be submitted online on ADPC website. For offline application, the completely filled application form should be submitted ADPC through email, fax or postal mail. The application form is available for download above. Pre-course information will be sent participants once they are accepted to the course.


If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC account through bank transfer or International Demand Draft (IDD) no later than July 18, 2014. 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 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.


Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Training Services Department (TSD)
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Phayathai Bangkok, 10400
Tel: +66 (02) 298 0681-92
Cell Phone: +66 87 697 7535
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