14th International Training Course on Flood Disaster Risk Management in a Changing Climate

Date:  14 - 25 Sep 2015

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand




Asia has more than its fair share of natural disasters, and floods account for 40 percent of the natural hazards affecting the region. Every year, floods cause the loss of a number of lives and considerable damage to properties, which severely sets back the development process. The climate change, global warming, rapid urbanization and socio-economic disparity are making the world, particularly Asia, vulnerable to floods. The need to combat the perennial problem of floods and resultant destruction has been a forefront concern for most Asian nations, which calls for a proactive approach to establishing a disaster risk reduction regime for safer and sustainable development.

While contributing to the development of flood resilient societies, ADPC's training course utilizes case studies, audio visual tools, field visits and interactive learning strategies. The course also presents flood preparedness and mitigation strategies from severely affected countries like Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam while also capturing case studies from other continents.


Upon completition of the course, participants will be able to:

Discuss the dynamics of flood risk in a changing climate

Evaluate the extent of flood risk and vulnerability, and assess the capacity to respond

Develop comprehensive strategies for flood risk management in a changing climate

Apply climate-smart structural and non-structural measures for flood risk mitigation

Develop preparedness and response plans for effective flood risk reduction

Integrate flood recovery programs to flood risk management strategies

Address cross-cutting issues in flood risk management


The course discusses an integrated approach to the development of flood risk reduction strategies enabling a holistic view to flood risks and flood risk reduction. The course offers a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical exercises exploring international and local flood risk management experiences. It is divided into seven modules.

MODULE 1: Introduction to Integrated Flood Risk Management
Basic concepts and terminologies in disaster risk management
Hydro-meteorological hazards, their formation and predictability
Flood disaster situation in Asia
Natural catastrophes occurrence in Asiaand the globalnature and causes of floods and secondary hazards

MODULE 2: Climate Change and Impending Flood Risk
Concept of climate change and global warming
Climate change and flood vulnerability challenges in implementing flood risk reduction interventions under challenging circumstances of climate change
Developing climate outlook/scenario and finding option for adaptation toclimate change

MODULE 3: Flood Risk Assessment
Basic principles and aspects of flood assessment
Process of flood vulnerability and capacities assessment
Process of flood risk assessment
Community-based flood risk assessment

MODULE 4: Flood Risk Mitigation
Concept and importance of flood plain management for flood risk mitigation
Tools for flood plan management
Climate smart structural interventions and its importance on flood risk mitigation
Flood-proofing in a multi-hazard environment
Integrated watershed management in a changing climate: a non-structural intervention for flood risk mitigation
Urban and rural development planning for flood risk reduction
Public awareness and capacity building for flood risk reduction

MODULE 5: Flood Disaster Preparedness and Response Planning Process
Flood disaster preparedness framework
Flood Contingency Planning Process
Flood forecasting and early warning systems
Flood emergency management
Flood evacuation process
Flood search and rescue

MODULE 6: Flood Recovery Planning & Implementation
Concepts of flood recovery planning & implementation
Flood damage and need assessment
Guidelines for sustainable recovery programs

MODULE 7: Crosscutting Issues
Economics of flood risk management
Financial tools for flood risk reduction
Relevant issues on trans-boundary, governance and gender

Note: The above contents are shown for general reference only. ADPC’s ongoing course improvement process may lead to some changes in topics and structure.


This course is particularly useful for professionals working with flood disaster risk management. The course is open to participants from all countries. Participation of decision-makers, elected and appointed national and local administrators, development and planning authorities, water engineers and flood control professionals, officials in urban planning, housing, public works, and water resource and management is especially encouraged. The course will likewise benefit private land developers, emergency response personnel, UN and other international agencies, and NGOs working on disaster mitigation.

As course participants come from different countries and organizations, class size is limited to 30 people. ADPC will accept nominations on a first-come first-served basis provided the applicant meets the course requirements.


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

The standard course fee of USD 3,175 covers course tuition, training materials, single accommodation with breakfast (13 nights), refreshments during two breaks and lunch daily (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 and accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

Participants who wish to seek their own accommodation can choose an alternative course package B.

It is strongly recommended for participants to stay at the hotel where the training is held. The room rate is approximately USD 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 an organization. The application can be submitted online at or offline through email, fax, or postal mail before 10 August 2015. The application form can be requested by email from ADPC's administrative team at Pre-course information will be sent to participants once they have been accepted to the course.

If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC's account through a bank transfer or International Demand Draft (IDD) no later than 21 August 2015. 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 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.