Date:  19 - 26 Sep 2011

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand

Climate change has rapidly become one of the significant challenges of the 21st century. Climate-related risks, whether those in the present or coming in the future, need to be swiftly addressed as part of the development strategy at any level, from global to local.




  • Comprehensive course addressing the major issues surrounding climate change and climate risk management
  • Skill-based interactive training with various exercises, case studies, simulations, and more!
  • Field visits to relevant locations of interest
  • Opportunities for networking


Climate change has rapidly become one of the significant challenges of the 21st century. Climate-related risks, whether those in the present or coming in the future, need to be swiftly addressed as part of the development strategy at any level, from global to local.

With an upward growth trend for urban centers in the developing world and the fact that more than half of the world now living in urban centers, there is a further need to nurture this growth to be resilient to the risks of natural hazards and climate change.However, to understand the scientific knowledge around the climate issue and translating it into development policies and practical actions is still a great challenge for development officials.

To address this need, the course offers a unique opportunity for development officials from both government and private sectors to enhance knowledge and skills on climate change and climate-induced disaster risks management.The participants will be guided through sessions that will unpack scientific jargons and draw linkage to the planning and implementation of climate risk reduction.The course ultimately aims to assist officials in harmonizing climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development.


Upon completion of the course, the participants should be able to;

  • Establish linkage between impact of climate change and climate-related disaster risk Utilize decision support tools for reducing climate-related disaster risks
  • Assess urban disaster risk and vulnerability related to climate-related disaster, climate change and climate variability
  • Plan for climate change adaptationusing climate information to develop targets and appropriate strategies


Conducted over a period of eight days, the course is divided into four modules: Module 1 addresses key elements of climate, climate change, and overall concept of climate-induced disaster risks; Module 2 unwinds the concept and application of scientific tools used in climate disaster risk assessment; Module 3 highlights the assessment of geographic risk and vulnerability to climate hazards using the urban environment scenario; and Module 4 integrates the information on climate-related disaster risk and future climate scenarios into urban development planning.The key topics are as followed:

Module 1: Concepts of Climate Change and Climate Risk Management

  • Basic concepts and terminologies in climate risk management
  • Overview of climate change and climate risk
  • Overview of climate change adaptation and climate change mitigation

Module 2: Decision Support Tools for Reducing Disaster Risks from Hydro-Meteorological Hazards

  • Overview of climate modeling for climate risk management
  • Development and use of local climate outlook
  • Climate risk mapping

Module 3: Understanding Urban Vulnerabilities to Climate Risk

  • Relationship of urban growth and climate-related disaster risk
  • Vulnerability assessment of urban communities to climate-related disasters
  • Vulnerability assessment of urban systems to predicted impacts of climate change

Module 4: Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Urban Development Planning

  • Climate change impacts on urban sectors
  • Applying urban climate resilience indicators
  • Foundations for successful adaptation planning
  • Urban climate change adaptation and climate risk management
  • Cross-cutting issues in planning for and implementation of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Note: The above 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 will promote the sharing of relevant managerial knowledge and experience, and will equip participants with appropriate decision making, strategic and analytical processes. It will encourage participants to think creatively and will utilize contemporary adult learning methodologies, including:

  • Interactive lectures
  • Group work
  • Classroom exercises
  • Field visit
  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Video shows
  • Instructional games

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 course is tailored for:

  • Urban planners and land use planners attached to national level ministries and local authorities
  • Administrators and officials from provincial and city administrations, development and planning authorities
  • UN agencies, international organizations and NGOs working on climate risk management or climate change adaptation

The course is open to all nationalities. As course participants come from a diverse range of countries and organizations, and the class size is limited to 30 persons, ADPC accepts nominations on a first come, first served basis, provided the applicant meets the requirements.


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


Participants are required to stay at the hotel where the training is held. The room rate costs approximately US$ 60-70 per room per night including daily buffet breakfast.


  • Package A with accommodation: US$2,390
  • Package B without accommodation: US$1,890

The standard course fee of US$2,390 covers the course tuition, training materials, accommodation with breakfast (9 nights), two break refreshments & lunch 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$1,890.


Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by the organizations. Application forms should be submitted to ADPC by 19th August 2011 through email, fax, or postal mail. Pre-course information will be provided once you have been accepted for the course.


If you are selected to attend the course, please transfer the payment with reference of your name and course title (CRM03) to ADPC account through bank or international demand draft (DD) no later than 26th August 2011. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Please note that personal checks 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.


Training Services Unit (TSU)
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

979/66-70, 24th Floor SM Tower, Paholyothin Road,
Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok 10400, THAILAND
Tel: +66 (02) 298 0681-92
Fax: +66 (02) 298 0012-13