Developing Capacities on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Asia-Pacific Region
20 Oct - 24 Oct 2014
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Jeju, Korea, Republic of
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Deadline for application: 31 August 2014
Participation subject to application approval by UNITAR. Notification will be sent once application selection process has been finalized.The registration is closed
Deadline for application: 31 August 2014
Over the past 20 years disasters have affected 4.4 billion people, caused USD 2 trillion of damage and killed 1.3 million people. Natural disasters affected people living in developing countries and the most vulnerable communities within those countries. Over 95 percent of people killed by natural disasters are from developing countries.
Asia and the Pacific is subject to all major types of natural hazards and dominates disaster impact categories across all regions of the world. Between 1970 and 2012, more than half the world’s deaths related to disasters occurred in the Asia Pacific region. An estimated 1.8 million died as a result of natural hazards.
Urban risk is continually increasing. It has been estimated that, more than 50 per cent of the world's population is living in urban areas. Urbanization is taking place at an unprecedented rate. In the next 20 years, the world’s population is predicted to increase by an additional two billion. By 2030 more than 60% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities, with record concentrations in large urban conglomerations and megacities in the developing world. Vulnerability of cities to disasters is on the rise especially as poor people settle in high-risk urban areas. Unfortunately, planning and development of cities has given little consideration to the consequences of hazards such as earthquakes, hydro-meteorological risks and others. The implication of this reality is the need for countries to focus their collective energies to create a safer world for urban dwellers and develop a series of innovative approaches to meet this challenge.
In this regard, building resilience and adapting to climate change is crucial for cities especially those in the Asia-Pacific region. Efforts to build resilience in cities can benefit from integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation with existing efforts in disaster risk reduction and other similar planning processes.
This capacity building training workshop, while promoting the importance of effective climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, will provide:
- An opportunity for countries and cities in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance capacities in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction with a focus on countries/cities resilience action plans development and implementation;
- A platform to exchange in-depth knowledge and to share good practices among participants;
- A venue for city-to-city cooperation aimed at building resilience in cities by integrating disaster risk principles into local DRR and CCA plans, programmes and initiatives.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Recognize the concepts of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction;
- Identify the Making Cities Resilient (MCR) Global Campaign 10 Essentials to enhance resilience to disasters;
- Adapt and use MCR Global Campaign existing tools to support capacity development needs of local governments, and identify needs for additional content and tools;
- Identify good practices and forms for cooperation with other participating cities.
Content and Structure
The workshop consists of the following modules:
- Introduction to the concepts and current trends in urban risk and risk reduction
- Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation Master Plan of the Republic of Korea
- Introduction to the Making Cities Resilient (MCR) Global Campaign and MCR Campaign Tools
- Applying the MCR Tools, diagnosis and assessment
- Mainstreaming DRR and CCA into development and building resilient cities
- Developing and implementing of safe and resilient city action plan
- City action plan monitoring, evaluating and follow-up
- Model programs for city-to-city learning & capacity development
- Effective partnership building and facilitation skills
The workshop will be delivered through:
- Presentations by experts
- Participatory discussions
- Practical exercises
- Use of tools such as the Local Government Assessment Tool (LG-SAT)
- Development of safe and resilient city action plans
- Governments officials
- Representatives from NGOs and community-based organizations
- Academic and training institutions
- Local actors from the Asia-Pacific region responsible for disaster risk reduction and climate change adapatation policies and programs
- Public - by registration
- Public - by application
- Private - by invitation
- Open to register/apply
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