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DM-812 Environmental Framework on Disasters
Campus MCE
Programs PG
Session Spring Semester 2017
Course Title Environmental Framework on Disasters
Course Code DM-812
Credit Hours 3-0
Pre-Requisutes Students with Engineering and Science Background
Course Objectives The course aims to inculcate disaster management knowledge and field skills in students, to enable them to reduce risks, prepare, mitigate and respond to man-made and natural disasters with reference to the environment. The students will be able to know various types of human dimensions of environmental change, the mitigation of environmental degradation and national and international policies and planning to vulnerable reduction measures related to environmental disasters.
Detail Content
  • Context of community based disaster risk management (CBDRR)
    • Analyze the risks and impact of disasters on communities in different countries( focus on South Asia)
    • Understanding Terminologies and Evolving Approaches in DRR
    • Concepts underlying CBDRM, in the context of the Disaster Management Cycle
    • Significance, nature & scope of Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
    • Linking DRM with Community Development
    • Values, Ethics, Commitment and Accountability of CBDRM/DRR practitioners
  • Participatory Approaches for Risk Reduction Planning
    • Essentials of Participatory Approaches (PRA)
    • Limitations of Participatory Approaches
    • Participatory Planning and Risk Assessment Tools
    • Risks, Vulnerabilities and Capacities Assessment
    • Hazard, Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (HVCA)
  • Analysis of Stakeholders and Resources
    • Understanding stakeholder management( men, women, public and private)
    • Benefits of using a stakeholder-based approach
    • Power, influence and interest of stakeholders among communities
    • Mobilizing Resources for CBDRR Planning and Implementation
    • Advocacy for integrating CBDRM into government policy and Programming
    • Principles of CBDRM Advocacy
  • DRR Preparedness at Community Level
    • Implementing CBDRR Acton Plans at the community level
    • Community Capacity building on DRM/DRR
    • Effective community disaster awareness initiative including trainings and rehearsals
    • Building and Sustaining a Community Risk Reduction
    • Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation for CBDRR
  • Community Risk Reduction Strategies
    • Disaster Risk Reduction Measures and Overview
    • Predictability, forecasting and early warning systems
    • Mitigating Geological and Hydro-meteorological Hazards through community action
    • Strengthening Livelihoods through Disaster Resilience
    • CBDRR in Recovery – Opportunity to Build Back Better and More Sustainable DRR Organizations
    • Child Focused DRR and School-Based DRR
    • Risk Transfer and Insurance for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • CBDRR Program Implementation: Challenges and Solutions
    • Sustaining CBDRR in At-Risk Communities Nationwide
      • Implementing CBDRR in Challenging Circumstances
      • CBDRR in Conflict Areas and During Complex Emergencies
      • CBDRR in Religious Societies
      • CBDRR in Urban Areas
      • Linking CBDRR in National and Local Govt Programs for Disaster Management and Dev
      • Mainstreaming CBDRR into Community Development Work of Community Development Organization
Linking CBDRR to Community-based Approaches for Sustainable Livelihoods. Natural Resource Management, Environmental Protection and Wetland and Dry land Management
Text/Ref Books a. Disasters and the Environment, 2nd Edition, by Gustavo Wilches, UNDP (1995)
b. Environmental Impact Assessment, McGraw Hill Co. Singapore (2004)
c. Environmental Sciences and Engineering, 2nd Edition, by J. Glynn, Asoke Publishers (1996)
d. Environmental Engineering, by Gerard Kiely, McGraw-Hill Publishers (2006)
Time Schedule Spring 2015
Faculty/Resource Person Asst Prof Dr Arshad Ali PhD in Environmental Engineering