Development of graduate teaching module on “Disasters, Environment and Risk Reduction (ecoDRR)”


Environment and Disasters interact with each other in a number of ways. Disasters cause massive damage to the environment, while degraded environments exacerbate disaster impacts. Responding to disasters often leads to additional environmental impacts, while investments in sound environmental management, especially in post-disaster recovery stages, can reduce disaster risks and thus contribute to more resilient development. Climate change and variability are likely to exacerbate disaster impacts, while environmental management solutions are being applied for adaptation to climate change.
As there is a need for graduate level modules on this topic researchers and practitioners from more than 15 countries and institutions worldwide compiled a module of around 50hrs of teaching material (5 ECTS), including case studies from different countries, exercises, audiovisual media and supporting education materials.
The module consists of four blocks on the topics of:

  • Elements of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
  • Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Eco-DRR instruments and approaches
  • Mainstreaming Environment and DRR

The course is proposed as an elective course to existing MSc degrees in various areas, including geography.  The main guiding philosophy of this course is “learning by doing”, combining some theory with a lot of practice.  Thus, another guiding principle is to develop a standard core curriculum that can be modified depending on each institution’s experiences and needs.  
From winter term 2012/13 onwards the module will be implemented fully or party in the curricula of around 10 of the participating universities. A conversion to web-based learning is planned to take place from late 2013 onwards.

Innsbruck contribution:

Besides being part of overall coordination Innsbruck mainly contributed to sessions on “Spatial planning tools and approaches for DRR”, “Managing ecosystems for urban risk reduction”, and “Community-based Ecosystem and Disaster Risk Management”.

Project Members
Prof. Dr. Martin Coy
Simone Sandholz

Participating Institutions:

  • University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile
  • Ain Shams University, Egypt
  • Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
  • University of Jordan, Jordan
  • Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico
  • Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique
  • Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • University of Lausanne, Switzerland / Centre of Research on Terrestrial Environment
  • Hue University, Vietnam
  • Vietnam Academy for Water Resources, Vietnam

  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Further Information:

Center for Natural Resources and Development
Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) 

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