Winter Academy on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation: December, in Mexico

  • 2013•08•21     Guanajuato

    The CATALYST-Local Winter Academy on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: Applying Science and Strategies at the Community Level” will provide young research students and postdoctoral researchers from Mexico and Europe an opportunity to learn from experienced trainers and local communities about both the theory and practice of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

    This two-week training opportunity will be held in Guanajuato State, Mexico (Guanajuato City and Las Palomas) from 1–13 December 2013.

    The aim is to enrich the research activities of the participants and increase their practical knowledge of the possibilities for, and the limits to, implementation of the theory at the community level. Topics that will be covered in the academy include:

    • Introduction to disaster risk reduction (DRR)
    • Introduction to climate change adaptation (CCA)
    • Vulnerability assessment and risk analysis
    • DRR and urban planning
    • DRR and ecosystems services
    • Participatory processes for DRR/CCA planning
    • Adaptive agriculture
    • Working in rural communities
    • Communication of DRR/CCA plans and information
    • 4-day applied project work

    This CATALYST-Local Winter Academy is organized/sponsored by seeconsult GmbH; the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS); Programa de Investigación en Cambio Climático (PINCC) de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM); Universidad de Guanajuato , Mexico; and the Integrated Assessment Society.

    It is open to students who are “European-based” or Mexican nationals (because of funding criteria). Other requirements include both English- and Spanish-language proficiency; a postgraduate degree or enrolment (or pending enrolment) in a PhD programme; and a willingness to camp/do without modern comforts during the four-day applied project work session.

    The application deadline is 8 September 2013.

    See the CATALYST-Local Winter Academy announcementon the seeconsult GmbH website for more information, including requirements, cost and application instructions.