Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Asia-Pacific Region”
Jeju, Republic of Korea, 3-5 September 2013 (Tue-Fri)
“Disaster risk is increasing with every passing day. Poverty, rapid urbanisation, climate change ? these and other factors are leaving people and communities ever more exposed.”
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Event Background and Introduction
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 disproportionately 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 .
The Asia-Pacific is the world’s most vulnerable region when it comes to natural disasters. According to the World Disaster Report released by International Federation of the Red Crescent, as many as 85 percent of the people reported affected by disasters belonged to Asia-Pacific Region in the period 2000-2009.
In this regard, building resilience and adapting to climate change is highly crucial for cities especially those in the Asia-Pacific region. Efforts to build resilience in cities can benefit from integrating climate change adaptation with existing efforts in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and other similar planning processes.
A resilient city is one that is able to adapt to disaster and climate impacts now and in the future, thereby limiting the magnitude and severity of those impacts.
This capacity building training workshop, while promoting the importance of effective climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR), will provide:
i) an opportunity for countries in the Asia-pacific region to enhance capacities in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR)
ii) a platform to exchange in-depth learning from experts in the related area and to share good practices among participants
iii) a venue for city-to-city cooperation in building resilience in cities by integrating disaster risk principles into local climate change adaptation plan
3-6 September 2013
CIFAL Jeju/Jeju International Training Center (JITC),
Seogwipo City, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Republic of Korea
CIFAL Jeju and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
High-level authorities and experts from local governments, representatives from NGO and community-based organizations, academic institutions, and other local actors within the Asia-Pacific region
The workshop contents are composed of the following:
? Introduction to Climate and Climate Change: The Basics
? Climate Change and Disaster Risk as Global, Regional, and Local Threats
? Integrating Disaster Reduction Principles in Our Own Action to Tackle Climate Change: Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Reduction
? Republic of Korea’s National Climate Change Adaptation Master Plan
? Local and Regional Cooperation towards ‘Global Resilient Cities’
? A review of challenges and lessons learned in implementing policies
? understand the concept of climate change
? understand how climate change and disaster risk affect each other globally, regionally, and locally
? apply UNITAR self-assessment tools to rate and compare each others’ climate change adaptation policies and disaster risk reduction strategies for their local implementation
? understand the roles of city governments and other stakeholders in adaptation
? be able to find ways to cooperate with other participating cities
UNITAR-developed CityShare methodology will be used during the workshop.
The CityShare methodology aims at optimizing peer learning between local officials. It consists of various processes of self-assessment, distillation and transmission of experiences and good practices. It is also composed of several tools which provide a common framework for the evaluation of experiences made by the participating cities and countries and offer a common language for the exchange and assimilation of contextualised experiences, as well as a roadmap for action and progress.
The workshop structure consists of the following four pillars:
? Keynote presentations and participatory discussion
? Case Studies from local governments and group analysis
? Overview of good practices, key challenges, and lessons learned
? UNITAR CityShare methodology
? Site visit
Participants are required to attend and actively participate in all workshop sessions/activities, complete assignments interact with resource persons, complete pre-workshop readings/assignments and come with prepared questions.
Fluency in English, spoken and written.
CIFAL Jeju and UNITAR will jointly issue a certificate to participants upon completion of the full program.
How to apply
? Application form can be downloaded from www.cifaljeju.org
? Please send the application form, CV, case study description, letter of nomination and letter of commitment (form attached to ‘application form’) by 26 July 2013 to: email@example.com
? Participation is subject to approval of the application by CIFAL Jeju.
? Notification will be sent once the selection process has been finalized.
Assistance with Travel Cost
? Self-sponsored (airfare and accommodation) participants are welcome.
? CIFAL Jeju provides a limited financial assistance to participants for air travel. Please refer to the table below for the sponsorship amount.
? The following table represents the maximum amount of financial assistance for return air ticket from home country to Jeju Island to participate in workshops of CIFAL Jeju.
? All local expenses (transportation, accommodation, and meals during the 4-day workshop) will be covered by CIFAL Jeju.
Travelling from: Air fare limit
Eastern Asia $300 (participants travelling from Mongolia will receive $400)
South-Eastern Asia $450 (participants travelling from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar will receive $600)
Southern Asia $800 (participants travelling from Sri Lanka will receive US $700 and Nepal will receive US $900)
Pacific Islands $1,200
* Other points of departure ? please consult the CIFAL Jeju office.
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