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Natural Disaster Risk Management Program



EMI implements the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery's (GFDRR) Global Distance Learning Program on Natural Disaster Risk Management (GFDRR-NDRMP), a series of online courses designed to build competency in DRM practice globally. The NDRMP aims to raise the awareness of key stakeholders and enhance the analytical skills and professional knowledge of development practitioners in specific areas of DRM. Many of the courses administered by EMI have been localized with examples and case studies from the Philippines and other parts of the world.


Courses offered under NDRMP:

  • Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Framework (CDRMF)
  • Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)
  • Safe Cities (SC)
  • Financial Strategies for Managing the Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters (FINSTRAT)
  • Earthquake Risk Reduction (ERR)
  • Damage and Reconstruction Needs Assessment (DRNA)
  • Climate Change and Disaster Risk (CCDR)
  • Risk-Sensitive Land Use Planning (RSLUP)
  • Gender Aspects of Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation (GENDER)
  • Risk Analysis (RA)

Target Participants

  • Local chief executives; elected officials of cities, municipalities, and provinces; city, municipal and provincial government officers; members of local and regional legislative and development councils
  • Administrators, disaster managers, emergency planners, and staff members of local planning, engineering, and disaster management offices
  • National government officers involved in housing, site planning, infrastructure, utilities, public works, hazards mitigation, disaster management, land management, urban planning and development, land use planning, and other staff members of development, planning, and disaster management agencies
  • Civil Defense-deputized coordinators, community leaders, NGO staff members, and development workers
  • Professionals from the construction and real estate industries such as subdivision planners and developers, site planners, construction managers, builders, private contractors, architects, civil and structural engineers.


Course Fees

US $250 per course. Discounts are available through group enrollment to encourage institutional learning (one free applicant for each five registered applicants)


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Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Framework (CDRMF)
April 14 - May 23 || August 4 - September 12 || October 6 - November 14, 2014
Course Brochure

This course addresses basic questions such as "why are disasters a development issue?" and "what are the components of comprehensive disaster risk management?" The course reviews the institutional arrangements and financing mechanisms of disaster management systems, and identifies the role of national and local actors in the processes related to risk assessment, mitigation and financing. This course targets general development practitioners to raise their awareness and sensitivity in prevention of natural disasters.

Earthquake Risk Reduction (ERR)
March 31 - April 30, 2014
Course Brochure

This course links the science and engineering of earthquakes to structural and non-structural risk reduction practices. The course introduces the basic approaches to earthquake risk reduction, discussing the effectiveness of each in various regions of the world. The course targets government officials, particularly from public works agencies and planning organizations, as well as design professionals and utility operators, in order to improve the planning and development of build environment and infrastructure.

Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)
February 24 - March 26, 2014
Course Brochure

A course, for community leaders and NGOs, focusing on prevention, mitigation, and the need for the participation of local actors in designing, developing, implementing, and monitoring activities related to disaster risk reduction.

Damage and Reconstruction Needs Assessment (DRNA)
July 7 - August 6, 2014
Course Brochure

This course enhances the participants understanding of the social, economic and environmental effects of natural disasters, and enables them to assess these effects. The course is based on the UN ECLAC methodology andpresents instruments for quantifying direct damages, indirect losses, and the overall macroeconomic effects of catastrophic events. The target audience includes the staff of government agencies, both central and local, and representatives of international aid agencies.

Climate Change and Disaster Risk (CCDR)
May 26 - June 25, 2014
Course Brochure

An introduction to the science of climate change, including its effect on natural hazards. This course reviews the trends in magnitude and frequency of climatic extremes, and the changes in average climatic conditions. It likewise explores the linkage between disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, and outlines strategies, methods, and tools for integrated climate risk management.

Risk Sensitive Land Use Planning (RSLUP)
January 27 - February 26, 2014
Course Brochure

The Land-Use Planning course is a specialization course developed for professionals involved in design and maintenance of public infrastructure, critical facilities, and lifelines. The main target audience for the course is land use planners, zoning officers, building and housing officials, and housing officers.

Financial Strategies for Managing the Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters (FINSTRAT)
November 17 - December 17, 2014
Course Brochure

The course offers financing strategies for risk management. The course focuses on financial, economic and development impacts of disasters, and trade-offs (costs and benefits) involved in disaster risk financing. The course provides policy makers and disaster managers with tools and institutional designs for improved planning and budgeting processes, and national macroeconomic projections. This specialization course targets officials from finance ministries, planning organizations, and public works agencies.

Safe Cities (SC)
Course Brochure

A course for urban managers and planners reviews the processes, regulations, enforcement issues, and methods of reducing exposure to hazards and limiting the physical vulnerability of high-density settlements.

Gender Aspects of Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitataion (GENDER)
September 15 - October 15, 2014
Course Brochure

This course aims to contribute to improving knowledge of relevant policies, regulations and tools for implementing gender sensitive disaster management practices focusing on disaster recovery and reconstruction.


Risk Analysis (RA)

This course demonstrates how risk analysis is applied to formulate disaster risk reduction policies. It introduces tools and models used to assess disaster impact, both direct and indirect, and methods to quantify it for earthquakes and floods.

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