Training of Trainers
Integrated Urban Flood Management
5-9 March 2012
This training of trainers’ course is part of a collaborative programme between Cap-Net/UNDP and APFM/WMO to capacitate water professionals, capacity builders, local authorities and other stakeholders to manage urban floods in the context of integrated water resources management. The focus of the programme is on development of sustainable flood management for cities.
Floods have increased impacts during the last decades due to increased concentrations of population in flood risk areas in urban environment, together with effects of climate variability. Floods account for 50% of natural disasters total impacts on the population and the population most vulnerable are in developing countries. Urban population reaches 50% of total population worldwide and it has been forecast by United Nation that in 2050 urban population will be about 70%. Every person born in cities in the coming years will put strong pressure on natural resources whilst occupying small spaces with a combination of potential hazards such as floods.
The main source of flood hazard has been land use in flood risk areas and the increased frequency of floods due to impervious areas in dense urban areas. The reasons for population vulnerability in developing countries included weak Institutions, lack of urban planning and outdated storm-water and flood plain management.
It is within this framework, and contributing to capacity building towards these understandings, that Cap-Net/UNDP, WMO/APFM, CK-Net, Rhama, ESCAP and STI-Thailand organise this training of trainers’ course. It is expected, that workshop participants – representing capacity building networks and other organizations - are committed to multiply and share learning’s in these subjects in their own environments. Completing the workshop, a training package will be available to support and facilitate this process.
The aim is to develop an integrated and interdisciplinary vision on urban flood management. Introduce managers and decision makers to the knowledge of integrated and long term sustainable flood management for cities.
The workshop will mainly target participants with capacity building responsibilities in order to ensure replication and scaling-up of programmes and impacts. The workshop will in particular target participants with knowledge and experience in capacity building and research in the field of urban flood management who can transfer the knowledge to professionals of any background working in the urban environment, and decision makers in general.
The workshop will use adult learning tools, focusing on participants sharing their own experiences, and guided by the introduction of new conceptual approaches and tools. There will be a combination of short lectures, practical exercises, group work and discussion. The course will be supported by training materials developed on urban flood management. Contents will also be generated by other partners and course participants. Participants are encouraged (and expected) to bring in experiences with the application of water resources management for urban flood management. Modules will be supported by specific cases to be brought in by the participants. Each participant will be given the materials used in the training and a package containing useful resources introduced during the course.