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The reasons for population vulnerability in developing countries included weak Institutions, lack of urban planning and outdated storm-water and flood plain management.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, IPH/UFRGS. Rhama and Cap-Net Brasil have organised a training of trainers’ course. It is expected, that workshop participants –representing capacity building networks and other organizations- are committed to multiply and share learnings in these subjects in their own environments. A training package is available to support and facilitate this process.
The course is targetted towards participants from Africa and Latin America. A second course will be held early next year, organised by partner network CKNet, for participants from Asia and the Arab Region.
For questions related to the courses, please contact Kees Leendertse at firstname.lastname@example.org