“Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) is the sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems to reduce disaster risk, with the aim to achieve sustainable and resilient development.” (Estrella and Saalismaa, 2013)

In October 2011, at the third network meeting of the Center for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), CNRD and the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) decided to develop a joint Master’s module entitles, “Disasters, Environment and Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR)” for introduction at CNRD partner universities and beyond.

The module was developed over a period of six months followed by a Train the Instructors (ToI) workshop in August 2012 in Cologne, Germany. After an initial pilot testing phase by 10 CNRD universities, the module is to be officially launched at the 7th World Environmental Education Congress in Marrakesh in June 2013. The future goal is to reach a broad array of universities worldwide who are interested in implementing the entire or parts of the Eco-DRR module.

For more information please contact:

Marisol Estrella: marisol.estrella@unep.org

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