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Training course on GIS for disaster risk management

Thailand: The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, the Asian Institute of Technology, the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente, the Netherlands (ITC), and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research’s Operational Satellite Applications Program have announced the 7th International Training Course on GIS for Disaster Risk Management, GIS4DRM-7. The course aims to provide an overview of the use of spatial information in Disaster risk management. It will be held during October 17-28 at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
Rapid population growth and urbanization combined with extreme climatic events are causing a rapid increase in vulnerability of communities exposed to hazardous events. As a result, disasters are increasingly taking heavy toll of life and property. Unplanned growth both in urban and non-urban areas calls for an adequate preparation to reduce the impact of disasters. There is a great need to utilise disaster risk information in planning for effective coping mechanisms of disaster risk reduction.
Disaster risk information is spatial in nature and GIS plays an important role in disaster risk assessment and management. For this, there is a significant need to create awareness among the disaster management professionals regarding the importance of GIS usage. The course not only reveals what spatial data is and how it is collected, but also emphasise on the use of such spatial data during pre- and post-disaster management such as during early warning, hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment, damage assessment, as well as in the design of risk reduction measures. The course ultimately hopes that scientific advancement can be utilized for better disaster risk reduction practices.
The course is open to all participants who are working or will be working in the organizations where spatial information is used or considered to be used for the purpose of disaster risk management, disaster management, or disaster risk reduction. There is no prerequisite GIS knowledge for participant who is interested in this course. 
The course welcome participants from all geographic areas, however the class size is limited to 30 persons. ADPC accepts nomination on a “first come, first served” basis provided the applicant meets the course requirement. Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by the organisations. An application form is available on ADPC website at .
Application form should be submitted to ADPC by 30th September 2011 through email, fax or postal mail.
Source: www.adpc.net