Water Resilient Recovery: A Course on Bridging the Gap between Disaster Risk Recovery and Water Resilient Planning

This short course focuses on aligning the short-term focus of disaster recovery and the long term scope of climate resilient planning. The face-to-face portion of this course will be held at The HEAD Foundation facilities in Singapore.

For whom?

Professionals in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), urban planning and management, and urban climate adaptation.

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Understand conflicts between disaster recovery and climate resilient planning;
  2. Review policies and practices in South East Asia;
  3. Identify and apply methods to integrate climate resilient planning into disaster relief;
  4. Develop skills to recognize stakeholders, organisational structures and processes during disaster relief planning periods;
  5. Apply these principles to an actual case

Course content

The course consists of an online portion covering much of the theory and background. Participants can run through the material and perform task at their own pace, which makes the course ideal for high level practitioners and executives. The second part of the course will consist of a 1-week face-to-face training in Singapore with a focus on skill and application. Participants will develop a take-home plan tailored to their particular conditions and needs.

The course builds on the knowledge acquired from IHE-Delft courses such as Urban Flood Management and Disaster Risk Mitigation, Water Resources Planning, Water Sensitive Cities, and Water Conflict Management, among others. Yet, the focus on resilient recovery is new and offers an innovative approach that differs from the typical courses on disaster management, flood risk management or climate adaptation. 


Part 1: Online course (using IHE-Delft’s state-of-the-art learning platform)

  • Introduction to DRR
  • The Sendai Framework
  • 10 essentials for DRR
  • The DRR cycle
  • DRR: The stakeholder dimension
  • Lessons from recent natural disasters
  • Building urban resilience
  • Conflict between DRR & resilient city planning
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Moving towards resilient cities
  • Climate resilience in practise: urban examples from the globe

Part 2: Face-to-face learning (Singapore)

Based on actual plans from the participants:

  • Enhancing existing recovery plans with water resilient features;
  • Integrating community needs
  • Drafting tailored take-home plans
  • Identifying future challenges


This course was made possible through the gracious support by The HEAD Foundation.






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