On 22-26 February, APCICT will welcome more than 30 participants from over 21 countries in the Asia-Pacific region to a Regional Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop in the Republic of Korea. The workshop, co-sponsored by the Korean International Cooperation Agency, is to be held in Seongnam, Republic of Korea and will deliver training on two new, upcoming Academy modules: Module 9 – ICT for Disaster Risk Management; and Module 10 – ICT and Climate Change, Green Growth and Sustainable Development.
APCICT’s fourth Regional TOT is designed to develop a cadre of regional resource persons who will be able to deliver training on how governments and development stakeholders can best use ICT to mitigate and manage disasters, and monitor and abate climate change. The workshop will also provide valuable participant-generated feedback on the content and design of modules 9 and 10 before they are officially launched later in the year.
Participants of the workshop will be made up of regional development stakeholders, government officials and academics from the fields of ICT, disaster risk reduction and climate change. To learn how ICT is practically applied in the field, participants with spend half a day at the National Emergency Management Agency, Korea’s national disaster management body.
Training on Academy Module 9 will be delivered by resource persons from the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, which developed the module in collaboration with other experts in the area of disaster risk reduction and APCICT. The module provides government officials and policymakers with an overview of disaster risk management (DRM), presents an approach for identifying information needs in DRM, aims to familiarize learners with existing ICT applications for DRM, and discusses benefits and barriers for utilizing ICT in DRM efforts.
Training on Academy Module 10 will be delivered by author Richard Labelle. Module 10 aims to provide policymakers with an understanding of the role that ICTs play in observing and monitoring the environment, sharing information, mobilizing action, enhancing decision making, promoting environmental sustainability and mitigating as well as adapting to climate change. The module also explores the potential of ICT to transform the economy into an engine for sustainable “green” growth, while integrating ICT into such an economy.