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7th Block course "Vulnerability and Disaster Risk Reduction" – South Africa

The University of the Free State - Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (UFS-DiMTEC), in collaboration with United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) are presenting the 7th Block Course in VULNERABILITY AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION from 2 to 13 February 2015, in Durban, South Africa.

The overall goal of the course is to increase the awareness regarding the complexity and importance of vulnerability and resilience in the field of disaster risk management.

Course syllabus


Date & venue

2 February - 13 February 2015


Please note:

Costs: R 7000.00 / 645 USD

Includes: 2 weeks course material, coffee/tea breaks, lunches, certificates and field trip.

Inquiries regarding the course fees should be addressed to Ms Alice Ncube at the University of Free State ( or 0027 51 401 2721/9701). The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) or University of the Free State (UFS) DiMTEC WILL NOT cover any travel, local transport or accommodation costs of students accepted. Accepted participants will have to organize their own accommodation while attending the Block Course.


How to apply

Please fill the application form and send it together with your CV

Deadline: 12 January 2015

Application form


Contact for application and registration: Ms A. Ncube


Tel.: +27(0)51 401 2721

Contact for payment: Me G. van Coppenhagen

Tel.: +27(0)51 401 2721