Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate

The toolkit was jointly developed by the UN Environment's Disaster Risk Reduction and the Center for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany. It was the first MOOC featuring ecosystem-based solutions for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. It was based on an earlier the Masters Module on Disasters, Environment and Risk Reduction.

Open to all, with no restrictions, the MOOC offered access to a global network of disaster management and climate change adaptation experts and policymakers free of charge. It recorded over 12,000 participants drawn from over 183 countries. The MOOC promoted objectives of the Eye on Community Sustainability and & Resiliency; and Eye on Disaster Management.

The MOOC was designed at two levels: the leadership track and the expert track.

  • The leadership track (6 introductory units) provided general introduction to the fundamental concepts. It was suitable for people from all backgrounds who wished to have a basic undertaking of the topic.
  • The expert track comprised of 15 units, provided in depth learning on the various tools of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

The course was delivered by both scientists and practitioners, with guest lectures from global leaders and experts, such as Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the UN Environment, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, former Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Rajendra Pachauri of Teri University and affiliated with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and Margareta Wahlström of the UN International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).

A certificate was provided on successful completion of the course.

Further Resources