From 3–12 March, twenty-one participants from across the Asia-Pacific region took part in the 2019 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School (YRS), hosted by Universitas Gadjah Mada, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The YRS is an annual event organised under the ProSPER.Net initiative of the UNU-IAS Education for Sustainable Development programme.
The theme for this year’s YRS, ‘Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation’, provided participants with the opportunity to engage with issues related to Ecosystem-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) in the context of the tropics, as well as an understanding of the issues and problems related to hazards and disasters within the context of the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The programme consisted of a series of lectures and field trips, introducing a range of topics including disaster vulnerability analysis, climate change adaptation, and best practices in post-disaster response. Students were able to see real-life examples of disaster risk management, in particular buildings constructed to house displaced communities. They also honed their science communications skills through a competition in which they were challenged to present their research in a concise and compelling way suitable for a non-specialist audience.
For more details about the 2019 YRS, please click here.