Chapter 4. University Actions for Disaster Risk Reduction and Developing Urban Resilience


Gislaine dos Santos¹, Jordan Henrique de Souza¹, Marcela Martins Carrara² and Rafaela de Mauro Tortorelli²
¹Department of Transport and Geotechnics, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brasil
²Engineering College, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brasil

Part of the book: The Challenges of Disaster Planning, Management, and Resilience


The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), between 2010 and 2020, developed the Campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My city is getting ready!”. To continue the Campaign, UNDRR launched the Initiative “Making Cities Resilient 2020- 2030” to mobilize local managers in compliance with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Initiative has an information panel that brings together the global register of cities and partner institutions that develops actions on this theme. However, implementation is not a reality due to the lack of training for public servants on the subject. Attentive to the need for public managers to train disaster risk reduction and resilience, the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), through teaching, research, and extension activities, became a partner in 2020 the Campaign and in 2021 of the Initiative. UFJF partnered with the Municipality of Juiz de Fora in 2020 to apply the Self-Assessment tool for resilience – preliminary level, began the work of translating the tools and support materials for the Brazilian Portuguese. In this context, UFJF structured a course of the translated tools aimed at disseminating the Initiative and contributing to the construction of a culture of management and planning using the tools for managers to develop the local resilience plan. The short course was completely online and free of charge for those interested. In addition to translating the tools and materials for Brazilian Portuguese, two free and online editions of the course “Making Cities Resilient – MCR2030 were developed”. The course “Making Cities Resilient – MCR2030” seeks to empower local managers in developing local plans and strategies to increase disaster resilience by applying tools aligned with the MCR2030 Initiative. In the two studies held in 2021, there were 341 graduates, where 86.5% of the students had ties with the local government. Among the graduates were representatives from 147 Brazilian cities and 26 cities from 4 other countries. From this perspective, the analyses of the performance and knowledge of the students proved the relevance of actions in the democratization of information for the development of global agendas at the local and regional levels. They also highlighted the importance of providing specialization courses to contribute to more in-depth training on the theme of public managers. In 2021, he started the first Lato Sensu Specialization class in Public Management in Civil Protection and Defense (GPPDC). The next Lato Sensu Specialization course is scheduled for 2023: Disaster Resilient Cities. Thus, this chapter presents the pedagogical methodologies of the two editions of the course “Making Cities Resilient – MCR2030” and analyzes the results achieved. In addition, it presents other opportunities found for the development of training focused on global agendas at local and regional levels. In addition to encouraging other cities to apply the tools and enroll in MCR2030, the study can boost other universities in developing resilient local and regional capacity through institutional partnerships. The study can also provide information to the Making Cities Resilient 2030 Initiative to update tools and methodologies.

Keywords: disaster risk reduction, local resilience plan, capacity, public university, resilience, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)


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