The Florida International University’s Extreme Events Institute, with support from the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) offers an eight-month Spanish language certificate on Local Development Planning, Land Use Management, and Disaster Risk Management, designed for the Latin American and Caribbean countries.
This initiative is led by Florida International University, and developed in alliance with faculty from the Universidad de Chile, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Argentina), Universidad de Quintana Roo (Mexico), and Universidad de Nacional de Colombia-Manizales Branch.
The Graduate Certificate comprises 6 independent academic courses required for successful completion, developed by the aforementioned universities. The six courses are each 6-weeks long and offered in chronological succession:
1. Disaster Risk Reduction, Adaptation to Climate Variability and Climate Change
2. Urbanization and Disaster Risk
3. Governance and Disaster Risk Reduction
4. Public Policy, Planning and Urban DRR
5. Land Use Management, Environmental Management and DRR
6. Integrating DRR and Municipal Zoning: The Manizales (COL) case
The 2017-2018 cohort began in September 2017 and ends in June 2018.