Pacific Disaster Center Fostering Disaster Resilient Communities  

Capacity Enhancement


Through well-designed training courses and experience-sharing by economies, participants have an excellent chance to get a comprehensive understanding of risk map and its application. For a period of time, we are having a discussion in Emergency Preparedness Working Group about, ‘What is an ideal way to deliver capacity building project?’ I think the [US APEC TATF-PDC] workshop in Taipei should be one of the best references for future EPWG projects.

Dr. Wei-Sen Li, Deputy Executive Secretary, National Science & Technology Center for Disaster Reduction, Taiwan

Solutions for Training and Capacity Development

PDC has worked with governments, organizations, and private interests to develop training solutions that enhance understanding, build knowledge, and develop skills through a variety of learning modalities, including hands-on exercises, group activities, and sharing of best practices. Areas of expertise include natural hazards, comprehensive disaster management, damage assessment and needs analysis, data collection and management, risk and vulnerability assessment, and disaster risk reduction. We also provide technical training for PDC's disaster management applications.


PDC in Action

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Workshop
In cooperation with APEC’s Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG), and in coordination with the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction–Taiwan, PDC conducted a “Workshop on Hazard Mapping and Risk and Vulnerability Assessment” for over 50 attendees from APEC member economies. Through presentations, group activities and hands-on geospatial information systems (GIS) training, PDC experts covered key concepts of risk and vulnerability assessment methodologies – identifying and profiling hazards, assessing hazard exposure and vulnerability, and prioritizing mitigation strategies. Participants explored ways that GIS can be used to augment risk assessments and effectively communicate risk to reduce loss of life and impacts to people and property.