Flood and Drought Management Tools


A variety of E-learning resources have emerged from joint developments, cooperation among partners, recommendations and simply good-practices. The below list is an attempt to capture those offers available. This section will be updated with more content as the project progress.

If you feel certain e-learning platforms should be added here, do not hesitate to contact the PMU.


UNEP-DHI Water Webinar series: Technology innovation for better Flood and Drought management

Please click here for more information about the webinars.


This e-learning course is based on the results developed within the DEWFORA project, and aims to provide the participant with an in-depth understanding of drought early warning and forecasting.

DEWFORA is an EU Seventh Framework Research project focusing on improved drought early warning and forecasting to strengthen preparedness and adaptation to droughts in Africa.

The course is centred on the following 4 key questions that DEWFORA proposes as a protocol for the design and the implementation of drought forecasting and early warning:

  1. What is the science available?
  2. What are the societal capacities?
  3. How can science be  translated into policy?
  4. How can society benefit from the forecast?
Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Environmental Health and the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) developed this drought communication toolkit to provide materials about practical implications of drought, such as public health implications.
Cap-NetDrought Rick Management training
List of available e-learning sites with respect to flood issues

The course is designed for young and mid-level professionals who are involved in flood modelling or flood management, or who want to develop competences in this field, it is a postgraduate study ideally suited for flood managers, water managers, flood modelers / engineers and scientists dealing with floods.

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  • Identify the cause of a flood;
  • Identify the type of a flood;
  • Simulate a type of flood;
  • Interpret and evaluate the impacts of a flood;
  • Prepare and advise/communicate on possible flood prevention and mitigation actions, including technical and ethical considerations.
Climate change
The e-learning tool 'Planning for Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change' supports training on community-based climate change adaptation in agriculture. The tool links research-based knowledge on climate change impacts with examples and experiences on CBA drawn from FAO field projects and a range of country-specific case studies. The intended outcoume of the tool is to assist all actors, who face the challenge of initiating and facilitating adaptation processes at community level.
Basin management

The course is designed for young and mid-level professionals who are involved in decision making processes in river basins at different levels, or those who are developing modelling and information systems support for managing water resources in river basins. Participants who want to develop competencies in these fields can also apply for the course.

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  • Identify the key challenges in River Basin Management and understand the need for decision support tools;
  • Translate RBM problems into structured decision making problems using systems analysis approaches through formulation of alternatives and objectives;
  • Identify the role and applicability of modelling simulation for the purposes of decision support;
  • Set-up and execute moderately complex river basin simulation models;
  • Identify the role and applicability of various optimisation techniques for the purposes of decision support;
  • Identify the role and applicability of Multi Criteria Analyses (MCA) techniques for the purposes of decision support;
  • Understand the generic structure of a computer-based DSSs used in RBM and distinguish different types of DSSs.

The course is designed for professionals dealing with river basin management. Participants are typically from river basin organisations, regional or national governments involved in planning, water resources, forestry, agricultural, economic aspects of IRBM, nongovernmental organisations, companies or universities.

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  • Explain interaction between development, water and environment at the river basin scale;
  • Explain the importance of holistic approaches in river basin research and management;
  • Give an overview of the latest concepts, international trends and practices of Integrated River Basin Planning and Management;
  • Follow a step-wise approach in applying Integrated River Basin Planning and Management in a river basin.


Since 1986, ADPC has been recognized as a leader in training in topics related to disaster risk reduction and management in Asia-Pacific. Today, it is a well-known regional resource center for capacity building of national governments, intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, international non-governmental organizations, local non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations.

Through its multi-disciplinary approach, ADPC has been designing training curricula and conducting training courses in a wide range of disaster management disciplines.

Data tools

The IWMI WetIn app allows users to monitor rivers and streams in the Niger-Benue river systems in Nigeria.
The application provides 5-day river height forecasts at 4-5 stations using upstream-downstream forecast rating techniques from space-borne radar altimetry and hydraulic modeling. It also provides a graphical view of river water levels, historical information on flooding and the projected impact of climate change on water levels.

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