Learning Journey Hazard and Risk Assessment Part one

Part one: Hazard Assessment, March – June 2023

Sound DRR programming relies on having solid assessment data. The data world is in a very dynamic stage, airborne data becomes increasingly accessible. Hazard assessments based on historical profiles and primary data collection with concerned stakeholders continues to play an essential role. More and more, organisations working in DRR, CCA and resilience strengthening need more solid, technical assessments complementing the community-based approach. This is particularly the case for preventive measures.

In order to keep abreast of time, the Swiss NGO DRR Platform decided to organise a learning journey on hazard and risk assessment.

Graph Solid hazard assessment


Enhance the capacity of practitioners on how to independently conduct a hazard and risk assessment, including how to retrieve airborne data, and determine the cost-benefit ratio of a DRR measure.

Target Audience

The learning journey is aimed at persons working in the field of DRR in programme countries as well as in head offices (in Switzerland and elsewhere). It is primarily geared towards employees of member organisations of the Swiss NGO DRR Platform but open to interested persons from non-member organisations.


The learning journey is organised in a modular way and conducted over a period of 2 years. The modules are grouped in the following packages:

  1. GIS, Satellite Data, Drones
  2. Hazard Assessment
  3. Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis

For details, see the training concept.

Programme of part one

The first year focused on hazard assessment and comprised 6 modules. The modules were conducted in form of webinars of 2 hours each, on Wednesdays from 13.00 – 15.00h CET. The dates and topics were as follows:

08.03.231. Introduction to hazard assessment
12.04.232. Acquisition of satellite-based data
26.04.233. Hazard assessment flood
03.05.234. Use of drones
24.05.235. Hazard Mapping Flood – Hazard Assessment in Programming
14.06.236. Hazard assessment landslide


The learning journey is organised and facilitated by Andrea Blindenbacher and Georg Heim.

  • Andrea Blindenbacher has a MSc in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing and has extensive experience in aerial data acquisition, processing and analysing. Andrea is responsible for package 1.
  • Georg Heim is a geomorphologist by background with a MSc in Geography. He has extensive experience in hazard and risk assessments, planning and realisation of mitigation measures. Georg is responsible for packages 2 and 3 and the overall organisation of the training course.

The Swiss Red Cross supports the facilitators and oversees logistics, administration and financial issues.

Further information