The conservation community makes significant contributions to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and livelihood security efforts, globally. However, such contributions are not widely communicated, recognised and invested in (especially by key humanitarian aid donors). The training course demonstrates the critical links between ecosystem management, DRR and climate change adaptation for policy makers, practitioners, donors and scientists. It also equips participants with concrete ecosystem management tools that can catalyse ecosystem based DRR. The interactive training course was established in 2010 and up to 10 IUCN member countries have requested for it to be conducted, so far. The training based on the PEDRR training package (www.pedrr.net), was designed as a 3-5 day course for decision-makers and professionals working with disaster risk reduction, land use- and environmental planning in developing countries. It will be distilled into a one-day intensive program, to provide a basic understanding and appreciation of the role of the environment and ecosystems in DRR. Further information on the training content can be viewed on the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction website (www.pedrr.net/training).