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Urban Resilience, Food Security and Ecological Health Promotion

Urban Resilience, Food Security and Ecological Health Promotion

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International Short Course - Italy - South Africa
Urban Resilience, Food Security and EcologicalHealth Promotion
Introduction - Urban Environments, Ecological Health and FoodSecurity
The environments in which we live are key determinants of health and prosperity.Food security and nutrition are fundamental to improving public health and areoften constrained by urban and social Environments reflecting social and historicalinequities. These social determinants of health are largely responsible for healthinequities and difference in health status experienced across nations and socio-economic classes. Urban form and the built environment also impact on health inmultiple ways, including access to economic opportunities, environmental qualityand physical activity patterns. Urban design and development interventionsinformed by the fields of food security and ecological health promotion representa powerful way to enhance public health and stimulate more equitable economicparticipation.
Presentation of the Course
CESTAS, with the support of the University of Bologna (DISTA - Department of Agroenvironmental Sciences and Technologies and the Agriculture Faculty)
and theUniversity of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and in cooperation withSiyakhana Initiative for Ecological Health and Food Security, is proud to introduce
the International Short Course in South Africa “Urban Resilience, Food Security andEcological Health Promotion”.
 The international short course is an intensive 3 weeks-program, one week (12-15September 2011) in Italy (Bologna) and 2 weeks (9-23 October 2011) in South Africa(Johannesburg), for a total of 93 hours lectures and practical training.Objective of the course is to provide participants with theoretical and practicalcompetences with regard to the promotion of human health in a dimension of environmental sustainability, food and nutritional security, sustainable urban designand urban agriculture. Through an interdisciplinary approach, participants will gainan insight into the following core concepts:-
Health Promotion
Socio-Ecological Strategies for Healthy communities-
Food security and nutrition-
Health and Urban Form-
Sustainable urban design-
Permaculture and Agro-Ecology-
Climate Change and Urban ResilienceParticipants will be able to conduct a situational analysis of an interventionprogram, identify opportunities aimed at strengthening interventions, integrateparticipatory community mobilization processes, design and recommendintervention strategies to realize the opportunities identified.Students will get in contact with the complexity and challenges related to theseissues, with a focus on the South African urban and peri-urban contexts.
Essential informationCertification
After successfully completing the course, to all participants will be issued acertificate of competence.
Participation fee
The fee amounts to 1,500 € and includes
Course in Italy (18 hours of taught classes)-
Course in South Africa (75 hours of classes and study visits)-
Lodging in Johannesburg in double/triple rooms, breakfast included.-
Insurance (Resident no problem + RCT + injury-death-tropical sickness)-
Internal transportation by minibus to field trip sides-
Meals during the teaching sessions in South Africa (lunch + coffee break)-
Logistic assistance during the whole period of the course-
Teaching materialsThe fee does not include the flights, other meals and the eventual lodging inBologna. An estimation of the extra costs amounts to about 1.230
Flight Bologna-
Johannesburg (roundtrip) 900€
Dinner (for 15 days) and weekend meals 2
50 €
Daily transportation between accommodation and lecture venue 80€
 Participants may, upon request, choose to let CESTAS book of the flight on theirbehalf, by paying the necessary amount directly to CESTAS.
Target group
The course is open to:-
graduate; post-graduate students, PhD holders
undergraduate with experience and motivatedinterest in the relevant field: territorial planningand sustainable development, health andnutrition, urban agriculture
sustainable development, urban agriculture, food security, healthpromotion, urban resilience
3 weeks (12-15 September / 9-23 October 2011)
Registration form and payment by 29/07/2011 - Min. 12 participants
1,500 €
CESTAS (Bologna)
Good knowledge of English (written andspoken)
Good social and team-work skills
Coping skills
Strong motivation

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