Every year it becomes clearer that climate change is happening at a rapid pace and that it will have a profound impact on agriculture and management of natural resources. Without appropriate responses, climate change is likely to constrain economic development and poverty reduction efforts.
Climate change in sustainable development
Become involved with climate-smart strategies
Climate change is again ‘hot’ in public and political debate. Waves of attention seem to have relation with what is happening in international climate negotiations. The upcoming Paris UNFCCC Conference of Parties triggers much reaction from policymakers, NGOs and the private sector. But was have these negotiations to do with local problems and initiatives for climate change adaptation? The focus of this course is the translation of policy documents and research into climate-smart adaptation strategies. And about what you and your organisation can undertake yourself for adaptation to climate change. Participants with an interest to take climate change adaptation further than the paper these policies are written on, are encouraged to apply. The training approach is interactive, with plenary and group work, study assignments, and a personnel action plan.
- Participants of this course will have full understanding of climate change adaptation concepts;
- They are able to effectively and meaningfully contribute to the debate on climate change adaptation, either in the policy process and/or in providing knowledge to the policy process.
- They will strengthen their positions in these processes on the basis of newly acquired concepts, skills and methodologies.
What themes will be covered in the course?
- understanding climate change (concepts such as adaptation and mitigation, causes and risks) and implications for food security, agriculture and natural resource management;
- concepts and assessment of vulnerability, resilience, coping strategies and sustainable development processes;
- climate smart agriculture and natural resource management;
- examples of adaptation strategies to climate change;
- policy making processes, advocacy and integrating climate change issues into existing policy processes and rural development strategies.
Applicants should have a relevant tertiary education, and at least three years of professional experience in a relevant field like policy development in agriculture, natural resource management or sustainable development. Competence in the English language is required.