African states are some of the most vulnerable to climate change and are believed to be most at risk of increased violence due to climate stresses and shocks. Migration as a coping mechanism to escape livelihood insecurity and political instability has long been visible in the African landscape.
The refresher course ‘Counteracting climate related migration: ‘Mobilising funds for local climate adaptation measures’ explores the interlinkages between migration, climate change and the environment. The facts and impacts of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa and the consequences on the stability in the region will be introduced. Promising practices in responding to disasters and environmental change and in managing migration will be shared and discussed.
To respond to climate change threats and reduce the risk of conflict and forced migration, financial investment in mitigation and adaptation measures is highly needed. Such climate funds play an important role in supporting countries to adopt low-emission and climate resilient development trajectories, particularly for capacity building, research, piloting and demonstrating of new approaches and technologies.
It is essential to identify the climate finance needs and understand funding in order prioritise the most appropriate mechanisms to ensure the flow of sufficient investment to meet with the goals of a country or region. However access to climate finance is often hindered by a lack of skills, at many levels, to write proposals that meet the complex technical and financial requirements of the funders. This refresher course discusses what climate finance is, where the funds are and how to access them. The participants will learn how to translate their local climate change adaptation ideas into bankable proposals.
By the end of the course the participants will be better equipped to help recommend measures to address the needs of people seeking protection following a disaster. They will be able to integrate migration into climate change adaptation planning. Knowledge about climate funds and skills to formulate bankable climate change adaptation proposals will be improved. And they will have increased knowledge about potential climate solutions to inspire them to support and initiate climate action in their own country.
It is intended for NFP alumni and their colleagues that successfully completed one of the following courses of Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation in the period 2010-2016:
- Climate change and food security nexus
- Managing risk in the face of climate change
- Climate change adaptation in food security and natural resource management
We are aiming for a balanced mix of participants from NGO, government, universities and research institutes, countries, gender and age. Work experience, motivation and the relevance of the course for the participants work are guiding in the selection process.
The refresher course is organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI), in partnership with Trinomics and the Centre Forestier de Recyclage a Thies, with expert input from local resource persons.
1. Apply latest August 19, 2019 at the website of Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation www.wur.eu/cdi. You will receive a confirmation and more information within a week. Early application is recommended as some procedures to finalise subscription (e.g. funding, visa) can take some time. Please include the following:
- Motivation letter
- Name and year of the WCDI course that you have participated in
2. As the application process takes time and requires several documents, we recommend that you start as soon as possible. A limited number of scholarships is available. You will be informed by WCDI if you have been awarded a scholarship once the selection has been done.