Training 1.3

Climate change adaptation and mitigation in the natural resource and agricultural sector

Dates: 5-16 August, 2019

This course emphasizes the drawbacks of global unsustainable development, in particular in the natural resource sphere, and its contribution to an accelerated global warming. Policies, concepts and mechanisms of natural resource management, agriculture and food security are discussed and their links to climate change adaptation and mitigation are analyzed. An effective response to climate change requires multi-level, multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder action. Case studies and practical examples, preferably presented by the participants themselves, as well as group work and active learning activities will be used during the 5-days. Special attention is given to rural areas and the situation of smallholder farmers.

The content is designed for an introductory to intermediate level, providing "all you need to know" about the basics of climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation, with clear, concise and up-to-date information. It is designed for those seeking a general understanding of climate change in the rural and natural resource sector, ranging from adaptation and mitigation projects to climate science and governance.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this training participants will have a comprehensive knowledge on causes and impacts of climate change with a special emphasis on food, agricultural and natural resources systems in rural areas. They will have learned about tools and instruments, i.e. to assess the vulnerability to climate change impacts and to identify adaptation and mitigation options. Participants will know and have critically reflected upon international and national processes regarding adaptation and mitigation, while never losing sight of the consequences of climate change for small-scale farmers.

Course Content:

In order to fully understand the complexity of the topic, participants need to appropriate the ‘climate lens’, including knowledge (facts and figures on impacts of climate change), skills (exercises, tools) and attitude (working in complex settings and under uncertainty). Effective learning is based on a mix of training methods, comprising instructor-led sessions (trainer inputs, expert talks, case studies by participants) and active learning activities (group work, quizzes, experience exchange, structured Q&A) in the following fields:

  • Climate change terms, concepts and the physical science basis
  • Climate change impacts on natural resources, food security and agriculture
  • UNFCCC instruments and international climate finance
  • Actors and examples of adaptation and mitigation projects
  • Adaptation planning and action in rural areas


The training course programme for 2019 will be uploaded here soon. Meanwhile, please have a look at last year’s programme.


Tuition fee: 1550,- euros  Early Bird Offer: 1350,- euros when enroling until 30th of April 2019.


Till Sterzel & Martin Rokitziki


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