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Climate Proofing of Infrastructure Investments

Dates: March 22 – 26, 2021




Developing countries, emerging economies, and investment banks are investing billions in durable infrastructure every year. However, they often fail to take account of future climate change in their planning. As a result, new infrastructure projects (e.g. from the agriculture, transportation, or energy sector) are being implemented without consideration of climate change risks. This leads to high potential for damage, loss and misguided investment with potentially serious consequences for the economy and society. For this reason, infrastructure adapted to the impacts of climate change is one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. From this starting point, this training aims to instruct participants in how to take climate-related risks into consideration, when planning investments into infrastructure. 

Course Objectives

The overall objective of the training course is to provide participants with a sound knowledge on how to assess and reduce climate-related risks for infrastructure investments. This training focuses on methodological aspects of climate proofing and participants will learn via a case study about the infrastructure investment process, existing tools to assess climate risks, and about options to integrate climate change adaptation in infrastructure projects. At the end of the course, participants will be able to analyse infrastructure projects with regard to climate change risks, threats, and opportunities. 

Course Content
  • Identification of entry points for climate risk reduction within the infrastructure investment process
  • Performance of a risk assessment to identify underlying reasons for climate risk within your infrastructure investment 
  • Identification of adaptation and mitigation options and entry points in infrastructure projects, incl. mainstreaming of identified climate change response options 
  • Simple cost-benefit analyses in the context of climate change response options for infrastructure investments 

Course Programme

Preliminary course programme 2021 (available soon)

Course Methods

The training is based on the Harvard Case Method, which supports adult learning from experience: Introduction to the topic – Group exercise with a given case – Presentation of results – Reflection on relevance to participants’ needs and future applications. This method is complemented by interactive exercises which integrate emotions and movement into sustainable learning processes.

Target Group

The training addresses professionals working in international cooperation, policy advice, project formulation, or related areas. Ideally, participants already have first plans or ideas how the course content can be applied in their working context. Good command of English is mandatory.




Magdalena Hoerst is an expert in climate change adaptation and climate risk management. She focuses on mainstreaming climate change into projects and planning and provides trainings for decision-makers and development cooperation professionals in this field.  In her work as consultant, she facilitated processes across Africa and Asia to incorporate climate change risks in project planning and implementation. This expertise forms the foundation of her training approach to provide course participants with hands-on tools to make the integration of climate change response option a meaningful, interesting, and easy task in their working contexts

Course material

Will be provided before start of the course

General information

The training course takes place at the Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Course hours are from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday unless otherwise noted.

The tuition fee is 875,- euros per participant.
This includes:
  • 5-day training course
  • Catering during coffee breaks
  • Photo-Documentation
  • Certificate of participation
Individual costs for travel, accommodation, visa fees, insurance and personal allowances are not included.

Apply now through the online enrolment form!

Contact Details

Ms Annika Buchholz, SLE TRAINING Programme Manager

Tel.:       +49 (0) 30 20 93 46 881

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