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Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Dates: 19-30 September, 2016

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 resources 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, therefore the training covers local, national, and international approaches. A number of case studies and practical examples, preferably presented by the participants themselves, as well as group exercises and interactive work will be used across the two weeks. Special attention is given to rural areas and the situation of smallholder farmers.

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 agricultural and natural resources systems as well as rural areas. They will have applied a number of tools and instruments, i.e. to assess the vulnerability to climate change impacts and to identify adaptation and mitigation options. Participants will have learned about and critically reflected upon international and national processes regarding adaptation and mitigation, while never losing sight of the consequences of climate change for smallholder farmers.

Course Content:

In order to fully understand the complexity of the topic, participants need knowledge (facts and figures on impacts of climate change), skills (exercises and practical application of tools), and attitude (openness to work under uncertainty. Effective learning is based on a blended learning approach with various training methods, such as instructor-led training (trainer inputs, expert talks), and interactive training methods (role plays, quizzes, group work, structured Q&A) in the following fields:

  • Climate change terms, concepts and the physical science basis
  • Climate change impact on agriculture, natural resources, food security, rural livelihoods, and health
  • Climate change institutions and international climate finance
  • Climate change adaptation planning and action in rural areas

Trainers: Till Sterzel, Nora Koim

The preliminary course programme can be found here.