Changing climate and weather patterns will have severe negative impacts on natural resources and consequently on food production and food security in developing countries. At different governance levels and scales, appropriate responses are needed. But in many countries affected there is insufficient capacity to facilitate the processes that are required.
Adaptation and mitigation as institutional change processes
Developing the capacity to facilitate change
Climate change adaptation and mitigation activities are part of complex change processes. These require the involvement of many stakeholders: local communities, farmers, businesses, scientists, policymakers, extension workers and media. Within the area’s affected there will be a growing need for facilitators that have the capacity to manage these complex changes.
This course is designed to give participants a full understanding of climate change, its impacts and adaptation and mitigation concepts. It also builds their skills to apply tools for stakeholder engagement, policy influencing, advocacy and negotiation. The training approach is interactive and hands-on; it includes practical fieldwork and development of individual action plans.
Course objectivesUpon completion of the course you will:
- have a better understanding of climate change and its impacts;
- be familiar with international and national adaptation and mitigation strategies;
- be able to apply social learning techniques and adaptive management in relation to governance and institutional change;
- be able to understand innovative practices for adaptation and mitigation;
- be able to place climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of sustainable development.
The course is intended for mid-career professionals, dealing with climate change adaptation and mitigation options in developing countries, working for a research organisation, NGO, government or civil society. Participants need to have a relevant tertiary education with at least five years of experience in a course-related discipline like agriculture, water management, biodiversity, forestry, or other natural resources management. Competence in the English language is required.