Course

Climate change adaptation in agriculture and natural resource management

Without appropriate responses, climate change is likely to constrain economic development and poverty reduction efforts. But if you plan for it, adaptation to climate change is possible. Well-designed strategies, based on climate-smart approaches, can offer ways out.

Organised by Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation
Date Mon 3 February 2014 until Fri 14 February 2014

Integrating climate change in sustainable development

Become involved with climate-smart strategies

Climate change is ‘hot’ in public and political debate, but triggers little reaction from policymakers. While climate change negotiations take place in the international arena, there is often limited knowledge and understanding of climate change and its implications at the local level.

Going beyond the science of climate change adaptation, the focus of this course is the translation of the policy documents and research into climate-smart adaptation strategies. Participants with an interest to take climate change adaptation further than the paper these policies are written on, are encouraged to apply. The training approach is interactive, with plenary and group work, study assignments, case studies, role-plays and fieldwork. Participants will be able to effectively and meaningfully contribute to the debate on climate change adaptation, either in policy processes or in research; to fuel the debate or to implement climate-smart policies.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • have a better understanding of climate change, its causes, risks and implications for food security, agriculture and natural resource management;
  • know concepts for adaptation and mitigation;
  • understand climate-smart agriculture and natural resource management;
  • be familiar with vulnerability assessment, coping strategies and sustainable development processes;
  • understand competing claims, indigenous knowledge, conflict management and advocacy in climate change;
  • be able to integrate climate change issues into existing policy processes and rural development strategies.

Target audience

Applicants should have a relevant tertiary education, and at least three years of professional experience in a relevant field like policy development in agriculture, natural resource management or sustainable development. Competence in the English language is required.