Confronting Climate Change

In 2021 we are launching a new onine course: Confronting Climate Change. This new course focuses on adaptation and resilience while also providing participants with an understanding of the wider scientific and policy contexts of the climate crisis. It replaces our previous ‘physical’ training courses, as part of our own adaptation to the COVID-19 pandemic, although we may offer in-person training in the future if and when circumstances permit.

The new course includes content on climate science and impacts, the Paris agreement and the wider context of international negotiations, the net-zero agenda and prospects of delivering it, the factors that enable and impede climate action, and how climate change intersects with the COVID-19 pandemic and associated recovery plans.

This exploration of the wider climate change landscape is followed by an examination of key terms and concepts related to adaptation and resilience, and the relationship between adaptation, resilience and social and economic development.

The final three modules furnish participants with the skills they need to integrate adaptation and resilience into planning, policy, programming and project design. These modules include content on stakeholder engagement and co-production, climate risk screening, risk and vulnerability assessment, using climate information, planning for ‘transformational’ adaptation, and identifying, prioritising and implementing adaptation actions. These modules are accomoanied by practical exercises, and

The final module addresses how to assess the quality and effectiveness of adaptation actions from the project to the national scale, through monitoring, evaluation and learning systems and frameworks.

A preliminary outline of the course, arranged into seven modules, is provided below. We are still developing the content, and this page will be updated with details on price, duration, and other information in due course. In the meantime, feel free to contact us for further information.

Module 1: Climate change science and impacts

  • Climate change and variability on different timecale
  • Historical warming and its causes
  • Future warming – scenarios and projections
  • The impacts of climate change to date
  • Potential future climate change impacts
  • Long-term perspectives and past analogues

Module 2: Policy and institutional responses to climate change

  • The UNFCCC and international negotiations
  • The Paris agreement and its goals
  • Meeting the Paris goals – the Emissions Gap
  • The net-zero agenda and commitments
  • Delivering net-zero – technologies, challenges and barriers
  • The role of norms and value in climate (in)action
  • Climate finance – amounts, sources & destinations
  • Confronting climate change in a post-pandemic world

Module 3: Understanding adpatation and resilience

  • Key concepts – hazards, risk and vulnerability
  • Key concepts – adaptation and resilience
  • The adaptation deficit and maladaptation
  • Incremental versus transformational adaptation
  • Transformational adaptation versus transformational change
  • Deep adaptation and the politics of doom
  • Delivering adaptation and building resilience after COVID-19

Module 4: Adaptation and social & economic development

  • The adaptation-development continuum
  • Adaptation as an aspect of development
  • Adaptation, Paris, climate science and the SDGs
  • The Paris Agreement and adaptation principles
  • Framing adaptation to 2030 and beyond

Module 5: Adaptation mainstreaming & climate risk assessent

  • Adaptation integration versus stand-alone adaptation
  • Risks and benefits of integration/mainstreaming
  • Climate screening for projects & programmes
  • Climate vulnerability and risk assessment
  • Using climate information in climate risk assessments
  • Addressing uncertainty and using scenarios
  • Practical exercises on screening, risk assessment and the use of online information portals

Module 6: Adaptation and resilience planning, programming and decision-making

  • Capacity, engagement and co-production
  • Identifying and selecting adaptation actions
  • Principles and criteria for good adaptation
  • Enhancing adaptation ambition
  • Balancing short-term priorities and long-term needs
  • Planning for large risks – phasing transformational adaptation
  • Practical exercise on identifying adaptation actions

Module 7: Assessing the effectiveness of adaptation

  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) – a quick overview
  • Challenges of adaptation MEL
  • Adaptation as a means to an end – MEL implications
  • Measuring resilience – hazard, impacts and systems based approaches
  • Ex-ante assessment using adaptation principles & criteria
  • Medium-term assessment through tracking of resilience indicators
  • Long-term tracking using development, wellbeing and climate indicators
  • Examples of adpatation MEL systems and frameworks
  • Practical exercises on the development of MEL frameworks, the identification of indicators, and the use of climate information and development indicators to track longer-term adaptation performance