This course is designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners in two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans. Specifically, it will provide guidance in identifying which species or systems are likely to be most strongly affected by projected changes; and understanding why these resources are likely to be vulnerable, including the interaction between climate shifts and existing stressors.
The target audience includes conservation practitioner and other conservation managers who work on natural resource issues and need to determine which resources are most vulnerable when setting priorities for conservation action.
Participants will understand how to design and interpret natural resource related climate management actions to help build resiliency and adaption. Specifically, participants completing the course will be able to:
- Understand vulnerability assessment in the broader context of adaptation planning and other relevant contexts,
- Evaluate the different factors influencing vulnerability and how they can affect the outcome of vulnerability assessments,
- Identify and critiquing/evaluating the approaches for conducting a vulnerability assessment and choose among the options
- Design a vulnerability assessment applicable to their needs,
- Evaluate and interpret the results of vulnerability assessments and recognize next steps,
- Communicate the purposes, methods, and results of vulnerability assessments to others,
- Develop (elements of) a vulnerability assessment workplan/statement of work, including level of effort.
Module I: Introduction to the impacts of climate change
- Introduction to extreme events and gradual changes of the climate
- Impacts on different natural and managed systems/ sectors (ecosystem, agricultural, freshwater, urban infrastructure, and society)
Module II: Vulnerability and Vulnerability Analysis
- Introduction to the concept of vulnerability.
- Focused discussion on the vulnerabilities of different ecological and social systems.
- Coastal vulnerability
- Particular Issues for developing countries
- Tipping points in the Earth System.
- Qualitative to semi-quantitative methods to evaluate vulnerabilities and impacts.
- Discussion on prioritization of different adaptation options.
- Qualitative measures of decision support.
- Connections between adaptation and mitigation: trade-offs and mal-adaptation.
Module III: Adaptation
- Introduction to the concept
- Indicators of adaptation
- Problems of its operationalization.
- Potential adaptation options for issues of food security, energy security, and transport in developing and developed countries, and the limits of adaptation.
- Factors influencing adaptation strategies (technical, institutional, financial).
- Constraints to developing strategies; consequences of adaptation strategies.
- Resilience to climate change possibilities.
Module IV: Practical/ Field work /methodology
- Investigations and collection of data, drawing concept maps, etc.
- Analysis of results with different evaluation methods (network analysis, including a software solution).
- Deriving and testing various adaptation means.
The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.
- The participant must be conversant with English.
- Upon completion of training the participant will be issued with an Authorized Training Certificate
- Course duration is flexible, and the contents can be modified to fit any number of days.
- The course fee includes facilitation training materials, 2 coffee breaks, buffet lunch and a Certificate upon successful completion of Training.
- One-year post-training support Consultation and Coaching provided after the course.
- Payment should be done at least a week before commencing of the training, to DATASTAT CONSULTANCY LTD account, as indicated in the invoice so as to enable us prepare better for you.