Postgraduate Programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change
14 Oct 2014 - 7 Nov 2014
This training programme covers a range of issues on sustainability and adaptation to climate and ecosystems change. Topics include climate and atmospheric science, impacts assessment, climate and society, ecosystems resilience, risk and uncertainty, integrated solutions for mitigation and adaptation, mainstreaming adaptation into development planning and community-based adaptation. Participants also receive practical training in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and in down-scaling rainfall forecasts. The programme is open to students who are currently enrolled in a university postgraduate programme.
E-Learning Course on Climate Change Diplomacy: Negotiating Effectively under the UNFCCC
22 Sep 2014 - 16 Nov 2014
This online course will develop participants' understanding of the climate change policy framework by building an appreciation of the science, causes and impacts of climate change, the history of the policy making process and the UNFCCC framework. It will also take a close look at the negotiations to-date and will consider the hot topics for negotiators as we move towards establishing a new global agreement on climate change by 2015. It will highlight the role of gender in the negotiations and also the specific interests of parties who are most vulnerable to impacts of climate change.
E-Learning Course on Economics of Climate-Resilient Development
8 Sep 2014 - 30 Sep 2014
This e-learning course aims to explore the basics for developing economically viable climate-resilient plans. The course starts with a review of the scientific consensus on changes in climate patterns and projections to the future, and explains the rationale for countries to develop climate-resilient plans that will help them to move away from a business-as-usual development path. The course ends with a practical application of the How-to Framework, where learners will have the opportunity to put into practice their learning on how-to develop climate resilient plans, and how to factor-in the costs of adaptation. The practical application is based upon a policy scenario in the agricultural sector, where learners will need to make decisions for managing the country’s risk to the potential threats of climate change.
Short Course on Water Management and Climate Change Adaptation
3 Sep 2014 - 26 Sep 2014
This short course addresses both water quantity & quality issues within an integrated water management. The curriculum comprises lectures, seminars, site visits and excursions on aspects like: meteorology (climate, water cycle); hydrology (water balance, basic hydraulics, catchment hydrology, hydrology of extremes); groundwater (groundwater flow, water extraction and safe yields, artificial groundwater recharge, salt water intrusion); surface water (irrigation, principles of reservoir design, sediment transport and erosion, flood protection, rehabilitation of rivers and lakes, ecology of inland waters, mechanisms of eutrophication); urban water (urban water infrastructure, water purification and distribution, waste water treatment); and decision support systems, to list some of them. After the completion of the course participants should be able to actively contribute to the conservation of water resources in their respective countries in general and with respect to climate change adaptation in particular.
Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy
13 Jul 2014 - 18 Jul 2014
This summer academy offers an opportunity to gain extensive experience in public and private sector climate finance. This is taught through theoretical classroom learning enhanced by practical sessions in financial modeling and case studies. With a clear finance focus, the programme is suitable for both public and private sector practitioners, including entrepreneurs, project developers, private investors, initiator/fund houses, international development finance consultants and managers, plant operators and manufacturers, engineers and advisory professionals. Other interested parties, such as academics in finance and engineering are also welcome to apply to the programme.
This forum is a trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments in Africa. It is a place to discuss the latest development in the carbon market and how the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and other mitigation mechanisms can be successful in Africa. The Africa Carbon Forum includes matchmaking and deal facilitation sessions where carbon project developers can showcase their projects to investors and carbon buyers. Participants can expect:
- updates on recent developments in the international carbon market; - information on the challenges dealing with global climate change; - discussions with project developers and technical specialists from various sectors and technologies; - best practices and lessons learned from the implementation of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Africa; - sessions with respected experts from the public and private sector on strategies and measures promoting the benefits of the CDM in Africa emphasizing the new Programmatic CDM approach; - opportunities for CDM project developers to showcase projects to private sector representatives in matchmaking and deal facilitation sessions; - building networks and finding partners throughout the forum.
Course on IWRM as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change
30 Jun 2014 - 18 Jul 2014
Delft, The Netherlands
This course aims to give the participants an understanding of the relation between climate change and water resources. During the first week, the theoretical background is given. In a one-day field trip, a practical example of dealing with (future) climate change in a municipal water system is highlighted. In the second and third week entitled ‘framework for modeling in water and climate’, the participants learn to apply the climate change and variability issues in a set of modeling tools and come up with practical and integrated options to deal with climate issues in water management. The course is designed for professionals actively involved in the water and climate sectors.
International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM)
Webinar on Building a Holistic NAMA MRV on a CDM Standardized Baseline
18 Jun 2014
This webinar presents a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) in the rice cultivation sector. Methane emissions from rice cultivation in irrigated rice fields are a major source of GHG emissions in many countries. The webinar provides an overview of how default emission factors developed as part of a standardized baseline can build the foundation of an easy-to-apply MRV framework using only the information on the area over which the NAMA intervention has taken place. Other topics to be discussed in this webinar include delivery of Environmental or Social Goods (ESG), challenges to the NAMA implementation and operational structure of the NAMA, as well as the possibilities for the promotion of similar mitigation actions in other countries.
High-Level Event on Land Use Management and Climate Change
17 Jun 2014
Washington DC, United States
This one-day meeting, organised by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the World Bank, the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), TerrAfrica and Connect4Climate will foster high-level discussions on common solutions to the interlinked challenges of climate change and desertification. The panel speakers will discuss the intersection of climate change, desertification and poverty, including discussion on Ethiopia's land management programme and UN programmes the help establish the link adressing desertification and adressing climate change.
E-learning Course on Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector
9 Jun 2014 - 29 Jun 2014
This course aims to educate and enable key senior and mid-level executives to further understand the business complexities presented by climate change so that they can integrate it into corporate action plans and strategies; identify risks, opportunities and markets for new plans and strategies; and adapt the material for internal use, and use course material as a stand-alone reference guide.
Webinar on the Participation of the Private Sector in Low Emission Development Strategies
5 Jun 2014
This webinar will showcase three of initiatives developed in Brazil, Costa Rica and Mexico to discuss with speakers and participants about the challenges and opportunities of involving the private sector in all stages of design, implementation and evaluation of low-emission development strategies (LEDS).
Webinar on Poultry Greenhouse Gas Emissions Assessment
4 Jun 2014
This webinar introduces three sector specific guidelines focusing on the assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from the poultry, small ruminant and animal feed supply chains. The guidelines present a methodology for the assessment of the environmental performance of livestock supply chains.
Conference on Monitoring, Reporting and Verifying GHG Emissions Under Existing and Developping Carbon Pricing Mechanisms
3 Jun 2014
This one day conference will present an in-depth analysis of the existing and established carbon pricing initiatives and greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting frameworks around the world. These include monitoring, reporting and verifying (MRV) for GHG inventories at the national and sub-national levels (e.g., Covenant of Mayors), facility level in emissions trading schemes (e.g., EU, California) and voluntary corporate reporting frameworks (Carbon Disclosure Project) as well as sector-based and project-based in pay-for-performance mechanisms. Emerging innovative technologies for estimating GHG emissions in the academic and industrial research world will also be presented. The MRV procedures in the new and emerging carbon pricing initiatives will also be presented, with a specific focus on their similarities and differences with established mechanisms. Presenters and panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges for building credible, consistent, and compatible MRV infrastructure across the world to support global mitigation action.
his forum will be aimed at facilitating finance of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in the region by both public and private institutions. It will participants an overview of the latest developments and achievements regarding climate finance. Among the forum’s objectives are: to promote financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in West Africa ; to share knowledge about the latest developments and achievements regarding climate finance in West Africa and globally ; to network with peers from regional public and private financial institutions and to meet with clean energy project developers.
UNEP Risoe Center, Banque Ouest Africaine de Developpement (BOAD)
E-learning Course on Policy Instruments for Low Emissions Development: From Design to Implementation
2 Jun 2014 - 20 Jun 2014
This e-learning course aims to assist participants to plan, design and implement policy instruments to help spur their country into a low emissions development path. The course starts by discussing the rationale for Low Emissions Development (LED) policy and the expected benefits of such policies. It continues with a broad overview of LED policy instruments and is enriched with examples of how these instruments have been implemented worldwide. Individual lessons provide more details on the design and implementation of specific policy approaches, including information and labeling programs, voluntary industrial agreements, performance and technology standards for the industries and vehicles, emissions trading systems, and carbon taxes. The course finalizes by providing policy diagnosis tools and strategic guidance for policy implementation. The diagnosis tools can help countries to identify and select policy instruments suitable to their specific needs.
Resilient Cities 2014: Fifth Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation
29 May 2014 - 31 May 2014
This forum focuses on: risk data and analysis; climate change adaptation planning and policy; comprehensive climate change adaptation approaches; collaborative and community-based adaptation; resilient infrastructure and city-region support systems; and governance and capacity building.
ICLEI– Local Governments for Sustainability, World Mayors Council on Climate Change
Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas
27 May 2014 - 29 May 2014
This forum will bring together key disaster risk reduction (DRR) stakeholders throughout the Americas and will be a participative space for knowledge sharing that promotes the planning, monitoring and collective decision making and strategy, as well as actions to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), all with linkages to international and national climate change adaptation efforts. The Fourth Session is co-organized by the UNISDR Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR - Americas) and Ecuador's Secretariat of Risk Management and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and participation planned by subregional DRR organizations. The forum will feature a high level panel on mainstreaming DRR and climate change adaptation in public policies, as well as four thematic sessions on: risk reduction and special segments of society; DDR, climate change and the development agenda; governance and public policies on risk reduction; regional consultation surrounding the new framework for DDR post-2015 (HFA2).
This online course is designed to provide learners with an overview of the critical concepts of climate finance as well as tangible best practices for scaling-up international climate finance to address mitigation and adaptation activities in developing countries.
International Conference of Tourism and Climate Change
18 May 2014 - 20 May 2014
Legazpi, the Philippines
This conference aims to examine tourism's ability to both mitigate and withstand climate change. Asia-Pacific leaders will discuss how to ensure the tourist sector, which is experiencing above-average growth, continues to contribute to development and does so sustainably. Over 200 participants from the tourism industry and government from 18 countries are expected.
Citizen Engagement to Support Urban Climate Governance
14 May 2014
This webinar will summarize insights from preliminary World Bank research and report on current approaches being used to foster citizen engagement in urban climate governance. City-level practitioners are particularly encouraged to join the webinar and share experiences with innovative engagement and advocacy activities, methods and models. Following the webinar, we will bring the conversation to the Scaling Up Climate Action Collaboration Platform to engage in an e-discussion designed to further elicit feedback.
5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
13 May 2014 - 16 May 2014
This ministerial conference aims to discuss the challenges that the warming continent is experiencing because of climate change and other risk drivers. Last year, 37 countries in the region experienced at least one major disaster event including droughts, floods and heat waves, affecting millions. The disucssion will be used to inform the negotiations for the new global agreement on disaster risk reduction to succeed the existing Hyogo Framework for Action.
Federal Republic of Nigeria , Economic Community of West African States
Central Asia Climate Knowledge Forum
13 May 2014 - 15 May 2014
This forum will bring together policy-makers and practitioners from Central Asian governments (Ministries of Environment, Economy, and Finance), external experts, national and regional learning institutions, universities, civil society organizations, development partners, organizations as well as other stakeholders interested in climate resilient development. About 100 participants are expected to attend the Forum. The event will include a high-level roundtable – National and Regional Climate Resilience Program Design for Central Asia – among policy makers from Central Asian countries and development partners.