This regional workshop for Pacific countries on climate change adaptation has been promoted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Launched in 1992, SGP supports activities of nongovernmental and community-based organizations in developing countries towards climate change abatement, conservation of biodiversity, protection of international waters, reduction of the impact of persistent organic pollutants and prevention of land degradation while generating sustainable livelihoods.
Hands-on Training Workshop on Mitigation Assessment for the Asian Region
27 Feb 2012 - 2 Mar 2012
This workshop, organized by the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention, provides hands-on training on mitigation assessment for the Asia and the Pacific region.
Course on Sustainable Land-Water Management: Towards a Climate-Smart Agriculture
24 Feb 2012 - 28 Feb 2012
This course is a regional training of trainer event focusing on climate-smart agriculture practices through land-water management. It aims to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills on concepts and practices of climate-smart agriculture and how-to achieve it through sustainable land-water management, with updates from Durban COP17 where agriculture became part of climate negotiation agenda. The 5-day course, including a field trip day, explores the triple wins of climate-smart agriculture – food security, climate adaptation and mitigation. It features case studies, interactive exercises and innovative learning experiences.
African Institute for Capacity Development, Japan International Cooperation Agency
E-learning Course on CDM Programme of Activities: Challenges and Opportunities
20 Feb 2012 - 2 Mar 2012
This e-learning course helps project developers, carbon market agents, development practitioners and government agencies to better understand the opportunities and challenges of Programmatic CDM and illustrates how it can be used as a tool for catalyzing low carbon development. Participants should have a general understanding of the CDM/JI project-based mechanisms. The course is delivered in 3 modules which take about 8 hours to complete. It uses interactive presentations and provides discussion forums.
Postgraduate Programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change
20 Feb 2012 - 23 Mar 2012
This postgraduate programme includes 2 courses. Course 1 focuses on Science, Impacts and Vulnerability, and Course 2 focuses on Approaches to Adaptation. They cover 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. A week-long practical training on Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software is provided in conjunction to the courses. The programme is open to students who are currently enrolled in a university postgraduate programme but they are also open to young faculty members, researchers and practitioners who have completed a master’s degree and are working in a relevant field.
University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research
Webinar Series: Emerging Issues in Economics – Climate Change, Disaster Risk and the Urban Poor
16 Feb 2012
This webinar is part of a free monthly webinar series that aims to educate and foster discussion around pressing issues in development. This session presents key findings of the Mayor's Task Force on Climate Change, Disaster Risk and the Urban Poor which has developed a set of broad actions that cities can undertake to build resilience particularly for those at greatest risk. Among these are i) a cost effective approach to understanding risk in cities, ii) ways to integrate climate change and disaster risk reduction policies for the poor into urban planning and management, iii) approaches for building institutional capacity to deliver basic services and reduce vulnerability to climate and disaster risk, iv) examples of how communities and local governments work together on local solutions, and financing opportunities for cities. After the presentation, participants have the opportunity to interact with the speaker through a question and answer session.
The workshop is aimed at policy makers and energy sector planners of member countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The objective of the workshop is to raise awareness and share information on World Bank tools, instruments and best practices on financing climate change adaptation and sustainable energy. It is designed to help identify knowledge gaps and capacity building needs of the Caribbean region in the context of climate change and discuss types of financial mechanisms suitable for OECS countries.
The e-Learning course exposes city officials and practitioners to cutting edge tools on vulnerability assessment, policy and programs stock tacking and gaps analysis, finance access and on decision making under uncertainty to identifying options and establishing priorities to make the city more resilient to climate change impacts and natural disasters. The e-Learning course is delivered through 4 modules: (i) Module 1 Introduction; (ii) Module 2 Technical Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment; (iii) Module 3 Accessing Finance for urban DRM and resilience; and (iv) Module 4 Building the LRAP and Implementing the Action Plan.
E-learning Course on Sustainable Urban Land Use Planning
13 Feb 2012 - 30 Mar 2012
This e-learning course aims to ensure that participants have a functional and integrated understanding of the dynamics of urban land use and demonstrate how to effectively utilize policies and planning instruments to manage urban growth and achieve sustainable, equitable and efficient development outcomes. The course is composed of 7 modules. One of them specifically analyses the linkage between climate change and land use planning. The course includes a tutor-guided discussions, exercises on strategies, programs and action plans, and self-administered tests.
Negotiating Climate Change: From Durban and Beyond
13 Feb 2012 - 6 Apr 2012
This online course aims to 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 also considers the pertinent challenges currently facing diplomats and international decision makers in making progress with what is currently on the negotiating table. The course targets mid to senior-level government officers in ministries preparing for and/or taking part in conferences in relation to climate change as well as staff of intergovernmental/nongovernmental organizations. It also targets entry-level and mid-career diplomats working in a multilateral setting. Private sector specialists and students whose work or studies are related to this subject are also encouraged to apply.
National Workshop in Dominican Republic for UN CC:Learn Project on Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change
7 Feb 2012
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
This National Workshop provides an opportunity to discuss the UN CC:Learn project in the Dominican Republic with concerned government sectors and interested organizations and sets the stage for the development of the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development. Specific workshop objectives include to: develop a common understanding of the UN CC:Learn project; define the national coordination structure for the project; take stock of relevant national and international initiatives; identify key actors to be engaged in developing the National Strategy; agree on the objectives, TOR and work plan for developing the National Strategy; and foster engagement of educational and vocational training institutions.
UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies, the Dominican Republic
Webinar on Adaptation in Practice - Evaluating Innovative Approaches under the SCCF, LDCF and SPA
7 Feb 2012
During this webinar the GEF Evaluation Office presents findings from its most recent evaluation on the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the challenges encountered through its evaluations on adaptation funding under the Strategic Priority for Adaptation (SPA) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). The webinar features five presentations followed by a Q&A session.
Workshop on Energy Efficiency Planning for Buildings
7 Feb 2012 - 9 Feb 2012
This workshop is part of a series of training events that have been organized by the World Bank under the program “Climate Friendly Energy Efficiency Policies across South-East Europe”. The event focuses on the energy efficiency planning cycle for buildings and covers a range of topics - from diagnostics, to auditing, budgeting and planning for energy efficiency activities. A special emphasis is given to the opportunities and challenges in the implementation of energy efficiency programs and projects in the context of South-East Europe.
The e-Learning course on cities and climate change serves as an introductory course providing an overview of basic concepts, policies, institutions and financial instruments. Its overall objective is to encourage city leaders and decision makers to undertake climate actions suitable to local needs. Specifically, the course provides practical knowledge and skills to: integrate appropriate climate actions into city-wide agendas; apply proven tools and methodologies to identify the best course of climate action planning; facilitate collaboration with different stakeholders and partners in planning and implementing climate actions; and utilize policy, financial and technical instruments available within and outside administrative boundaries in designing and implementing timely climate actions. The course primarily targets mid-level and senior officials, advisors and development practitioners. It includes multimedia and interactive learning elements, as well as case studies.
E-learning Course on Clean Development Mechanisms and Joint Implementation: Navigating the Kyoto Project-Based Mechanisms
1 Feb 2012 - 28 Feb 2012
The e-learning course provides a comprehensive overview of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the Joint Implementation (JI). It is delivered in 10 modules which take about 20 hours to complete. It uses interactive presentations, case studies, and discussion forums. The course enables participants to: understand all aspects of the Kyoto Protocol’s project based mechanisms; understand the governance of these mechanisms; start a CDM of JI project; and understand the CDM and JI Project Cycles and corresponding rules and procedures.
Workshop on Carbon Monitoring of Smallholder Agricultural Projects
1 Feb 2012 - 3 Feb 2012
This workshop aims to build hands–on capacity and know how to establish monitoring systems and model derived emission factors for smallholder carbon monitoring of agricultural carbon projects. The three-day workshop is also expected to provide a platform for networking and sharing experiences among participants during and beyond the training.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Agro Forestry
PhD Block Course: Vulnerability and Disaster Risk Reduction
25 Jan 2012 - 3 Feb 2012
Bloemfontein, South Africa
This course targets postgraduate students and aims to highlight the complexity and importance of vulnerability and resilience in the field of disaster management, development and risk reduction, including weather related hazards. After completing the course, students will: be aware of the multi-dimensional nature of vulnerability and the necessity for an interdisciplinary approach; be able to critically evaluate and understand different concepts and frameworks of vulnerability; be able to analyse the role of vulnerability and resilience in disaster risk management and development planning; be in the position to understand and implement models and methods for vulnerability assessment; be in the position to implement measures and activities which enable shifting from vulnerability to resilience.
University of the Free State Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa
Workshop on Building Resilience with Common Capital - Managing Shared Resources, Meeting the Challenges of a Rapidly Modernizing World under Climate and Ecosystem Change
23 Jan 2012 - 25 Jan 2012
This is the first of a series of workshops which explore ways and means of enhancing resilience of communities to climate and ecosystems change. It discusses the “new commons” shared governance and management systems, where various actors and stakeholders can participate in working towards a low carbon, resource circulating, nature-harmonious society. The participants are invited experts representing countries in the region that have strong expertize in the management of traditional rural production (Satoyama type) landscapes systems and experts from global/regional organizations that have relevant programs associated with such systems.
Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, DIVERSITAS, International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change
Webinar Series: Emerging Issues in Economics – Signals from Durban: Next Steps for Climate Change
17 Jan 2012
This webinar is part of a free monthly webinar series that aims to educate and foster discussion around pressing issues in development. During this webinar, Neeraj Prasad, Manager of the Climate Change Practice at the World Bank Institute outlines the key achievements and remaining issues of the Durban Climate Change Conference. He summarizes the outcomes affecting the Kyoto Protocol and the possible impacts on carbon markets beyond 2012. He discusses the emerging framework of the Green Climate Fund, reviews possible time-lines and overall highlights opportunities emerging for developing countries as the global community enters a new phase of multilateral climate change negotiations. After the presentation, participants have the opportunity to interact with the speaker through a question and answer session.
COP 17 Side Event: The UN System Delivering as One on Climate Change: Helping Countries to Implement the Cancún Agreements
7 Dec 2011
Durban, South Africa
During this side event, Parties to the Convention and United Nations system leaders share experiences and identify further needs for implementation of the Cancún Agreements. They also showcase best practices for implementation in the key areas of finance, mitigation, adaptation and technology transfer, as well as investment readiness on all these fronts. The event focuses on four sub-themes: enhancing readiness and technical assistance for climate finance; building capacity for adaptation in LDCs, SIDS and other vulnerable countries; enhancing technology transfer; and capitalizing on the opportunities of moving towards a green economy.
UN CC:Learn Parallel Event: Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change: A One Day UN CC:Learn/UNFCCC COP 17 Workshop to Support Implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC
4 Dec 2011
Durban, South Africa
This one day workshop provides an opportunity to: take stock of international developments related to Article 6 of the UNFCCC; share initial experiences from UN CC:Learn pilot countries; review a draft guidance note/methodology to support development of a National Human Resource and Skills Development Strategy; and present learning services offered by international development partners. It targets UNFCCC and Article 6 Focal Points, representatives from UN CC:Learn pilot countries, international development partners involved or interested in climate change capacity development, and anybody interested in a strategic approach to climate change learning. The workshop takes place in the margins of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, 28 November to 9 December 2011, Durban.
UN CC:Learn COP 17 Side Event: Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development - Perspectives from UN CC:Learn Pilot Countries and UN Partners
3 Dec 2011
Durban, South Africa
Building upon initial experience gained in UN CC:Learn pilot countries, and taking into account experience from UN agencies and other partners, this side-event features an interactive discussion on opportunities and challenges of developing and sustaining human resource capacities and skills to address climate change. The side event has two parts. The first part features a moderated discussion with representatives from UN CC:Learn pilot countries, followed by discussant statements from international UN CC:Learn and other development partners. The event concludes with an open discussion on key considerations that should be taken into account in strengthening country-driven human resource development to address climate change. The outcome of the event will feeds into the further development of a UN CC:Learn Guidance Note on Developing a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development.
UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies, Government of Uganda
COP 17 Side Event: Kick Starting Africa’s Carbon Markets: Success Stories from the Field
2 Dec 2011
Durban, South Africa
This side event provides project developers, carbon asset developers, banks, and investors the opportunity to learn more about how to benefit from the African Carbon Asset Development (ACAD) Facility grant making and training activities. It showcases successful African examples of financing and implementation of CDM and Gold Standard VER projects. Lessons learned by banks and project developers involved in the ACAD Facility are shared on how to make carbon finance work in Africa. Presentations are followed by an interactive discussion on how to scale up and replicate demonstration projects and how to enhance ACAD’s impact as it enters its second phase from 2012. A video-documentary, launched in Durban at the COP-17, showcasing ACAD projects and their impacts on the ground, is also screened.
COP 17 Side Event: Strengthening Institutional Capacities for Climate Change Research and Training: Lessons-Learned
2 Dec 2011
Durban, South Africa
This side event has the objective to share the benefits and challenges of North-South, South-South triangular cooperation as an approach to institutional capacity building, and to recommend how this approach can be up-scaled. Nine research and training organizations from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific and the Caribbean collectively form a Climate Change Capacity Development (C3D) network. The Partners collaborate in developing and testing methodologies in support of climate change decision-making.