UNEP/UNESCO Climate Change Adaptation Course Supports Development of Sound Land-use, Soil and Water Management Strategies

27 September 2013. Climate change can have considerable impact on soil and water resources, reinforcing the stress caused by population growth and rapid urbanization. In order to promote capacity building for the development of adequate adaptation strategies supporting sustainable water and land-use management, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Technische Universitat Dresden, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) organize the 60th Short Course on Climate Change Adaptation - The Soil-Water Nexus to be held from 9 October to 8 November 2013, at the Technische Universitat Dresden, in Dresden, Germany.

The course focuses on causes and dimensions of soil and water degradation, on adaptive conservation and reclamation technologies as well as on integrated soil and watershed management. Strategies for the protection of soils through sustainable land-use management are discussed. Principles of irrigation, reservoir design, and drinking water distribution are also highlighted. Lectures are held by professors of Technische Universität Dresden and experts from other environmental institutions in Germany and abroad. Excursions to various sites inform about the latest developments in the field of soil and water management. 

This course targets mainly  managers and decision-makers with pertinent professional experience in environment protection with focus on soil, land-use, and water management. A corresponding professional background (e.g. geography, soil science, water management) is a prerequisite. The course will be held in English, therefore, a good command of this language required. Participants successfully completing this course are awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Climate Change Adaptation. 

The 60th Short Course on Climate Change Adaptation is one of the three short courses offered by the UNEP/UNESCO/BMU International Postgraduate Training Programme on Environmental Management for Developing and Emerging Countries for the year 2013/2014. The programme has been realized at TU Dresden through the Center for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management (CIPSEM) since 1977 and offers every year one six-month course including a comprehensive range of environmental relevant aspects and several short courses of about 3 to 4 weeks duration concerning selective environmental topics. 

For further information about the course please see the flyer, contact Dr. Rolf Baur (unep@mailbox.tu-dresden.de) or visit: http://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/fakultaeten/fakultaet_forst_geo_und_hydrowissenschaften/cipsem/programme/sc60

For further information about the UNEP/UNESCO/BMU international Postgraduate Training Programme on Environmental Management for Developing and Emerging Countries please visit: http://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/fakultaeten/fakultaet_forst_geo_und_hydrowissenschaften/cipsem/programme/courses