In order to promote learning and stimulate research on the best ways to address climate change vulnerability, the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) announced a new postgraduate level Programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change. The programme runs for five weeks in Tokyo, Japan from 20 February to 23 March 2012.
The 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 and who have already identified their thesis topic prior to arriving in Japan. The courses are also open to young faculty members, researchers and practitioners who have completed a master’s degree and are working in a relevant field.
The programme assessment is based on a research paper, presentations, class participation, and intermediate tests. The courses are practically-oriented and are taught by a highly qualified and diverse team of natural and social science scholars. Each course is designed to be worth 2 credits and comprises of 145 hours of work load. Students who successfully complete the course are awarded a certificate of completion and a transcript from UNU-ISP.
Applications can be submitted online at: http://cecar.unu.edu/apply. Limited competitive fellowships are available for candidates from developing countries. The application deadline is 20 January 2012 (31 January 2012 for applicants from Japan).
The courses have been developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR). UN-CECAR is a joint initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia. It is committed to developing postgraduate educational and research programmes on climate and ecosystems change, adaptation and sustainability science. UNU-ISP acts as the Secretariat for UN-CECAR.