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New Affiliated Course on Climate Change and Water Management in the Senegal River Basin

09 March 2020 | Senegal

Aiming at promoting the dissemination of knowledge that is focused on regional issues, UN CC:Learn has recently affiliated a new e-learning course on climate change and its impacts on transboundary water management in the Senegal River basin.

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The new course, called "Addressing climate change in the management of water resources and wetlands in transboundary river basins: the case of the Senegal River Basin",  is particularly targeted at policy-makers and decision-makers at the regional and national level in West Africa and is available in French, for free, on the UN CC:Learn e-learning platform. 

The course has been launched by Organisation de Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Sénégal (OMVS). It has been developed by DHI (Danemark), TROPIS (Sénégal) et Gaston Berger University (UGB) of Saint Louis (Senegal). In four modules, divided into eight lessons, users can catch a glimpse of the negative impacts of climate change on the river basin, but also discuss opportunities and solutions. More specifically the modules cover:

1 - Key Climate change concepts: definitions, scenarios, impacts and adaptation measures
2 - Current and potential impacts on water resources and the environment
3 - Adaptation measures
4 - Project development and climate finance.

The proposed solutions provide an opportunity to reduce the vulnerability of the communities living close to the river shores, to improve its water management process, and to increase resilience. Currently, three million people are already being affected by changes in the river, having access to a reduced quantity of water for irrigation, as well as of potable water to drink and cook.

To receive a certificate of completion, all the 8 lessons must be followed and the associated quizes succeeded. 

About UN CC:Learn

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).