Garama’s 3-day course on Climate Change Adaptation and Mainstreaming for Development Professionals is aimed at development professionals, policy makers and planners who need to integrate or ‘mainstream’ adaptation into their work, and institutions that need to develop their own mainstreaming and climate change safeguards systems. The course will furnish participants with an understanding of existing and emerging methodologies including climate change screening, climate risk assessment, the identification and selection of adaptation measures, and the evaluation of adaptation. It will also give them an understanding of the wider scientific, policy and funding contexts for adaptation and mainstreaming. Through the training of key individuals, the course will help develop the capacity of organisations to design and implement their own climate change mainstreaming and safeguards systems to address climate change risks and opportunities in their operations.
The course costs £895, not including accommodation (see this interactive map for accommodation options). It will be held in Norwich, UK, and will run from 14-16 January, 11-13 March, 22-24 July, and 7-9 October 2014 (with options for additional dates where there is demand). Contact us to register or download the registration form.
Full details of the course are given below. You can download an indicative programme (pdf) based on the 8-10 October 2013 course. The programme for future courses will be very similar to this. You can download a pdf version of this course description here.
Who should apply?
- Development professionals from NGOs, government departments, donor organisations, agencies tasked with implementing adaptation, and other organisations, who are beginning to address climate change adaptation in their work and need to develop their skills further in this area;
- Representatives of organisations that need to develop formal mechanisms for mainstreaming climate change, including climate safeguards systems, portfolio screening mechanisms and risk assessment methodologies;
- Individuals working on climate change and development issues who want to achieve a better understanding of the interface between development and climate change, and improve their knowledge of emerging mainstreaming tools and approaches.
- Participants should be proficient in English.
Summary of course content
The focus of the course is on mainstreaming processes and mechanisms, including screening for climate risks and opportunities, climate risk/vulnerability assessment, the identification and selection of adaptation measures, and the evaluation of adaptation. The taught sessions on these topics are accompanied by practical exercises designed to familiarise participants with the key steps and mechanisms in the mainstreaming process, as well as the expanding body of guidance and tools for mainstreaming.
Work on the practicalities of mainstreaming is complemented by contextual content on the science of global climate change, key concepts such as risk and vulnerability, the relationship of adaptation to development, adaptation in different sectors, and adaptation finance.
There will be some discussion of global mitigation pathways and targets, the concept of green growth, and adaptation-mitigation linkages. The role of climate screening in identifying opportunities for low-carbon development also will be addressed. However, the purpose of the course is not to address low-carbon development, energy or related issues in any great depth. (To discuss training in these areas, contact us).
For a detailed course outline, see below or click here for a pdf version.
The course is delivered by Nick Brooks, Garama’s Director. Since 2005 Nick has worked as a consultant on climate change, adaptation and development issues for a variety of organisations including AfDB, DFID, the EC, UNDP and the World Bank. Prior to that he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Nick holds a PhD in climatology from the University of East Anglia (UEA), where he studied at the Climatic Research Unit.
Nick is a regular trainer on the University of East Anglia’s annual Climate Change and International Development residential short course, and has designed and delivered climate change training courses for AfDB, DFID, the EC/EuropeAid, and UNDP. Nick has developed guidance on screening and climate risk assessment for the EC and UNDP, and has undertaken climate risk assessment and screening work for a variety of organisations, most recently for DFID Tanzania and DFID Rwanda. He leads on the methodological development of the TAMD evaluation framework and is lead author on two TAMD technical papers.
For a list of the training courses in which Nick has been involved, see his short biography here.
Guest speakers may be involved in the course subject to availability and relevance to participants’ interests. For example, on the October 2013 course, Garama Affiliate Heike Schroeder from the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia closed the training with a talk on climate finance, international climate policy and climate negotiations. There is the possibility of bringing in additional trainers on request to cover specific topics of interest to participants (see below).
The course is run as a residential course in Norwich, UK, either at the Garama offices or a nearby location (depending on numbers of participants). Accommodation is within easy walking distance of the training venue. Norwich is 2 hours by train from London, and is accessible by air via Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, from where frequent connecting flights make the approximately 45 minute trip to Norwich International Airport. Norwich airport is less than 10 minutes (traffic permitting) from the training venue, in the heart of the city. Norwich is a small medieval city known for its well preserved historic centre, many churches, numerous pubs and good shopping. The city centre contains a host of bars, cafes and restaurants, as well as a vibrant daily market, all within walking distance of the training venue.
The course is also run as a mobile course that can be delivered at a location chosen by the client (e.g. an institutional headquarters, or regional or country office). More information on mobile and bespoke training can be found here.
The maximum number of participants in the course is 20, and the minimum number is 4. Generally it is expected that the number of participants will be around 6-12.
Dates and frequency
The will be run several times a year, subject to demand. You can find a list of course dates here.
We are happy to discuss adding additional dates to the calendar where there is demand, for example, if an institution wishes to send a number of staff (we need a minimum of 4 participants to run the training) on the residential course and has a preference for particular dates. If you want to attend the training but the advertised dates are not convenient, please feel free to inform us and let us know when would work for you. If we have enough demand we can add dates to the calendar.
Meeting your specific needs
We will endeavour to make sure that the course is as relevant as possible to participants, for example by selecting appropriate examples for the exercises and including content with a relevant sectoral and regional focus. Of course participants on any given course are likely to have a diverse range of sectoral and regional interests.
On request, course content can be adjusted to suit particular regional, institutional and sectoral contexts where this is appropriate (e.g. where the mobile version of the course is delivered at a client’s institution, where dates are added to the calendar to deliver training to four of more staff from a particular institution, or where a number of participants on the residential course have a particular regional or sectoral focus).
Where clients have specific interests that are not covered in the standard course, it may be possible to adjust or expand the content to cater for these needs, for example by bringing in additional trainers. We are happy to negotiate such additions to the course, subject to the availability of appropriate trainers and the practicalities of fitting in additional material. This might be achieved by extending the course by half a day or more for those participants wanting to cover the additional content.
We can also prepare permanent resources to accompany the course, for example booklets or fact sheets tailored to clients’ needs.
Tailoring the course to specific interests beyond the inclusion of relevant examples and content in the specified sessions (see course outline below) may incur additional costs. Please feel free to contact us to discuss any such needs and cost implications. (See also bespoke training.)
The cost of the standard 3-day residential course, without accommodation, is £895 (€1100 or $1500). This includes course fees, lunch on each of the training days, and evening meals on two nights. We recommend that participants arrange their own accommodation, and we have recommended a number of accommodation options to suit a variety of budgets, which can be found via this interactive map (just click on the various options/locations on the map for more information). We can arrange accommodation for you at an additional cost of £100 (€130 or $180) per night (it will almost certainly be cheaper to arrange your own accommodation).
The cost of the standard 3-day mobile course, delivered at a client’s institution or other location, is £4500, (€5535 or $7541), plus the cost of travel and local accommodation for one trainer. This price includes some tailoring of the content to relevant regional, sectoral and institutional contexts. This price is based on the client supplying or arranging the venue.
The above costs cover the standard 3-day course, delivered by a single trainer, with some tailoring of content to reflect relevant regional and sectoral interests. Costs for additional days and/or trainers (e.g. to cover additional topics), and for further tailoring of course content, are by arrangement.
When making payment it will probably be cheaper to pay in £(GBP) if possible, as the costs in Euros and Dollars have been calculated to account for fluctuations in exchange rates.
Below is a short summary of the course structure. For a more detailed (indicative) outline please see the course programme (pdf), based on the 8-10 October 2013 course.
- Climate change contexts – science and policy regimes
- An introduction to adaptation
- The mainstreaming process
- Screening for climate change risks
- Screening exercise
- Assessing climate-related risks and vulnerabilities
- Risk/vulnerability assessment exercise
- Identification and selection of adaptation measures
- Adaptation selection exercise
- Impacts and adaptation in key sectors
- Evaluating adaptation
- Evaluation exercise
- Adaptation finance