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    Date: 12 - 21 Mar 2018
    Country: Kenya

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Climate Risk Management in a Changing Environment

MAIN HOST(S): Versed Professional Services Limited (VPSL)

Type: Training Course Date: 12 - 21 Mar 2018 Location: Kenya Venue: PrideInn Lantana


Climate change and its impacts have become one of the most significant challenges of the 21st century. Climate-related risks, whether concurrent or prospective, need to be addressed swiftly as part of development strategies at all levels.

With population expansion and rapid industrialization in both developed and developing countries, policy-makers need to ensure resilience to the possible exacerbation of risks caused by hydro-meteorological hazards due to climate change.


Module 1: concepts and emerging directions of climate change and climate risk management

basic concepts and terminologies in climate risk management 

Fundamentals of Climate Change Science Defining weather, climate and climate change

  • Science behind climate change: greenhouse effect etc. 
  • Climate Change and climate variability
  • Emerging directions of Climate Risk Management practice
  • Climate change and extreme events 
  • Linkage and overlap of CCA and DRR

Module 2: climate change projections and decision support tools in climate risk management

Overview of climate modeling for climate risk management, overview of projection and modeling of climate change and its impacts 

  • Projection of future climate change: General Circulation Model, Regional Circulation Models, Atmospheric and Oceanic Models etc. 
  • Use and applications of the projections and climate model outputs in planning and policy formulation
  • Accessing Local Climate Scenarios and Climate Risk Mapping 
  • Downscaling of global and regional climate models into local climate scenarios 
  • Overview to a downscaled climate modeling output for local climate scenarios

Module 3: climate change and urban built systems

Overview of the projected issues of climate change and urban built system Overview of the urban settings and climate change impacts on the built systems 

  • Housing and public amenities / urban settlements / heat island 
  • Urban infrastructure, common amenities, drainage and flood controls 
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene and health 
  • Managing megacities / coastal cities in changing climate
  • Case study example of climate risk management in urban built systems 
  • Detailed case study and critical overview of a case study on urban climate risk management

Module 4: climate change and rural ecosystems

Overview of the projected issues of climate change and rural ecosystems

  • Overview of the rural ecosystems and climate change impacts on various eco-systems 
  • Sustainable livelihoods 
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Case study on climate management in rural settings 
  • Detailed case study and critical overview of an agricultural climate risk management project

Module 5: climate risk management planning and implementation

  • Climate Risk Management Planning Processes at the national level, sub-national and local levels 
    Climate forecasts and applications for proactive risk management 
  • Description of various types of climate forecast products (including short, medium, seasonal, long-range)
  • Integration of climate change adaptation in urban built environment and local development programs 
  • Climate proofed housing and infrastructure 
  • Urban drainage and flood controls 
  • Public health 
  • Coastal city and urban land use planning

Module 6

Integration of climate risk management in rural development and ecosystem-based programs focusing on agriculture and livelihoods Agriculture based adaptation (crops, aquaculture and animal husbandry) 

  • Incorporation of climate forecasts for selection of livelihood options including selection of crops 
  • Crop insurance and microfinance for climate resilience 
  • Farmer’s field schools and data advocacy for climate resilience 
  • Concrete examples of two climate forecast applications one in rural setting (e.g. CFA examples) and another in urban setting (i.e. Urban flood forecast in Jakarta).
  • Climate resilience indicators 
  • Overview to climate resilience 
  • Climate resilience indicators in urban built environment 
  • Climate resilience indicators for coastal environment 
  • Climate resilience indicators in rural agriculture based environment

Module 7

Cross-cutting issues to address climate change, Climate Risk Management and socially vulnerable groups Gender, children, elderly, differently able people 

  • Other marginalized groups 
  • Extreme events and findings of SREX report 
  • Early warning system development and contingency planning for effective response to changing hazardous environment 
  • Economics of Climate Change and Climate Risk Management
  • Climate Risk Communication 
  • CRC at national and sub-national level 
  • CRC at local levels

Module 8: future knowledge applications and conclusions

Hands-on exercise on project concept development exercise

  • Exercise on development of two project concept notes (in brief manner) using the knowledge from the earlier
  • sessions (one reflecting urban setting and another on rural setting) 
  • Presentation of the project concept in groups and mock-evaluation of the proposals by a technical team, course
  • conclusions and way forward

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