Online Training Resource:    Climate Adaptation              Introduction
Introduction		 	 	 	 	 	The climate is changingTwo significant responses have emerged to deal with the issue of climatevari...
Introduction		 	 	 	 	 	Countries and communities already feeling the effects knowthat climate adaptation is necessary.The...
Background		 	 	 	 	This online, interactive training resource has been developed by the Western Norway ResearchInstitute ...
Inventing or Re-inventing the Wheel?	 	 	 	 	A number of training packages in the field of climate change adaptation alread...
Other Training Resources		 	 	 	 	 	Climate Change Capacity Development (C3D) onlinevulnerability and adaptation training ...
This Online Training Resource	There is a wealth of information out there.This online training resource provides guidance o...
This Online Training Resource	This training resource consists of 4 sections each representing a stage of the policy making...
Training Modules	 	 	 	ModuleProcess Stage 1: Analysing Climate VulnerabilityThis module includes the following:An over vi...
Training Modules	 	 	 	ModuleProcess Stage 2: Developing Adaptation StrategiesThis module includes the following:Detailed ...
Training Modules	 	 	 	ModuleProcess Stage 3: Implementing AdaptationThis module includes the following:A general overview...
Training Modules	 	 	 	ModuleProcess Stage 4: Monitoring and EvaluationThis module includes the following:An introduction ...
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Online Training Resource for Climate Adaptation: Introduction

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Introduction to the online, interactive training resource developed by the Western Norway Research Institute (WRNI)/ Vestlandsforsking.

The slide show includes a brief on the modules covered in the training resource.

The goal of the training resource is to promote a holistic approach to climate change adaptation and enhance awareness of available planning tools and processes that will promote the development of sustainable adaptation measures.

We use the word sustainable over successful, because many projects can achieve short term success, but lasting viability is essential for communities to cope with current and long-term impacts of a changing climate.

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  • Online Training Resource for Climate Adaptation: Introduction

    1. 1. Online Training Resource: Climate Adaptation Introduction
    2. 2. Introduction The climate is changingTwo significant responses have emerged to deal with the issue of climatevariability and change - mitigation and adaptation.Until recently climate policy has focused on mitigation throughinstruments such as the Kyoto Protocol, the first phase ofwhich expires in 2012.However, climate processes are complex and positivefeedbacks into the system are still not fully understood.Current research, as synthesised in the IntergovernmentalPanel on Climate Change (IPCC) publications, acknowledgesthat the thermal inertia of the oceans causes warming tolag behind changes in radiative forcing from greenhouse gasesSo, in spite of current mitigation measures, some degree of climatechange will be experienced over the next 30-50 years… making adaptation to climate change unavoidable. Climate Adaptation Deborah Davies, Carlo Aall, Eli Heiberg, 2012Online Training Resource
    3. 3. Introduction Countries and communities already feeling the effects knowthat climate adaptation is necessary.The challenge is in knowing what the potential options areand which will be the most effective and sustainable tochoose.Climate change will affect all sectors of society, nationally,regionally, and locally, and will present planners and decision-makers with a new set of challenges and uncertainties.As such, there is a great need to share competence andinformation - this ‘Online Training Resource’, has beendesigned with this goal in mind. Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource
    4. 4. Background This online, interactive training resource has been developed by the Western Norway ResearchInstitute (WRNI)/ Vestlandsforsking. Designed to promote a comprehensive approach to climatechange adaptation, it aims to enhance awareness of available planning tools and processes that willpromote the development of sustainable adaptation measures. We use the word sustainable oversuccessful, because many projects can achieve short term success, but lasting viability is essentialfor communities to cope with current and long-term impacts of a changing climate.The resource is broken down into aseries of modules. Initially designed for a2 day training event, the ‘entry point’nature of the content affords trainers theflexibility to adapt the package forbespoke training events, and can alsobe used by individual learners for self-guided study. Western Norway Research Institute (WNRI)/ Vestlandsforsking. Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource
    5. 5. Inventing or Re-inventing the Wheel? A number of training packages in the field of climate change adaptation already exist.• These have been produced by different national and international organisations and provide materials for online and/or workshop/ group training.• So the question has to be asked: Are we supplying anything new? Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource
    6. 6. Other Training Resources Climate Change Capacity Development (C3D) onlinevulnerability and adaptation training tool. United NationsInstitute for Training and Research (UNITAR) http://www.c3d-unitar.org/c3d/•Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Co-operation. A Practice-Oriented Training Based on the OECDPolicy Guidance.http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/11/61/45986415.pdf•Climate Change Adaptation training. UK Climate ImpactsProgramme (UKCIP) http://www.ukcip.org.uk•CHAMP. The objective of CHAMP is to train and support localand subregional authorities in implementing an integratedmanagement system for climate change mitigation andadaptation http://www.localmanagement.eu/index.php/ champ:home?language=en•Adaptation Learning Mechanism. A knowledge sharingplatform funded by UNDP http://www.adaptationlearning.net•Climate Change Adaptation Norway. An important part of theNorwegian Climate Change Adaptation Programmewww.klimatilpasning.no Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource
    7. 7. This Online Training Resource There is a wealth of information out there.This online training resource provides guidance on howto address the impacts of climate change andincorporate adaptation measures into the developmentcycle.The information provided is free-to-use and can beadapted to suit the following contexts:• As a transnational service that can provide relevant information irrespective of country of origin• As an all-sector service that can provide relevant information irrespective of sector• As a information service that can be utilised irrespective of the level or degree of climate policy developmentThis initial online training service has been specificallydeveloped for sub-national levels of government. Source: WRNI/ Vestlandsforsking, 2011. Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource
    8. 8. This Online Training Resource This training resource consists of 4 sections each representing a stage of the policy making cycle.• Each stage is made up of a series of modules covering the fundamental knowledge needed in the planning and process of climate change adaptation.• These modules link to topic specific resource banks where more in depth case-studies, reports, power-points etc can be found.• This is reflected in the entry point nature of the modules which allow both trainers and end users to select what they need when they need it, enabling them to pursue specific areas of interest or professional obligation as and when required.• The information provided is non-sector specific, although some sector examples are provided. It is hoped that a later version of this training resource will cover affected sectors more systematically and in more detail. Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource
    9. 9. Training Modules ModuleProcess Stage 1: Analysing Climate VulnerabilityThis module includes the following:An over view of the following key concepts• Impacts• Vulnerability• Exposure• SensitivityAn introduction to climate data and how to effectively use it, with particular emphasis on interpretingregionalised climate data and communicating uncertainties.A more in-depth review of the different types of vulnerability, including natural, socio-economic, andinstitutional forms and how these should be considered in combination.A differentiation between vulnerability to todays climate and potential vulnerability to future climates Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource
    10. 10. Training Modules ModuleProcess Stage 2: Developing Adaptation StrategiesThis module includes the following:Detailed definition of adaptationA general overview of the main strategies for climate change adaptation, including how to prioritisebetween different adaptation measures.A discussion on the three main approaches to handling risk, namely;• Risk seeker• ‘Best shot’• Risk AverterAn in depth account of ‘uncertainty’, including how uncertainties affect vulnerability assessments andhow to conduct a local uncertainty analysis. Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource
    11. 11. Training Modules ModuleProcess Stage 3: Implementing AdaptationThis module includes the following:A general overview of the different types of adaptation measures. This includes a typology ofadaptation, as well as, how to prepare for adaptation and actual active measures.A guide on how to move from assessing options to implementing measures. Particular emphasis isplaced on how to incorporate actions into existing projects and strategies. Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource
    12. 12. Training Modules ModuleProcess Stage 4: Monitoring and EvaluationThis module includes the following:An introduction to the value of monitoring and evaluation processes and how to critically evaluateadaptation actions.A detailed look at the issue of maladaptation that takes in consideration- the links and conflicts between mitigation and adaptation- adaptation and sustainable development- how to identify and avoid maladaptation- the potential for mal-mitigationA typology of the barriers to adaptation, and how to assess and avoid such barriers. Climate AdaptationOnline Training Resource

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