Garama - Adapting to Climate Change Course
This new 5-day is aimed at individuals or organisations that need to integrate climate change adaptation into their day-to-day activities and operations. The course provides participants with an understanding of climate science and policy at the global level, with particular reference to the Paris Agreement and its goals, and furnishes them with practical skills for mainstreaming climate change adaptation into their work. It provides an overview of current adaptation thinking and practice, and how adaptation relates to concepts such as resilience, vulnerability and transformation.
The course includes content on screening development and related activities for climate risks and opportunities; undertaking climate risk and vulnerability assessments; identifying, prioritising and implementing adaptation actions; and monitoring and evaluating adaptation in different contexts (e.g. at the project, programme and national levels). The content is practical in nature, and combines taught sessions with exercises in which participants apply their learning to key issues including: identifying potential climate change risks and opportunities, developing frameworks for detailed climate risk assessments, identifying potential adaptation measures, and identifying methods and indicators for monitoring and evaluating adaptation actions.
This course combines the content of our 3-day course on mainstreaming adaptation and our 2-day course on adaptation M&E, and replaces these courses for 2018. These courses may still be offered if there is sufficient demand. The programme for the new course is still under development, but the content will reflect that of the previous courses, which is detailed on the relevant pages here: (1) mainstreaming course; (2) M&E course. The 5-day adaptation course will also include new material.
The course will be delivered by Garama’s Director, Dr Nick Brooks, who has designed and delivered the previous courses on adaptation mainstreaming and M&E. Nick has a background in climate science, and has worked on issues related to vulnerability and adaptation since 2001, as both an academic researcher and a consultant. He has been a full-time consultant since 2005, and established Garama in 2012. He has worked with donor and recipient governments, international organisations, research bodies and the private sector, focusing on capacity building, training, mainstreaming, risk assessment and M&E for adaptation. Nick has designed and delivered the Garama training courses since 2013, and has provided professional training for the African Development Bank, the Government of Mozambique, DFID, the European Commission, and a variety of other organisations and programmes. Nick has a research interest in past adaptation to rapid and severe climate change, and what we can learn from previous human responses to such episodes given the likely rapid changes in climate that human societies will experience as the 21st century progresses.