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Short course on climate change and development at University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (ODG)

Organizer: University of East Anglia Contact: Change and DevelopmentLocation: University of East Anglia, Norwich, UKDate: 2 - 15 September 2009Organisation: Overseas Development GroupENSource: SciDev.netClimate Change and Development Short Course: Climate change has profound implications for developing countries, and increasingly professionals working in or for developing countries are being asked to integrate climate change management issues into planning, projects and policy. National governments also are increasingly engaged in official communications to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and other initiatives, which require assessment of vulnerability and adaptive capacity.The purpose of this interactive short course is to equip non-specialists with a broad understanding of what climate change may mean for low-income populations and what the scope and prospects are for adapting to change in the context of development issues and poverty reduction. Drawing on staff from some of the world’s leading research institutes on climate change and development (including the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia and UK’s The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research), participants will gain a state-of-the-art knowledge and have the opportunity to develop their analytical skills in this field through project work focussing on their own country context or professional sector. To ensure participants have a full grounding in climate change issues the course incorporates expert sessions on climate science, climate change mitigation and international mechanisms/negotiations relating to climate change. Key emphasis is then placed on vulnerability and adaptation in the context of poverty reduction – exploring what climate change implies in terms of impacts/vulnerability in developing countries, implications for specific sectors, principles for assessment of risk, and how best to go about building resilience and adaptive capacity at all scales.Key objectivesThis course is designed for people who want to gain a greater understanding of the implications of climate change for developing countries and the potential for adaptation. It is aimed particularly at professional staff from government agencies and NGOs who do not have existing specialism in the field but who may have new responsibility or interest in the integration of climate change management into development planning, projects and policy.Registration details2 -15 September, 2009: £3, 200 (includes accommodation but no meals). Contact email: for any further information.Contact DetailsFor more information, please contact: