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Climate Change Adaptation in a Changing Environment Course


Climate change impacts will affect social and ecological systems in complex and broad-ranging
ways as technological, economic, social and ecological changes take place across regions, groups
and sectors. Many of these impacts, such as impacts on ecological systems, have cascading effects
on social, economic and health outcomes. In order to respond to climate change, more vigorous
actions are required to mitigate emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and to adapt to
unavoidable consequences that are increasing vulnerability around the world.

This training places local sustainability, its development challenges and local vulnerabilities in the
context of climate changes at regional and global levels in order to understand their linkages. It is
well recognized that a response strategy to climate change is an additional and new area of
sustainable community development, that in addition to many other local priorities like reducing
poverty, improving sanitation and safe access to fresh water, health issues and diminishing
ecological resiliency.


5 days.


The course is intended for mid-career professionals, dealing with climate change adaptation and mitigation options in developing countries, working for a research organization, NGO, government or civil society. Participants need to have a relevant tertiary education with at least one year of experience in a course-related discipline like agriculture, disaster risk management, food security, water management, biodiversity, forestry, or other natural resources management.


  • Conduct and interpret vulnerability assessments by understanding its key components of exposure, sensitivity and capacity
  • Identify impacts of future climate change and climate variability on human well-being and environment
  • Identify key areas of integration, in which adaptation to climate change goes hand-in hand with other development priorities and building resilience in natural and human systems;
  • Identify and develop basic elements of an implementation plan to progress with adaptation options.


Module 1: Principles and key concepts

  • Introduction to climate change and climate change adaptation
  • Strategy development and planning for Climate Change Adaptation
  • Legal frame work for Climate Change Adaptation
  • Characteristics of Vulnerability and Scope of the Assessment
  • Vulnerability Assessments and the DPSIR Framework
    • Defining vulnerability
    • Vulnerability to climate change
  • Monitoring Vulnerability

Module 2: Introduction to GIS for Climate change

  • Introduction to GIS software
  • Planning for a GIS system installation
  • Working with a GIS software
  • Introduction to GPS
  • GPS data collection
  • GPS data download

Module 3: Impacts of Climate Change and their Assessment

  • Economic sector
  • social structure
  • Agriculture
  • Natural resources
  • Migration and disasters

Module 4: Climate Change Response

  • Creating Responses: Determining the adaptation options     
  • Mainstreaming climate change into development decisions     
  • Developing adaptation responses
  • Contingency Planning

Module 5: Knowledge resources for Climate Change Adaptation

  • Climate modeling climate forecasting and applied technologies for Climate Change monitoring
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Uncertainties and risk management
  • Capacity building for Climate Change Adaptation
  • The role of GIS and Remote Sensing in climate forecasting and modeling

Module 6: Prioritizing Adaptation Responses

  • Developing a Basic Implementation Plan and a Communication Strategy
    • Implementing adaptation responses
    • Communicating climate change and adaptation


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location.

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Tel: +254 (020) 211 3814.

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Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 26th August 2019.

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Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

  1. Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.
  2. No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 02-09-2019
Event End Date 06-09-2019
Cut off date 26-08-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 75,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,012
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,100
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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