Contact - SDC Climate Change and Environment Network
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Contact - SDC Climate Change and Environment Network

ObjectivesThe objective of the learning event is to supportstaff in acquiring climate change knowledge andskills to integrate climate change in theirdevelopment activities. It focuses especially onintroduction to approaches and methods toanalyse vulnerability and risks induced by climatechange and on ways to foster low carbon andsustainable development.MethodsCourse methods entail technical presentations,audiovisual media, case presentations,application of a climate change adaptation tooland discussions.Active exchange of experiences allows forlearning through sharing of knowledge.Intensive group work promotes reflection on bestmethods to integrate climate change approachesand activities into SDC’s operations. The courseinvites selected experts as resource persons.Audience:SDC staff (headquarters and field offices) , Swissgovernmental officials, developmentprofessionals of Swiss NGO's and universities(researchers)FeesFree of charge for the defined target audience.Accommodation and travel not included.Contact:Registration and further informationMarkus Giger / Udo Höggel, Centre forDevelopment and Environment, CDE,Tel. +41(0)31 631 88 22markus.giger@cde.unibe.chJean-Gabriel Duss, DEZA, Berne,+41(0)31 322 63 33 jeangabriel.duss@deza.admin.chgpcc@deza.admin.ch event:Climate change skills and knowledge forPractitionersDate: 15/16 March 2011Place: Rüttihubelbad, near Berne

Increased temperatures, rising sea level andextreme weather events are already increasinglyaffecting developing countries.The effects of a changing climate are going to befelt most acutely in the countries leastequipped to deal with them and by peoplealready vulnerable and least protected. Climatechange threatens to reverse the trend whereprogress has been made in the past decadesand to diminish prospect for sustainabledevelopment in the future in many regions of theworld.Adaptation to climate change is therefore a keyconcern for developing countries. The risk posedby climate change needs to be addressed. At thesame time there are substantial mitigationpotentials that need to be harnessed.Development cooperation practitioners need todevelop their knowledge and skill to support theirpartners with respect to this agenda. Thelearning event aims at equipping the participantswith relevant knowledge and skills forunderstanding and dealing with the climatechange challenge.The focus of the learning event is therefore thegeneration of practical insights into approaches,methods and tools with relation to climatechange. Key elements with regard to practicalmethods are:-Climate Proofing: Systematic analysis of therisks that climate change poses to the peopleand the sustainability of developmentcooperation projects.-Fostering Low Carbon Development : Analysisof projects’ contribution to mitigating climatechange and link to development agenda.The course will also introduce participants toclimate change networks and links to climatechange expertise.ProgramDay 1Climate Change andDevelopmentResponses to climate ChangeDay 2Integration of climate changeinto development activitiesWhy is climate change relevant for my job?Basic understanding of Climate Change challenges and opportunitiesfor development.Physical basis of climate change, projected impacts and vulnerabilityin developing countries, equity issues.What can be done?Possible responses to climate change.Adaptation, mitigation, international climate change negotiations.Challenges for development practitioners.How do I integrate climate change in my working domain?Support, guidelines and tools to integrate climate change in myworking area.Policy and guidelines, climate check tools (SDC’s climate & DRRcheck), climate proofing, emission savings, low carbon development,integration in development agenda, supporting knowledge networks.Follow-up:Participants apply in their working area climate change tools and guidelines in order to integrate climate changein their activities. Follow-up will be assured through the GPCC and the SDC climate change & environmentnetwork.…

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