Theme:

Climate Adaptation Training

Training is a key activity to build capacity and empower stakeholders to use climate information in their decision making and help them respond confidently and effectively to climate change. The Climate Adaptation Training theme provides an organised collection of material and links to different training courses and workshops. It includes material based on longer climate adaptation courses that run as (e.g. annual) meeting series or online e-learning courses, but it also includes introductory level courses, discussion of concepts, examples, tool summaries etc. among the different types of learning products available. See: the 'What is included?' table below for more information.

The material covers a range of topics in the areas of climate information analysis, vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning. The theme is divided into five topical categories (based on the PROVIA assessment framework and adapted for our purposes of covering the whole range of activities for which training is needed):

  • Understanding actors’ vulnerabilities and adaptation needs
  • Identifying and appraising adaptation options  
  • Planning and implementing adaptation actions
  • Monitoring and evaluating adaptation and drawing lessons
  • Concepts and terminology for adaptation training

N.B. Where training covers several of these categories e.g. SENSES Toolkit which covers, risk assessment, adaptation planning and low carbon futures, we have selected the category where most of the training falls.

All of the training material published under this theme is open access and available for anyone to use. You may also use the buttons below to share your own content with the climate adaptation community and to discuss any training topics of interest.

You can also find further material in each of these weADAPT themes: Using Climate Information - Vulnerability - Adaptation Planning.

What is included?

Learning Product Description
Course a set of classes or a plan of study on a particular subject, usually leading to an exam or qualification (Cambridge dictionary)
Toolkit a set of tools used to achieve better results and conduct effective planning
Guidance a how-to guide to deliver climate training activities with participants, eg. games and interactive exercises
Report on a workshop a detailed introduction, activity, evaluation, discussion and/or conclusion of a past workshop/event
Workshop/event series a one-off or series of workshops/events that involves inter-organizational collaboration and networking opportunities
Worked example a description of a case study using a climate adaptation training method
Definitions a list of key concepts and principles; usually no examples provided
Summary of a guide an overview description of a guide outlining purpose, contributors, who it is for, etc
Summary of method/tool an overview description of a method or tool outlining purpose, contributors, who it is for, etc.

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Category:

Understanding Actors’ Vulnerabilities and Adaptation Needs

What impacts may be expected under climate change? What are actors’ vulnerabilities and capacities? What major decisions need to be addressed? What are stakeholders’ needs and priorities for adaptation? Below are training materials to identify who, what and where is vulnerable plus a considerable number of vulnerability frameworks, assessments and definitions of vulnerability can be found in the Vulnerability theme.

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Participatory Assessment of Climate and Disaster Risk

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 5-6 hours per module (7 modules in total)
  • Learning product: toolkit
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Online course: Gender, environment and sustainable development

  • Level: Advanced
  • Time commitment:  4-5 hours per module (3 modules in total)
  • Learning product: Online course (MOOC)
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Pamoja Voices climate-resilience planning toolkit for rural communities

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 3 days
  • Learning product: Toolkit
  • Sector:  Agriculture
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How to become a climate chef and avoid disasters

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 2-3 hours
  • Learning product: Guide
  • Sector: Multi-sector
  • Language: English
  • Certificate available: No
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Engagement on Biodiversity Conservation & Climate Change Adaptation in Papua New Guinea: a facilitators guide

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 days
  • Learning product: Guidance 
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Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience – A Training Manual
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Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience – A Training Manual

  • Level: Advanced
  • Time commitment: 21 hours
  • Learning product: Workshop/event series 
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SEI-UNEP online course highlights the threat climate change poses to food security in the Mekong region

Climate change is posing a real threat to food security in the Mekong. SEI and UNEP launched a free online course on sustainable food systems in Southeast Asia in 2016 to highlight the issues.

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Climate analysis for local communities and decision-makers in Central Lombok

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
  • Learning product: Worked example 
  • Sector: Agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and mining
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Vulnerability Assessment Module for Approaches to CCA Planning Workshops

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 days
  • Learning product: Summary of method/tool
  • Sector: Agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and mining
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Customised Climate Adaptation Training in Lombok, Indonesia
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Using climate information for supporting mung bean plantation over Sumbawa region

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 days
  • Learning product: Worked example 
  • Sector: Agriculture
  • Certificate available: No 
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Using climate information for supporting cacao plantation over Gorontalo region

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 days
  • Learning product: Worked example 
  • Sector: Agriculture
  • Language: English 
  • Certificate available: No
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Customised climate adaptation training for Dumaguete, Philippines

  • Level: Introductory 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 days
  • Learning product: Workshop/event series 
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English
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Customised Climate Adaptation Training in Lombok, Indonesia

  • Level: Introductory 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 days
  • Learning product: Workshop/event series 
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Bahasa training modules

  • Level: Introductory 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
  • Learning product: Workshop/event series 
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: Bahasa 
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Customised training modules for climate change adaptation planning for Lombok and the Philippines

  • Level: Introductory 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 days
  • Learning product: Workshop/event series 
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English
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Oxford Adaptation Academy

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 3 weeks 
  • Learning product: Course
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
  • Certificate available: Yes
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weADAPT visits the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at the University of Oxford

  • Learning product: Report on a workshop
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
  • Certificate available: No
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Vulnerability Indicator Mapping

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
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Mitigation and adaptation: the LEAP tool for assessing water-energy trade-offs

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 1.5 hour
  • Learning product: Summary of tool
  • Sector: water, energy
  • Language: English
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The Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) Winter School 2009
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Winter School: Using climate information for adaptation and policy development

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 2 weeks 
  • Learning product: Course 
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
  • Certificate available: Yes
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Social network analysis

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
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Developing a social network map to frame adaptation action in the Guadiana river basin (Spain)

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
  • Learning product: Worked example
  • Sector: Water 
  • Language: English 
  • Certificate available: No 
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SMHI Formation sur Changements Climatiques en Afrique de l'Ouest 2010-2011

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 4 weeks
  • Learning product: Report on a workshop
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Category:

Identifying and Appraising Adaptation Options

What could be done to respond to the risks and opportunities due to climate change? Which options best fit the adaptation actors’ objectives? Training materials related to addressing this are presented here. Further approaches and examples for identifying and appraising options can be found in the Adaptation Decision Making theme and Community Based Adaptation.

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Introduction and training resources for the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) tool?

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 1 hour 
  • Learning product: Summary of method/tool
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SENSES Toolkit for Climate Change Adaptation

  • Level: Introductory through to Advanced
  • Time commitment: Range of resources with differing time commitments
  • Learning product: Toolkit
  • Sector:  Multi-sector
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Step-by-step guide: Using climate information to support adaptation planning and policy-making

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 1 hour
  • Learning product: Guidance
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Mediation Training Module: Portfolio Analysis

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
  • Learning product: Tool/method summary 
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
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Mediation Training Modules

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 2-3 days 
  • Learning product: Toolkit 
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
  • Certificate available: No 
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Mediation training module: Cost Effectiveness Analysis

  • Level: Advanced
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours
  • Learning product: Tool/method summary
  • Sector: Multi-sector
  • Language: English
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Mediation training module: Robust Decision Making

  • Level: Advanced
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours
  • Learning product: Tool/method summary
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
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Mediation training module: Real Options Analysis

  • Level: Advanced
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours
  • Learning product: Tool/method summary
  • Sector: Multi-sector
  • Language: English
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Mediation training module: Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
  • Learning product: Tool/method summary 
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
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Mediation training module: PACT

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
  • Learning product: Tool/method summary 
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
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Mediation training module: WEAP

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 1 hour 
  • Learning product: Tool/method summary 
  • Sector: Water 
  • Language: English 
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C3D+ Module: Adaptation planning

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
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Category:

Planning and Implementing Adaptation Actions

How do we address the practical issues, such as planning adaptation and setting up institutional frameworksHow can action research and piloting help? What training and guidance on how to do adaptation is there for a given sector? Guidance, courses, and toolkits for planning adaptation are available in this section plus also see relevant material on adaptation planning cases and learning in the National Adaptation Planning theme and more on the governance framework in which decisions are made in the Transforming Governance theme. 

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e-Learning course: Disaster Displacement

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment:  40-50 minutes per module (5 modules in total)
  • Learning product: online course
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Training Guide: Climate Change Adaptation Project Preparation

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 2 days
  • Learning product: Guide
  • Sector:  Multi-sector
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Pamoja voices climate-resilience planning toolkit for cooperatives

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 2 days
  • Learning product: Toolkit
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Toolkit: Facilitating a gender-responsive NAP process

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 4 hours
  • Learning product: Toolkit
  • Sector: Multi-sector
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Tandem: online guidance for the co-design of climate services

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 1 hour
  • Learning product: Guidance
  • Sector: Multi-sector
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Climate Adaptation in Africa

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 19 hours
  • Learning product: Online course (MOOC)
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Climate-Smart Agriculture 101 by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
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CSA 101: your online guide to climate-smart agriculture

  • Level: Introductory (Basics section) or advanced 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours (Basic)
  • Learning product: Guidance 
  • Sector: Agriculture
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Resilience and Adaptation Planning for Communities in Protected Areas: A step-by-step guide

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 days
  • Learning product: Guidance
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
  • Certificate available: No 
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Capacity-building on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for District and National Environmental Officers of Bhutan

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 5 days
  • Learning product: Workshop/event series 
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Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development Training Guide

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 2-3 days 
  • Learning product: Guidance 
  • Sector: Agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and mining
  • Language: English 
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Category:

Monitoring and Evaluating Adaptation and Drawing Lessons

How do we monitor and evaluate adaptation? How do we select indicators for adaptation processes? How do we determine if it is going as planned and identify any problems? How do we document the outcomes achieved and draw lessons from the experience? Training is available for example on exemplar cases of adaption in African urban areas. Further cases of interest related to monitoring may be found in the Synergies between adaptation and mitigation theme.

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FRACTAL Learning - Adaptation Inspiration Cases in Africa Summary

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 4 case modules, each 0.5 hour
  • Learning product: Course (online)
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Research for Impact MOOC by the University of Cape Town and Oxfam

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment:  20 hours approximately
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University of Cape Town Climate Change Mitigation MOOC
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Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries

  • Learning product: course (MOOC)
  • Level: advanced
  • Time commitment: 18 hours
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The CARIAA Research-into-Use (RiU) Learning Guide

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
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Course: Capacity building for adaptation mainstreaming, monitoring, evaluation and learning - filling a gap

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 2-3 days
  • Learning product: Course
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
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Mediation training module: Iterative Risk Management

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 30 minutes 
  • Learning product: Tool/method summary 
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
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Category:

Concepts and Terminology for Adaptation Training

What are the most important concepts, definitions and terminology on all aspects of adaptation? What are sources of confusion? What nuances are essential to understand for taking advantage of training? Find more here to support understanding of concepts plus find training and guidance on broad range of skills that can be used in delivering training and participatory exercises on adaptation and climate change.

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Online course: Rights-Based Approaches to Environmental Sustainability

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 10-12 hours
  • Learning product: Online course (MOOC)
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Y-Adapt: CCA youth engagement curriculum

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 10 hours
  • Learning product: Guidance for the delivery of participatory games
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Participate! Course
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Climate Training Theme on weADAPT
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Climate adaptation training courses

Training courses on climate information analysis, vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning recommended by weADAPT.

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Using stories to encourage action

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 5 minutes
  • Learning product: Video
  • Sector: Multi-sector
  • Language: English
  • Certificate available: No
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“How-to” Guide: Co-exploring Terminologies

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 1 hour
  • Learning product: Report on a workshop
  • Sector: Multi-sector
  • Language: English
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Serious Climate Games: An Introduction

  • Level: Introductory 
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
  • Learning product: Guidance 
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
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E-learning course on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 4 hours 
  • Learning product: Course
  • Sector: Disaster risk reduction
  • Language: English 
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Training on Trainers Workshop on Climate Change Analysis and Risk Communications

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
  • Learning product: Report on a workshop
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
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Training of Trainers Workshop on Climate Change Science - Summary of Proceedings

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
  • Learning product: Report on a workshop
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
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Glossaries of climate science and adaptation terms

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
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An introduction to adaptation

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 1-2 hours 
  • Learning product: Definitions 
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
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