Short Course on Adaptation

Submitted by Sukaina Bharwani | published 25th Mar 2011 | last updated 21st Dec 2020

Climate Adaptation Training Annotation

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 5 days 
  • Learning product: Course 
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
  • Certificate available: No 
Short Course on Adaptation

Participants, facilitators and coordinators of the short course.

Course details

This short course on adaptation was conducted as part of the inception phase of the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia in 2009.

The 5 day course took place in Bangkok (5-9 October 2009). It was conducted by the Stockholm Environment Institute and partners and we provide links below to all of the material used on the course*.

*This is an older course and therefore some of this content may need to be reviewed together with more recent material.

Net-intro exercise. Let's start building the network!)
Introductions: participants playing a network game, connecting with a ball of wool while briefing rapidly who we are, our background, where do we work and what is our professional interest.


This course includes 2 streams: "Adaptation Principles and Planning" and "Climate Information for Adaptation and Risk Communication".

Stream 1: Adaptation Principles and Planning

This stream focused mainly on frameworks, concepts, robust decision making, decision-actions, networks, and adaptation pathways i.e. methodologies and approaches used to support organizations, networks, and countries move in the adaptation process. Expected outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Better understanding of the concept of adaptation to climate change, vulnerability, adaptive management, and approaches for robust decision making and community, sectoral, and national planning.
  • Outcome 2: Improved analytical skills for adaptation planning (including network and decision analysis).
  • Outcome 3: Understanding the utility and constraints of tools to support adaptation decisions and knowledge sharing.

Stream 2: Climate Information and Risk Communication

This course focused on the use, analysis and interpretation of climate information to support the process of context-specific decision-making for adaptation. Concepts of uncertainty and robustness were applied in the interpretation of climate projections. Participant learned how to use and apply the Climate Change Explorer for their specific case studies. Approaches and methods for climate risk communication were also explored during the week.

  • Outcome 1: Locally-based understanding of what climate change means in the region and an understanding of the value of the climate envelope approach
  • Outcome 2: An understanding of the type of information available to make locally appropriate adaptation decisions.
  • Outcome 3: Understanding the utility of tools for adaptive capacity building and risk communication.