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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, workshops and other guidance.

What is included?

We include material based on longer climate adaptation courses that run as (e.g. annual) meeting series or online e-learning courses; introductory level courses/101s, discussions of concepts, examples, tool summaries etc. are also among the different types of learning products available.

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.

Learning Product Description
Course a set of classes or a plan of study on a particular subject, usually leading to an exam or qualification
Guidance on adaptation a how-to guide to carry out climate information analysis, vulnerability assessment, adaptation planning and communicate ideas/findings
Guidance for trainer/facilitator a how-to guide to deliver climate training activities with participants (eg. games/interactive exercises) or how to facilitate discussions/planning
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 useful for illustration and learning
Definitions a list of key concepts and principles; usually no examples provided
Toolkit an overview description of a guide outlining purpose, contributors, who it is for, etc
Tool/method summary an overview description of a method or tool outlining purpose, contributors, who it is for, etc.

Categories

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). 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 most relevant category. An additional 'category' features articles that are hosted in other parts of the platform and are relevant for this Climate Adaptation Training theme - currently this includes material for learning and training for children and young adults.  

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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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National Adaptation Plans: Building Climate Resilience in Agriculture MOOC

There is a crucial connection between climate change adaptation, agriculture and sustainable development. This massive open online course (MOOC) presents key elements for this nexus, such as gender, NAPs, traditional knowledge, and links to other sectors, such as forestry.

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Keeping the Taps Running in a Changing Climate

This tutorial by UN CC:eLearn introduces the concept of mainstreaming climate change adaptation into water resources.

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Food & Water Security online course

This course will encourage learners to build a new understanding of food security, water shortages and climate change challenges in agriculture. See videos for each module.

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Indigenous Knowledges and Perspectives on Climate Adaptation

This course developed by Royal Roads University invites learners into deeper thinking, reflection and content pertaining to indigenous perspectives in climate adaptation and mitigation.

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Climatic and Ecological Modelling for Adaptive Forest Applications online course

This online course introduces climatic and ecological modelling tools and practical applications of models in forest and ecological resource management. See learning resources and taster videos!

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Natural Asset Management Fundamentals

This course helps local government staff, engaged professionals in multiple disciplines, and community organizations, understand the field of natural asset management. Watch the videos for a taster!

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Participatory Assessment of Climate and Disaster Risk

The PACDR is a Hazard Vulnerability Capacity Assessment Tool, designed to conduct participatory community assessments providing the basis for effective and sustainable adaptation strategies.

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Online course: Gender, environment and sustainable development

Gender is considered a key variable of power inequality. This online course helps you better understand gender in environment and sustainable development.

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Pamoja Voices climate-resilience planning toolkit for rural communities

This toolkit, developed by IIED, Bawakimo, Hakikazi Catalyst and the Pastoralist Women’s Council in Northern Tanzania supports inclusive climate-resilient planning for rural communities.

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How to become a climate chef and avoid disasters

This recipe book for making stories can help you to get people engaged and working towards a climate-proof and disaster resilient society.

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Engagement on Biodiversity Conservation & Climate Change Adaptation in Papua New Guinea: a facilitators guide

The handbook outlines a range of activities that can be used to promote community dialogue & participatory decision-making for biodiversity conservation & climate change adaptation. 

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Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience – A Training Manual

This manual is part of the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience (UCCAR) training course and incorporates case studies, tools, methodologies, and guidelines.

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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 to highlight the issues.

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

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

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Vulnerability Assessment Module for Approaches to CCA Planning Workshops

This module has been developed by SEI in response to the need for more guidance on vulnerability assessment, in particular for coastal areas, in Indonesia and the Philippines.

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Using climate information for supporting mung bean plantation over Sumbawa region

Sumbawa Island is one of the largest islands in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia and has a periodically dry savannah climate with rainy and dry seasons,and is also influenced by El Nino and La Nina.

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Using climate information for supporting cacao plantation over Gorontalo region

Cacao is a shade-loving plant tropical plant found in tropical forests. Cacao grows well under different production systems such as mono-crop, inter-cropping and agro-forestry.

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Adapting to A Changing Climate: Guide to Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) and Management Planning

This guide is designed for practitioners working within and with local governments and communities that normally facilitate capacity development at the community or local level.

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Customised climate adaptation training for Dumaguete, Philippines

This training programme, developed by SEI following a training needs assessment, provided an introduction to key concepts and methods to inform an adaptation planning process.

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Customised Climate Adaptation Training in Lombok, Indonesia

Report on training activities to build adaptive capacity in Lombok, Indonesia

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Bahasa training modules

This Bahasa training module, developed by SEI colleagues in Oxford and Asia supports climate adaptation planning for local stakeholders.

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Oxford Adaptation Academy

The Oxford Adaptation Academy is a joint professional course offered by the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, and the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership.

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weADAPT visits the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at the University of Oxford

Workshop report of SEI visiting the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at the University of Oxford to share weADAPT capabilities and EC Mediation Platform.

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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

A starting point of introductory videos for anyone new or experienced to WEAP, an integrated water resources planning tool and user-friendly framework for policy analysis.

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SENSES Toolkit for Climate Change Adaptation

The SENSES Toolkit, developed in the EC SENSES project, offers a range of modules for finance, policy and regional decision makers to learn about and explore climate change scenarios.

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Step-by-step guide: Using climate information to support adaptation planning and policy-making

Guidance on how to quickly and easily access climate data for many locations across Africa, using an interactive map.

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Mediation Training Module: Portfolio Analysis

This Module, developed in the EC funded Mediation project describes Portfolio Analysis approac and relevant real-life applications

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Mediation Training Modules

Here are some training modules on several of the methods that are part of the Mediation Adaptation Pathfinder and the European 7th Framework Programme project Mediation.

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Mediation training module: Cost Effectiveness Analysis

This EC MEDIATION training module provides an introduction to Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA), a widely used decision support tool that alternative options for achieving similar objectives.

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Mediation training module: Robust Decision Making

This MEDIATION training tool provides an introduction to Robust Decision Making, a decision support tool that is used in situations of deep uncertainty.

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Mediation training module: Real Options Analysis

This practical module, developed in the EC Mediation project on an overview of real options analysis and its applications

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Mediation training module: Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)

This description of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and its potential application has been developed as part of a set of modules in the EC Mediation project

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Mediation training module: PACT

The PACT module, developed for the EC Mediation, gives organisations a detailed analysis of their capacity to take climate resilient decisions plus guidance on their next steps.

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Mediation training module: WEAP

This training module, developed in the EC Mediation project describes the WEAP model and relevant applications.

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C3D+ Module: Adaptation planning

This module aims to build understanding on robust decision making to deal with uncertainty plus methods that could be used for adaptation screening.

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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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Climate Change: From Learning to Action Online Course

Explore this 6 module course, created by experts from WMO, UNFCCC Secretariat and UN Environment, which provides an introduction to climate change, its effects, and adaptation options through videos, activities, and quizzes.

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Fundamentals on REDD+ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradations

Fundamentals on REDD+ online course covers the basics from the elements required under the UNFCCC to how implement REDD+ at the national level including financial resource available.

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Ecosystems for the Future Online Course

Take this online learning course to bring into focus the practice of restoration of ecosystems at the local and regional level in British Columbia through a series of presentations and video lectures. 

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Tandem: online guidance for the co-design of climate services

The Tandem online guidance supports information providers, intermediaries and users to collectively co-design climate services for policy, research and practice.

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A Practical Guide to Climate-resilient Buildings & Communities
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A Practical Guide to Climate-resilient Buildings and Communities

This guide demonstrates how buildings and community spaces can be built to increase resilience to climate change, especially in developing countries where structures are largely self-built.

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Intro to Climate Policy for Climate Adaptation Professionals

Check out this ALN course with video lectures which covers the basics of environmental policy, climate mitigation and adaptation policy, overviews of key policy actors and tools, and policy gaps.

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Strategic Dialogue and Engagement for Climate Adaptation

This course will provide you with skills to overcome barriers to action, mobilize knowledge and data effectively, and work across silos in genuine interdisciplinary and collaborative practice.

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Green Infrastructure in Urban Centres: Policy, Design and Practice

The course provides an overview of how green infrastructure (GI) systems work, the ecosystem services they can provide, and how they can be employed effectively.

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e-Learning course: Disaster Displacement

This interactive and dynamic eLearning course distils the guidance of the Words into Action Guideline - Disaster Displacement: How to Reduce Risk, Address Impacts and Strengthen Resilience.

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Training Guide: Climate Change Adaptation Project Preparation

This training guide can be used to assist government and NGOs to prepare bankable climate change adaptation proposals to access various sources of financing. 

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Pamoja voices climate-resilience planning toolkit for cooperatives

A simple and affordable toolkit method to identify the climate adaptation priorities of men, women and young people using participatory learning and action methods for cooperatives.

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Toolkit: Facilitating a gender-responsive NAP process

This toolkit published by NAP Global Network, Least Developed Countries Expert Group and the Adaptation Committee — supports country efforts to pursue a gender-responsive NAP process.

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Climate Adaptation in Africa

This MOOC developed at UCT explores why climate change adaptation is important in the African context.

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Increase your knowledge on Climate & Resilience through the CARE Academy

The CARE Climate and Resilience Academy is a website with free online training resources on climate and resilience drawing on CARE’s 17 years of experience.

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CSA 101: your online guide to climate-smart agriculture

Looking for clear guidance on how to transform agriculture initiatives to become climate-resilient? The CSA Guide website offers the tools and information you need.

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C3D+ Project Profile Page

A summary of the C3D+ project, which strengthened capacities of Non-Annex I countries and institutions to address climate change through nationally appropriate measures and planning strategies.

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Low Carbon Resilience: Best Practices For Professionals

This project focused on the key role professionals play as change agents in climate action, and what is needed for all sectors to advance uptake of low carbon reslience based practices. 

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Engaging stakeholders and building ownership for climate adaptation: best practice from Southern Egypt

This report highlights the tools and structures utilised to engage stakeholders and build ownership in the “Building Resilient Food Security Systems to Benefit the Southern Egypt Region” project.

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Resilience and Adaptation Planning for Communities in Protected Areas: A step-by-step guide

This guide provides the practical tools needed to effectively engage with communities living in, and around, PAs regarding appropriate strategies to deal with the negative impacts of climate change.

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Capacity-building on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for District and National Environmental Officers of Bhutan

Read about when SEI conducted a customised 5-day interactive workshop on climate change adaptation and mitigation in Bangkok for staff of Bhutan’s National Environmental Commission.

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Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development Training Guide

This guide seeks to support work to investigate the gender dimensions of responding to climate change in the agriculture and food security sectors. 

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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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Advancing on REDD+

The REDD+ e-Academy comprises two e-courses providing an overview of key REDD+ issues with the aim of empowering participants to contribute to a well-informed national REDD+ process.

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FRACTAL Learning - Adaptation Inspiration Cases in Africa Summary

This is a summary article signposting the FRACTAL Learning modules 1-6 on inspirational adaptation cases in Africa.

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Research for Impact MOOC by the University of Cape Town and Oxfam

Online training for Research and Development Professionals about the Research for Impact approach - principles and practices that will make your research more impactful.

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Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries

This MOOC course, developed by UCT, gives participants the opportunity and skills to consider how societies can be lifted out of poverty while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. 

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The CARIAA Research-into-Use (RiU) Learning Guide

This learning guide is designed to provide research teams with a bottom-up and experience based tool to better understand the effectiveness of different approaches to Research-into-Use (RiU).

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Course: Capacity building for adaptation mainstreaming, monitoring, evaluation and learning - filling a gap

This provides a description of Garama 3C short training courses on adaptation mainstreaming and M&E was offering. 

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Mediation training module: Iterative Risk Management

This module was developed for the EC Mediation project on Iterative Risk Management and its potential applications.

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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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Climate Change Adaptation Fundamentals

This course is designed to help professionals working across multiple disciplines to bring a climate change adaptation lens to their current and future projects. Watch the videos for a taster!

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Project Management for a Changing Climate

This online course is designed to prepare professionals with project management responsibilities to add a climate change lens to their projects. Watch the videos for a taster!

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The Financial Impact of Climate Change

This course introduces participants to the financial risks and impacts of climate change.  Explore a range of pathways that link to economic systems. Watch the videos for a taster!

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How to contribute climate change information to Wikipedia: A guide for researchers, practitioners and communicators

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) have produced a guide on how to contribute climate change information to Wikipedia.

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Online course: Rights-Based Approaches to Environmental Sustainability

This online course aims to strengthen and expand knowledge bases of policymakers and practitioners in Asia-Pacific on the linkages between human rights and the environment.

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Y-Adapt: CCA youth engagement curriculum

Y-Adapt is a youth engagement curriculum, developed by the RC Climate Centre that helps young people to both understand climate change and to take practical action to adapt in their community.

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Participate! – an online course on how to better facilitate events on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

“Participate!” is a free, interactive, online training module developed by SEI and the Red Cross Climate Centre to support the design of more effective science, policy, and practice events.

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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

These guidance materials (including a video) show the value of storytelling and provide insights and inspiration for creating motivating narratives for your own situation and audience.

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“How-to” Guide: Co-exploring Terminologies

This brief explains how to conduct a terminology co-exploration exercise for climate change adaptation decision-making.

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Serious Climate Games: An Introduction

Climate games provide a way to facilitate learning in an interesting, engaging and memorable way. This article provides a brief outline of different climate games and resources available.  

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E-learning course on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

This open, self-paced e-learning consists of four modules in the form of downloadable power point presentations. It is especially useful for those who are new to the fields of DRR and CCA.

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Glossaries of climate science and adaptation terms

This article page provides links to IPCC glossaries for climate change, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

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An introduction to adaptation

Intro to adaptation with principles and updated links to adaptation content.

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