Climate Risk Management – Strategies and Tools for Regional and Local Challenges
Why Climate Risk Management? As a policy issue, climate change relates to four key overarching issues:
- The climate is changing
- Humans are causing the climate to change
- Socio-ecological consequences are highly uncertain and contentious but include the potential for very severe impacts
- There are already multiple and well characterised policy options for Climate Risk Management, with known strengths and weakness.
Climate Risk Management refers to activities and methods used by individuals, organizations, and institutions to facilitate climate-resilient decision-making. Managing climate-related risks, especially at the regional and local scale is therefore a key enabler of sustainable development. Identifying and managing risks associated with climate-related hazards can help to protect people, nature, livelihoods and assets, thereby promoting safer socio-ecological systems and communities, and the achievement of development goals.
No matter what sort of organisation you work in, you will be impacted in some way by the physical effects of our changing climate and/or by the wealth of regulations and targets societies will be increasingly required to meet.
Climate Risk Management approaches generally fall into five broad categories: (a) Mitigation; (b) Adaptation; (c) Climate Resilience; (d) Disaster Risk Reduction; (e) Geoengineering. These categories are not mutually exclusive, present trade-offs and are open to subjective value judgments. Managing climate risks will almost certainly include a combination of multiple responses and is highly dependent on scale.
The objective of this course is to explore why managing climate change risk is important to your work and organisation, but also how to do it. You will be asked to bring your own regional or local Climate Risk Management challenge(s) and share them with a community of other climate change practitioners. Together, you will explore a suit of strategies and tools to help you prepare for a changing future.
Regional and local climate change practitioners, interested in exploring new tools, frameworks and ways of dealing with climate risk in their sectors and activities.
We welcome applications from practitioners dealing with climate risk management challenges from a wide range of organizations. These may include, but are not limited to, central government, regional and local administration, businesses and companies, utilities, associations, NGOs, media, and academia.
The 2023 inaugural edition of this Autumn course is organised back-to-back with this year’s European Urban Resilience Forum (EURESFO 2023), that will happen in Cascais, Portugal on 18-20 October. Participants at EURESFO are very welcome to apply.
The course is organised in close collaboration with the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change
|Wed 11.10 Introduction, course overview & terminology||Thu 12.10 Preparing the ground & assessing needs||Fri 13.10 Identifying risks & selecting options||Sat 14.10
|Mon 16.10 Implementing, monitoring & evaluating options||Tue 17.10 Communication & engagement|
|Early morning||Arrival, meet and greet, ice-breaker||Arrival, meet and greet, ice-breaker||Arrival, meet and greet, ice-breaker||Arrival, meet and greet, ice-breaker||Arrival, meet and greet, ice-breaker|
|Morning||Welcome, course context, Keynote 1||Lectures||Lectures, Keynote 2||Field trip||Lectures||Final group presentation|
|Early afternoon||Sharing your challenge||Lectures||Workshop: Understand & prioritise risks||Field trip||Workshop: Monitor & evaluate||Parallel sessions & EURESFO warm-up|
|Afternoon||Sharing your superpower||Case study analysis session||Workshop: Assess & select options||Preparation of final group presentation||Preparation of final group presentation||Reflections and closing|
|Evening||Social event||Free time||Dinner with a speaker||Free time||Celebration dinner|
Continuous participation in the course activities and the final presentation of a group work.
2023 inaugural edition: Wednesday, October 11th to Tuesday, October 17th.
From 9 am to 5.30 pm, every day.
The evenings of day 1 (Wednesday, October 11th), day 3 (Friday, October 13th) and day 5 (Tuesday, October 17th) include group dinners starting from 7.30 pm.
A field trip is foreseen for Saturday, 14th October, weather permitting.
Enrolment fee (if application accepted – including insurance): 5€
Tuition: 300€ (includes classes, materials, meals, field trip)
Special conditions – discounts on the tuition fee:
10% – Non-partner companies that enrol 3 or more employees
15% – Partners and collaborators (including associations and companies in which CIÊNCIAS participates)
25% – CIÊNCIAS ALUMNI
Full tuition waiver – institutions that have signed partnership agreements with CIÊNCIAS (for this training course only) can register one participant free of charge. Full tuition will apply for additional registrations.
The course will run with a minimum of 15 registered participants and maximum of 25
Upon application you will be asked to fill in a short problem statement telling us about who you are, what are the challenges you are facing and why you think this course can help. Applicant’s acceptance to the training course will be based on the replies to this survey.