This course is designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners in two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans. Specifically, it will provide guidance in identifying which species or systems are likely to be most strongly affected by projected changes; and understanding why these resources are likely to be vulnerable, including the interaction between climate shifts and existing stressors.
The target audience includes conservation practitioner and other conservation managers who work on natural resource issues and need to determine which resources are most vulnerable when setting priorities for conservation action.
Duration: 5 days
Participants will understand how to design and interpret natural resource related climate management actions to help build resiliency and adaption. Specifically, participants completing the course will be able to:
· Understand vulnerability assessment in the broader context of adaptation planning and other relevant contexts,
· Evaluate the different factors influencing vulnerability and how they can affect the outcome of vulnerability assessments,
· Identify and critiquing/evaluating the approaches for conducting a vulnerability assessment and choose among the options
· Design a vulnerability assessment applicable to their needs,
· Evaluate and interpret the results of vulnerability assessments and recognize next steps,
· Communicate the purposes, methods, and results of vulnerability assessments to others,
· Develop (elements of) a vulnerability assessment workplan/statement of work, including level of effort.
Introduction to the impacts of climate change
Introduction to extreme events and gradual changes of the climate; impacts on different natural and managed systems/ sectors (ecosystem, agricultural, freshwater, urban infrastructure and society) and regions.
Introduction to the concept of vulnerability. Focused discussion on the vulnerabilities of different ecological and social systems, coastal vulnerability, particular issues for developing countries, refer to tipping points in the Earth System.
Qualitative to semi-quantitative methods to evaluate vulnerabilities and impacts. Discussion on prioritization of different adaptation options, to qualitative measures of decision support, and connections between adaptation and mitigation: trade-offs and mal-adaptation.
Introduction to the concept, indicators of adaptation, problems of its operationalization. Potential adaptation options for issues of food security, energy security, and transport in developing and developed countries, and the limits of adaptation. Factors influencing adaptation strategies (technical, institutional, financial) and constraints to developing strategies; consequences of adaptation strategies. Resilience to climate change possibilities
Practical/ Field work /methodology
Interaction with climate change experts and make investigations and collect data, draw concept maps, etc. Later analyze results with different evaluation methods (network analysis, including a software solution), and to derive and test various adaptation means.
Participants should have a basic knowledge of principles of conservation biology.