Training 1.3

Climate change adaptation and mitigation in the natural resource and agricultural sector

Dates: Date will be announced here shortly.

This course emphasizes the drawbacks of global unsustainable development, in particular in the natural resource sphere, and its contribution to an accelerated global warming. Policies, concepts and mechanisms of natural resource management, agriculture and food security are discussed and their links to climate change adaptation and mitigation are analyzed. An effective response to climate change requires multi-level, multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder action. Case studies and practical examples, preferably presented by the participants themselves, as well as group work and active learning activities will be used during the 5-days. Special attention is given to rural areas and the situation of smallholder farmers.

The content is designed for an introductory to intermediate level, providing "all you need to know" about the basics of climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation, with clear, concise and up-to-date information. It is designed for those seeking a general understanding of climate change in the rural and natural resource sector, ranging from adaptation and mitigation projects to climate science and governance.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this training participants will have a comprehensive knowledge on causes and impacts of climate change with a special emphasis on food, agricultural and natural resources systems in rural areas. They will have learned about tools and instruments, i.e. to assess the vulnerability to climate change impacts and to identify adaptation and mitigation options. Participants will know and have critically reflected upon international and national processes regarding adaptation and mitigation, while never losing sight of the consequences of climate change for small-scale farmers.

Course Content:

In order to fully understand the complexity of the topic, participants need to appropriate the ‘climate lens’, including knowledge (facts and figures on impacts of climate change), skills (exercises, tools) and attitude (working in complex settings and under uncertainty). Effective learning is based on a mix of training methods, comprising instructor-led sessions (trainer inputs, expert talks, case studies by participants) and active learning activities (group work, quizzes, experience exchange, structured Q&A) in the following fields:

  • Climate change terms, concepts and the physical science basis
  • Climate change impacts on natural resources, food security and agriculture
  • UNFCCC instruments and international climate finance
  • Actors and examples of adaptation and mitigation projects
  • Adaptation planning and action in rural areas


The training course programme for 2019 will be uploaded here soon. Meanwhile, please have a look at last year’s programme.

Tuition fee: 725,- euros

Individual costs for travel, accommodation, visa fees, insurance and personal allowances are not included.


Dr. Silke Stöber is an agricultural economist with over 25 years of experience in development cooperation and research with a number of national and international NGOs and organizations. As SLE staff she supports applied research, rural advisory services and training on climate change adaptation and food security. Her main concern is the inclusion of smallholder farmers into sustainable food systems and value chains. Her long-standing work experience in South East Asia made her come to love very spicy Asian food. 

Nora Koim is a scientist, consultant, university lecturer and trainer with a background in forestry and natural resource management. Forest ecology and the impacts of climate change on forests and biodiversity worldwide, as well as adaptation and mitigation options particularly for rural populations, are of special interest to her. Her work in research and development projects led her to different countries in Africa and Latin America.


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