Online course on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Policies, Plans and Investments toward ISARD

Background and Rationale

Advancing inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) necessitates improving the resilience of rural communities. This involves making sure that agriculture and other natural resources are conserved and sustainably managed while reducing the risks of natural disasters. Livelihoods and habitation in agricultural and natural resource ecosystems are among the most vulnerable to climate change. The aftermath of extreme weather events due to changing climate has wrought much disaster and grave threats to the sustainability of efforts toward rural poverty reduction and food security.

Adaptation has been recognized as one of the key strategies to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change. The challenge is to come up with various adaptation strategies to strengthen the coping capacity of communities and the adaptive capacity of natural ecosystems. However, climate-induced disasters have become even more frequent, drawing decision-makers' attention towards disaster risk management (DRM) in addressing the challenges wrought by changing climate.

Course Description

This ten-week course is designed as a foundational introduction into the functional elements of inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) as reframed through the interaction of policies, strategies, and projects involving climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk management (DRM). The course provides an update on the discourse of CCA and DRM and further introduces specific CCA and DRM methodologies and tools for practical applications.

Objectives

At the end of the course, the online learner should be able to:

  1. Review the evolving frameworks, approaches, and initiatives in CCA, mainstreaming CCA, and DRM vis-à-vis inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD);
  2. Describe and explain generic processes and requirements on integrating CCA and DRM toward ISARD;
  3. Appropriate the application of specific methodologies and tools for integrating CCA and DRM toward ISARD.

Intended Participants

The course is offered to government planners and technical staff at the regional, national, and local levels, researchers and practitioners from centers of excellence and private organizations, and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who are interested in acquiring fundamental knowledge of CCA and DRM and their relationship to inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development.

Language

All teaching and reference materials are in English.

Course Fees

PHP 5,500.00 (including miscellaneous fee of PHP 500.00) or USD 215.00 for foreign participants (includes application and course fees, USD 100.00 and USD 115.00, respectively).

Registration

Deadline of registration: 27 January 2018

Online registration only. For more details, please follow this link: http://fmds.upou.edu.ph/index.php/academics/cep?id=344

Contact Details

Mr. Larry N. Cruz
University Extension Associate
Faculty of Management and Development Studies
UP Open University
Telefax: (+6349) 536-6010
Trunkline: (+6349) 536-6001-6 local 821
Email address: ;
URL: www.upou.edu.ph

Course Schedule

WeekModuleTopicsFaculty
1 Course Orientation Participants will be oriented on online course site navigation and the features that the site has to offer. Dr. Ricardo T. Bagarinao
Course Coordinator
Faculty of Education, UP Open University
Module 1. Evolving Discourses, Approaches, and Initiatives on Climate Change Adaptation and Climate Risk Management in Agricultural and Rural Development
  1. Evolving Views, Approaches and Efforts in Dealing with Climate Change in the Context of Agricultural and Rural Development
  2. Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Development Policies, Plans and Investments
Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz
Professor
College of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of the Philippines Los Baños
2-5 Module 2. Processes and Requirements in Climate Change Adaptation and Climate Risk Management toward Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development
  1. CRM as an Approach to Climate-Sensitive Decision Making
  2. Integrating CCA and DRM

Dr. Juan M. Pulhin
Professor and IPCC-AR5 Corresponding Lead Author
College of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of the Philippines Los Baños

  1. Vulnerability Assessment (Exposure, Sensitivity, and Adaptive Capacity)
Dr. Rizaldi Boer
Executive Director
Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia and Pacific
Bogor Agriculture University (CCROM SEAP-IPB)
Bogor, Indonesia
  1. Information Systems and their Impact on Decision Making
Dr. Alfredo Mahar F. Lagmay
Executive Director
Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (Project NOAH)
Department of Science and Technology
Diliman, Quezon City
  1. Agricultural Insurance
Dr. Sivapuram V.R.K. Prabhakar
Task Manager and Senior Policy Researcher
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan
  1. Financing Climate Change Adaptation and Climate Risk Management
Mr. Naderev Saño
Former Commissioner
Climate Change Commission
Office of the President of the Philippines
6-9 Module 3. Methodologies and Tools for Climate Change Adaptation and Climate Risk Management toward Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development
  1. Methods and Tools in Hazard Mapping and Vulnerability Assessment
Dr. Esteban C. Godilano
GIS Specialist and Consultant
Los Baños, Laguna
  1. Economic Assessment of Adaptation Options
Dr. Canesio D. Predo
Assistant Professor
College of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of the Philippines Los Baños
  1. Community-based Adaptation
  2. Monitoring and Evaluation
Dr. Maria Victoria O. Espaldon
Professor
School of Environmental Science and Management
University of the Philippines Los Baños
10 Course Wrap-up   Dr. Ricardo T. Bagarinao
Course Coordinator