Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

A Non-Formal Online Course

Background and Rationale

As part of its effort to improve the capacity of Southeast Asian institutions working towards agricultural and rural development to respond to climate change, SEARCA launched various learning events geared to build the capacity of key actors in Southeast Asia. SEARCA's experience in conducting these offerings pointed out that (1) a vast number and variety of topics may be covered in discussing climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of agriculture and environment; and (2) intended participants who would be involved in adaptation and mitigation activities have varied characteristics and interests.

In response to these challenges, the Non-Formal Online Course on Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management was developed. The online course serves as an introductory e-Learning service that provides an appreciation of the core concepts and available knowledge-based methods and tools to effectively respond to the threats of climate change on agriculture and natural resource management.

SEARCA had offered the course thrice and now offers it through the UP Open University hoping for a wider reach to learners who may benefit from the course. Under this collaboration, SEARCA and UPOU have offered the course twice.

Modules

The course covers five main modules:

Module 1: Climate Change Adaptation as a Framework for Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate
Objective: At the end of the module, the learners should be able to identify key strategies/approaches in mainstreaming climate change adaptation in their respective areas of concern.

Module 2: Southeast Asia Climate Change Scenario
Objective: At the end of the module, the learners should be able to explain the basic process in developing climate change scenarios as well as why ensemble models are needed in projecting future climate.

Module 3: Vulnerability Assessment: An Introduction
Objective: At the end of the module, the learners should be able to identify the vulnerable sites and groups in a community.

Module 4: Economic Valuation of Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management
Objective: At the end of the module, the participants should be able to identify the appropriate economic valuation tool/s that can be used to estimate the value of climate change impacts as well as the costs and benefits of adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Module 5: Managing Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management due to Climate Variability
Objective: At the end of the module, the participants should be able to explain the conditions required to effectively manage climate risk as well as the application of climate information in managing such risks in the agriculture and natural resources sector.

Potential Clients

Those about to start active involvement in, or are relatively new at implementing, climate change adaptation initiatives in the agriculture and natural resources sector in Southeast Asia and other interested individuals outside the region, specifically:

  • Government planners and technical staff at the regional, national and local levels;
  • Researchers and practitioners; and
  • Representatives and staff of regional or national NGOs.

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)

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

WeekTopicDescriptionLecturer
1 Course Orientation Participants will be oriented on online course site navigation and the features that the site has to offer. Ms. Mary Anne Velas-Suarin
Course Coordinator and Dean
Faculty of Management and Development Studies
UP Open University
2-3 Module 1: Climate Change Adaptation as a Framework for Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate Review of the basic concepts of climate change adaptation (CCA) and climate risk management (CRM). Focus will be given on why policymakers should care about the issue of climate change. Dr. Rodel Lasco
Philippine Programme Coordinator
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
4-5 Module 2: Southeast Asia Climate Change Scenario Provides an appreciation of how future climate changes are predicted by climate scientists using historical climate. Dr. Rizaldi Boer
Executive Director
Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia and Pacific, Bogor Agriculture University (CCROM SEAP-IPB)
6-7 Module 3: Vulnerability Assessment: An Introduction Focuses on one of the most important tools that can be used to inform climate change adaptation planning. Provides an appreciation of its basic concepts and fundamental steps. Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz
Chancellor and Professor
University of the Philippines Los Baños
8-9 Module 4: Economic Valuation of Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (NRM) Provides an appreciation of the different economic tools that can be used to help decision makers determine the most cost effective adaptation options available to them.

Dr. Margaret M. Calderon
Professor
Institute of Renewable Natural Resources
College of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of the Philippines Los Baños

10-11 Module 5: Managing Risks in Agriculture and NRM due to Climate Variability Discusses the climate risk management process and its requirements. Two cases where climate information was used to inform CCA plans will be shared. Dr. Rizaldi Boer
12 Course Wrap-up   Ms. Mary Anne Velas-Suarin Course Coordinator