Welcome to this course on using climate information for adaptation. During the course you will look at a number of subjects relevant to this subject, will have the opportunity to listen to international experts discussing good practice, and will be asked to think about what happens in your own countries and identify ways in which you can improve local practice.
The course is run as an online workshop, with nine sessions delivered over a two-week period. Each session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, and there is generally one session each day. On one day there are two sessions. At the end of Session 3 you will be given an assignment that you will need to work on collaboratively with other participants from your country over a few days.
It is important to note that each session is highly interactive, and you will not spend very much time listening to expert presentations. Instead, you are expected to study supporting materials before starting the workshop or before each session, so that you have a basic understanding of each subject. In the workshop online sessions you will be working collaboratively with other participants to develop a shared understanding about how these subjects are relevant to your own local situation and to agree action plans for how to move forward after the workshop.
When you complete the workshop satisfactorily you will receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion. To do this you must satisfy the following:
There are two key sources of information that you need to look at before starting the course:
- Attend at least five out of the nine online sessions.
- Make a contribution to each forum activity.
- The Participants’ Manual, which contains information about how the course is delivered, but most importantly, contains background reading for each session.
There is a link below to a copy of the workshop agenda as a PDF. This contains the session times for each timezone. You can download it and print it out for easy reference.IMPORTANT NOTE: To fully participate in this Workshop you will have to be registered in the ETRP Learning Platform and enrolled in this course. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request to be enrolled.
- You should complete the “Integrating climate risk information into NAPs” online course, which provides important background information relevant to many of the sessions. Note that this takes about 6 hours to complete, so leave yourself plenty of time to do this before the workshop starts.
- Attend at least five out of the nine online sessions.
Session 1 – Introduction and background
8 November, 2021: 08:00 – 10:00 UTC
The aim of this session is to welcome you to the course. You will get to know the other participants, both from your own country and from the other countries which are taking part. You will also meet the lead facilitator who will explain how the course will run.
The session ends with short presentations by a representative from each country who will provide an overview of the climate challenges that their country faces.
Session 2 – The role of climate information in adaptation planning
9 November, 2021: 08:00 – 09:30 UTC
Session 2 explores the role of climate information in adaptation planning and decision-making.
An international expert will set the scene with a short presentation, and you will then work with country colleagues to discuss and identify specific climate information that will be of particular importance to you.
The session concludes with a discussion about what climate information needs each country group has identified and what may be learnt from that.
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- Instant summary reports of climate change for any site on the globe
- Easy access to many pre-calculated climate indicators, based on state-of-the-art in climate science, of the past, present, and future
- Guidance on how to link global changes to local observations
Session 3 — Assembling technical resources to assess climate risk
10 November, 2021: at 08:00 UTC
The aim of this session is to identify what technical resources you will need in order to assess climate risk.
Following on from a brief presentation by an international expert, you will have the chance to discuss what technical skills you have available in your own country, what skills need to be strengthened, and to think about what help you could seek to build capacity.
You will then have the chance to report back on your findings, listen to the challenges that other countries face, and discuss with WMO experts how you can strengthen capacity building activities.
The session ends with an assignment. You are asked to spend some time during the next few days thinking about what you have discussed and trying to make contact with people from your own country or elsewhere who may be able to contribute to capacity building. You will then be asked to report back on this activity in Session 4.
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Session 4 – Reporting back on developing technical resources
15 November, 2021: 08:00 – 09:30 UTC
This session builds on Session 3, giving you a chance to talk about what opportunities you have identified for capacity building, but then gives you the opportunity to have a group discussion about what obstacles there may be.
Reporting back, and listening to what obstacles other countries have identified, will give you the chance to identify actions that you can take in order to remove obstacles and move forward on capacity building.
Session 5 – The role of National Meteo-Hydrological Services in adaptation planning
15 November, 2021: 10:00 – 11:30 UTC
The aim of this session is to think about the role of local National Meteo-Hydrological Services (NMHS) in the adaptation planning process.
The size, structure and effectiveness of every country’s NMHS will be different, and each will face different challenges in terms of such things as how well it is supported by national legislation, policy makers, and so on. This session will give you and your country colleagues the chance to have a discussion about challenges you see to making your NMHS more effective.
Again, after reporting back and listening to the experiences of other countries, you will be able to discuss this with an international expert and identify what strategies you may be able to pursue to move things forward positively.
Session 6 – The importance of climate information in prioritising action
16 November, 2021: 08:00 – 09:30 UTC
This session examines the importance of climate information in prioritising adaptation actions.
An international expert will present a brief summary of their perspective on how this can be done, and you will then work with colleagues to identify three priority actions that you think your country needs to take that are supported by climate information.
Reporting back and listening to other perspectives will help you to understand what you can do to move this forward in your own country.
Session 7 – How climate products and services support adaptation
17 November, 2021: 08:00 – 09:30 UTC
The aim of this session is to help you to understand more about climate products and services, and how these can contribute to adaptation planning.
The session will start with a brief explanation by an international expert about what climate products and services include, and you will then have the chance to discuss with your country colleagues what climate products and services you currently use and what weaknesses there may be in doing this.
After sharing your conclusions with others you will have the chance to put together some ideas for action.
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Session 8 – Developing partnerships for using climate data
18 November, 2021: 08:00 – 09:30 UTC
In Session 8 you will think about the importance of partnerships in using climate information effectively.
You will work with colleagues to identify what partnerships already exist in your country for using climate information, and drawing on the experience of international experts, will be able to prepare an action plan which you can follow in order to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new ones.
This session ends with the request that you reflect on what you have learned during the course of the workshop, and complete a short report about this before the final session.
Session 9 – Workshop review
19 November, 2021: 08:00 – 09:30 UTC
The aim of this session is to reflect on what you have learnt during the workshop programme. This will give you the chance to identify any issues which have arisen, and to think about how you may be able to take the various ideas and actions you have identified during workshop sessions forward, perhaps in collaboration with participants from other countries or the international experts you will have worked with during the two weeks.