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Posted on on May 11th, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (

Climate Change Adaptation, Not to be Missed

from: Mica Longanecker  – via 

Climate change is here to stay, what are you doing to ensure that we live in a more prepared, better-adapted world?


Climate change is a global issue that requires smart action. According to a recent article in the Guardian, global carbon dioxide levels are set to pass the 400ppm milestone over the next few days, setting an unprecedented level of carbon in the atmosphere.


Other recent news headlines re-enforce the extent to which climate change is affecting current systems. From the USGS-NOAA’s Climate Change Impacts to U.S. Coasts Threaten Public Health, Safety and Economy to the IPCC urging Obama to raise awareness of science behind climate change. From Pacific Islands looking for new and innovative models to UK tourist attractions at risk of surface water flooding and early indicators that climate change could bring malaria to Europe. The evidence is there. What’s needed is action.


The Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP), working with the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, is excited to offer the 2013 Adaptation Academy Foundation Course: Creating Climate Adaptation Leaders aiming to support decision making in a changing environment.


Now in our fourth year, the Adaptation Academy is a leading climate adaptation training programme, supporting participants in developing technical and leadership skills in climate adaptation through actual project work and practical case studies. We constantly refine and shape the course based on the learning and feedback from previous years, ensuring that we remain a global leader in climate adaptation training.


Climate adaptation requires champions, leaders and agents of change. Join us next August and immerse yourself in the Foundation Course. Emerge transformed. Be prepared to find adaptation solutions for some of the most profound challenges ever to face the world and build a strong foundation for integrating climate adaptation into your work. Join world-renowned alumni and the leading global network of climate adaptation.


From the halls of an Oxford college, explore your role, make new and binding friendships with future leaders, raise the bar on your own thinking and potential by rubbing shoulders with an internationally renowned academic community, learn first-hand from expert practitioners and be inspired by leading intellectuals pioneering revolutionary interventions.


The Foundation Course integrates four central learning themes:

  1. Participants’ role as change makers
  2. Causal chains of climate science
  3. Adaptation as a process
  4. Project/Program development

Building on these four central themes, we have developed a range of different modules and exercises to bridge knowledge and application, theory and practice. The content of the 2013 Foundation Course will be:

  • Concepts of climate change, risk, vulnerability and adaptation
  • Analysing climate data for change and variability – trends and extreme events
  • Using climate change scenarios – uncertainty, probability, climate envelopes
  • Theory of change, leadership skills and communicating climate risks
  • Assessing vulnerability and impacts
  • Mapping socio-institutional networks, information flows and needs
  • National, sectoral, urban and local strategies and measures
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Economics of adaptation and adaptation finance
  • Screening adaptation options to develop sound projects
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning in adaptation pathways
  • Project development and practical skills development

Places are filling up and only a few remain! Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to revolutionise your thinking and take steps towards becoming an effective change maker.

The 2013 Adaptation Academy Foundation Course runs from the 12-30 August 2013, Oxford UK.

For more information, check out the Academy website ( or contact Mica Longanecker, the Academy Coordinator, at


Apply directly online for the course here!


If you want to engage with some of the world’s leading climate adaptation experts on an ongoing basis, join GCAP’s LinkedIn Group.

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