SLE TRAINING Climate Proofing of Infrastructure Investments
Do you believe that future investments might be at risk if they do not consider climate change scenarios?
Do you want to make sure that your infrastructure investments (soft and hard infrastructure, e.g. parks, reserves, bridges, roads) withstand future climate change impacts?
This training course will equip you with a practical set of tools to climate-proof your infrastructure investments!
Developing countries, emerging economies, and investment banks are investing billions in durable infrastructure every year. However, they often fail to take account of future climate change in their planning. As a result, new infrastructure projects (e.g. from the agriculture, transportation, or energy sector) are being implemented without consideration of climate change risks. This leads to high potential for damage, loss and misguided investment with potentially serious consequences for the economy and society. For this reason, infrastructure adapted to the impacts of climate change is one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. From this starting point, this training aims to instruct participants in how to take climate-related risks into consideration, when planning investments into infrastructure.
Course Objectives: The overall objective of the training course is to provide participants with a sound knowledge on how to assess and reduce climate-related risks for infrastructure investments. This training focuses on methodological aspects of climate proofing and participants will learn via a case study about the infrastructure investment process, existing tools to assess climate risks, and about options to integrate climate change adaptation in infrastructure projects. At the end of the course, participants will be able to analyse infrastructure projects with regard to climate change risks, threats, and opportunities.
- Identification of entry points for climate risk reduction within the infrastructure investment process
- Performance of a risk assessment to identify underlying reasons for climate risk within your infrastructure investment
- Identification of adaptation and mitigation options and entry points in infrastructure projects, incl. mainstreaming of identified climate change response options
- Simple cost-benefit analyses in the context of climate change response options for infrastructure investments
Course Methods: The training is based on the Harvard Case Method, which supports adult learning from experience: Introduction to the topic – Group exercise with a given case – Presentation of results – Reflection on relevance to participants’ needs and future applications. This method is complemented by interactive exercises which integrate emotions and movement into sustainable learning processes.
Target Group: The training addresses professionals working in international cooperation, policy advice, project formulation, or related areas. Ideally, participants already have first plans or ideas how the course content can be applied in their working context. Good command of English is mandatory.
The course takes place at the Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Our short intensive courses promote learning through experience: 'Learning by doing for impact' is the most important aspect of the SLE's training philosophy. Our participants come from all around the globe: They include staff from development agencies, national and international NGOs, public institutions, university students and researchers, as well as professionals from the private sector. These different cultural backgrounds and professions add to an intercultural and transdisciplinary exchange of experiences within an enabling learning environment.
While there is no application deadline, there is only a limited number of places available in each course and they fill up quickly. We are looking forward to receiving your application!
Further information: https://www.sle-berlin.de/en/training