Course brief - Why should we study NOW and a little brief
Climate change impacts are being felt all around us – rising temperatures and changing precipitation are increasing the risks of floods, droughts, and heat waves for example. These have the potential to adversely impact lives, livelihoods and wellbeing of communities. Businesses and infrastructures are not spared either. This basic level course focuses on understanding the impacts of climatic change, and ways to both adapt, and develop targeted actions.
Outcomes – takeaways post learning the course
Understanding climate change – trends and projections till 2050
Climate change impacts on key sectors
Identifying gaps, and bridging the science-policy-practice divide
Developing solutions for a climate-secure future
Corporates – Multinationals
Post Graduate Students
NGOs and Social Enterprises
Session 1: Presentation and Q&A
Current knowledge – what do we know?
Reasons and impacts – are we doing enough?
Session 2: Presentation and Q&A
Trends and projections: what can we expect by 2050?
How can we be prepared?
Session 3: Round table discussion and group work
What are sustainable actions?
Bridging the science-policy-practice gap
Session 4: Group work and Q&A
How to identify gaps – are the existing frameworks working optimally?
Working towards sustainable recommendations
Session 5: Presentation and Q&A
Learning from a case study
Analyzing the State Action Plans on Climate Change of the Indian Himalayan region, and way forward
Online test: 20 marks (4 questions from each session)
Dr Nishikant Gupta’s decade long experience working on biodiversity, environmental sustainability and climate change in both LDC and MDC countries has enhanced resilient practices by bridging the science-policy-practice gap. He has developed and managed several projects across international organizations to strengthen ecosystem services, livelihoods, and holistic biodiversity conservation which directly feed into policy formulation. He has also initiated crucial interdisciplinary collaborations at various levels of governance and provided novel solutions which address major ecological and socio-economic challenges in Asia, Europe and Australia aided by 36 scientific publications and 44 diverse sets of knowledge products. He now aims to scale-up and scale-out climate adaptation solutions, understand vulnerabilities and opportunities and develop path-breaking policy documents to boost existing conservation programmes leading to long-term sustainability.
Affiliation: Department of Geography and Environmental Management, the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, United Kingdom