Urban Management Tools for Climate Change
Date and duration
4- 23 June 2012 (3 weeks)
IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
IHS Application deadline
4 May 2012
Who is it for?
This course offers management tools for urban policy makers, planners and environmentalists.
Cities are increasingly expected to undertake concrete actions to adapt to sea level rise, floods, droughts and other natural disasters exacerbated by climate change and climate variability. The impact of climate change differs for rural and urban areas, coastal cities, mountain cities and low-latitude cities. What concrete activities should coastal cities undertake?
The course introduces climate change as an integral part of sustainability, its impacts and main strategies for mitigation and adaptation.
Week 1. Vulnerability assessment
Cities considered as the most vulnerable areas to sea level rise, storm surges, floods and droughts. Participants will get acquainted with a range of vulnerability assessment tools and will acquire knowledge and skills on how to perform a vulnerability assessment at a city based on a case study.
Week 2. Mitigation strategies
Cities can play an essential role in mitigation of climate change as well. They can reduce energy consumption, promote renewable sources of energy or they can trade emission tradable permits under the Flexible Mechanisms of the Kyoto protocol. The latter is becoming a lucrative business for green and clean cities. GHG emissions inventories and abatement potential assessment are becoming vital tools for city’s climate mitigation planning. Participants will have the chance to perform a GHG inventory at a city level and prioritize climate mitigation actions.
Week 3. Adaptation strategies
Cities should adapt to both long-term trends associated with climate change (e.g. sea level rise) and to extreme events such as flooding. After centuries of land reclamation, the Netherlands now transforms land into lakes and builds floating houses and roads, with gardens on roofs (‘blue cities’). Participants will develop adaptation strategies for concrete cases, based on theory and best practices.
Local Climate Change Plans: Local Climate Change (CC) Plans translate often vague strategies for mitigation and adaption into concrete actions. Local CC plans are based on risk and vulnerability assessment, mitigation and adaptation assessment as well, while considering the (financial) constraints of the particular city. Participants will analyse and evaluate detailed assessment reports of various case studies and furthermore will develop a local climate change action plans for a specific city.
IHS Post-graduate Diploma
For this Post-graduate Diploma Course you should:
- Have at least a Bachelor’ degree from a recognized University or similar institute
- Have at least three years work or academic experience
- Show evidence of a sufficient oral and written command of the English language. If English is not your mother tongue, a TOEFL (Score: 575 (paper-based) / 232 (computer-based) / 90 (internet based)) or IELTS (Score: min. 6.5, subtest not lower than 5.5) test is required.
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