7th International Training Course on Climate Risk Management in a Changing Environment

Date:  17 - 26 Aug 2015

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand




Climate change and its impacts have become one of the most significant challenges of the 21st century. Climate-related risks, whether concurrent or prospective, need to be addressed swiftly as part of development strategies at all levels.

With population expansion and rapid industrialization in both developed and developing countries, policy-makers need to ensure resilience to the possible exacerbation of risks caused by hydro-meteorological hazards due to climate change. However, understanding the science of climate change and integrating adaption measues into development policies and practices has become a challenge for development and disaster risk reduction practitioners. Illustrating climate risk management in urban and rural settings and focusing on the sectoral challenges, ADPC's training course offers a unique opportunity for these professionals to enhance their knowledge, expertise and skills on the topic.

The course participants will be guided through a series of interactive sessions that will enable them to acquire scientific knowledge to assess and strategically reduce climate risks. The aim of the course is to harmonize climate risk management, disaster risk reduction and development planning into a holistic approach to sustainable development.


Upon completition of the course, participants will be able to:

Discuss the science, systems and societal issues of climate change, impacts of climate change and their linkages with climate-induced extreme events

Assess specific sector vulnerabilities to climate change in different settings

Utilize decision support systems for assessing climate impacts, vulnerabilities and risks and use the tools for designing climate risk management policies, programs and interventions

Discuss climate change planning processes for designing climate risk management policies, strategies, programs and interventions

Identify a menu of options for climate risk management to a given context

Share good practices and lessons learned on climate risk management (CRM) from different contexts

Develop hands-on skills on how to develop a CRM initiative using the existing knowledge in an innovative learning environment


Conducted over a period of eight days, the course is divided into six modules.

MODULE 1: Concepts and emerging directions of Climate Change and Climate Risk Management
Basic Concepts and Terminologies in Climate Risk Management
Fundamentals of Climate Change Science oDefining weather, climate and climate change
Science behind climate change: greenhouse effect etc.
Climate Change and climate variability
Emerging directions of Climate Risk Management practice
Climate change and extreme events
Linkage and overlap of CCA and DRR

MODULE 2: Climate change projections and decision support tools in Climate Risk Management
Overview of climate modeling for climate risk management, overview of projection and modeling of climate change and its impacts
Projection of future climate change: General Circulation Model,Regional Circulation Models, Atmospheric and Oceanic Models etc.
Use and applications of the projections and climate model outputs in planning and policy formulation
Accessing Local Climate Scenarios and Climate Risk Mapping
Downscaling of global and regional climate models into local climate scenarios
Overview to a downscaled climate modeling output for local climate scenari

MODULE 3: Climate change and urban built systems
Overview of the projected issues of climate change and urban built system oOverview of the urban settings and climate change impacts on the built systems
Housing and public amenities / urban settlements / heat island
Urban infrastructure, common amenities, drainage and flood controls
Water, sanitation and hygiene and health
Managing megacities / coastal cities in changing climate
Case study example of climate risk management in urban built systems
Detailed case study and critical overview of a case study on urban climate risk management (to be taken from ACCCRNprogram)

MODULE 4: Climate change and rural ecosystems
Overview of the projected issues of climate change and rural ecosystems
Overview of the rural ecosystems and climate change impacts on various eco-systems
Sustainable livelihoods
Agriculture and food security
Case study on climate management in rural settings
Detailed case study and critical overview of an agricultural climate risk management project

MODULE 5: Climate risk management planning and implementation
Climate Risk Management Planning Processes at the national level,sub-national and local levels
Climate forecasts and applications for proactive risk management
Description of various types of climate forecast products (including short, medium, seasonal, long-range)
Integration of climate change adaptation in urban built environment and local development programs
Climate proofed housing and infrastructure
Urban drainage and flood controls
Public health
Coastal city and urban land use planning
Integration of climate risk management in rural development and ecosystem-based programs focusing on agriculture and livelihoods oAgriculture based adaptation (crops, aquaculture and animal husbandry)
Incorporation of climate forecasts for selection of livelihood options including selection of crops
Crop insurance and microfinance for climate resilience
Farmer’s field schools and data advocacy for climate resilience
Concrete examples of two climate forecast applications one in rural setting (e.g. CFA examples) and another in urban setting(i.e. Urban flood forecast in Jakarta).
Climate resilience indicators
Overview to climate resilience
Climate resilience indicators in urban built environment
Climate resilience indicators for coastal environment
Climate resilience indicators in rural agriculture based environment
Cross-cutting issues to address climate change, Climate Risk Management and socially vulnerable groups oGender, children, elderly, differently able people
Other marginalized groups
Extreme events and findings of SREX report
Early warning system development and contingency planning foreffective response to changing hazardous environment
Economics of Climate Change and Climate Risk Management
Climate Risk Communication
CRC at national and sub-national level
CRC at local levels

MODULE 6: Future knowledge applications and conclusions
Hands-on exercise on project concept development exercise
Exercise on development of two project concept notes (in briefmanner) using the knowledge from the earlier sessions (one reflecting urban setting and another on rural setting)
Presentation of the project concept in groups and mock-evaluation of the proposals by a technical team, course conclusions and way forward
Post course action planning
Course evaluation

Note: The contents are shown for general reference only. ADPC's ongoing course improvement process may lead to some changes in topics and structure.


Internationally experienced practitioners and experts from different organizations will complement ADPC's in-house expertise in conducting and facilitating the course.


The course has been designed to promote the sharing of: knowledge, expertise and experience amongst the invited resource persons, sector specialists, guest speakers and the course participants. This approach will facilitate to equip participants with strategic planning processes and implement appropriate climate risk management options at different levels. It will encourage participants to think and act innovatively utilizing contemporary adult learning methodologies, including, but not limited to:

  • Interactive lectures and discussions
  • Facilitated group exercises
  • Scenario based simulations
  • Peer to Peer learning events
  • Field and institutional visits
  • Video documentaries
  • Case studies and good practices sharing
  • Instructional games
  • Guest speeches and high-level chats

Participants are asked to participate fully in all of the above course activities. Certificates will only be awarded to participants who complete all course requirements.


Package A with accommodation: USD 2,825
Package B without accommodation:
USD 2,075

The standard course fee of USD 2,825 covers course tuition, training materials, single accommodation with breakfast (11 nights), refreshments during two breaks and lunch daily (Monday–Friday) during the training, and study visits. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, airport transfers, visa application, lunch on weekends, all dinners, health and accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

Participants who wish to seek their own accommodation can choose an alternative course package B.

It is strongly recommended for participants to stay at the hotel where the training is held. The room rate is approximately USD 70–90 per single occupancy room per night including daily buffet breakfast.

Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by an organization. The application can be submitted online at www. or offline through email, fax, or postal mail before 10 July 2015. The application form can be requested by email from ADPC's administrative team at Pre-course information will be sent to participants once they have been accepted to the course.

If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC's account through a bank transfer or International Demand Draft (IDD) no later than 24 July 2015. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Please note that personal cheques are not accepted as a form of payment.

If you are unable to attend, a substitute applicant is welcome to attend in your place, provided that the participation criteria described above have been met. Cancellation of attendance should be notified at least three weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, 15 percent of the course fee will be deducted for banking charges and administrative costs. No refunds are available for cancellation within three weeks prior to course commencement.