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Beginner Level

Approx. 18 hours to complete

English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Climate, Vulnerability and Development in Africa

3 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 92 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
15 videos
Africa's Human Development Challenge5m
In conversation with Irene Kunamwene: A Namibian case study8m
How Climate Risks Impact on Development7m
The Adaptation Deficit5m
Adaptation, Resilience, Maladaptation and Vulnerability1m
What is Adaptation?5m
Resilience and Maladaptation4m
Unpacking Vulnerability7m
In conversation with Irene Kunamwene: Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities7m
In Conversation with Gina Ziervogel: Climate Vulnerability11m
Possible Global Scale Changes in Climate6m
Local Scale Climate Change in Africa6m
Local Scale Climate Change Scenarios3m
In conversation with Irene Kunamwene: Adaptive capacity in Namibian households7m
4 readings
Meet the course team10m
African cases of climate adaptation10m
How the course works10m
Additional resources20m
3 practice exercises
Development Challenges and Climate Risks10m
Adaptation, Resilience, Vulnerability and Maladaptation10m
Week 1: Climate, Vulnerability and Development15m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Water Security

2 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 76 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
13 videos
Blue, Green, Grey Water4m
Water Security, Water Scarcity and the Adaptation Deficit6m
Climate Changes in Water Scarcity4m
Impacts of Climate Change on Water Security2m
Including Climate in Water Resource Planning2m
Soft Adaptation - Working with Nature8m
Hard Adaptation - Small Scale Options7m
Hard Adaptation for Large Water Ecosystems4m
Demand Management7m
Lesotho: Water and Social Justice - George Barrett6m
In conversation with Kevin Winter: Water-sensitive cities13m
Week 2 Summary1m
2 readings
Water security cases10m
Resources10m
3 practice exercises
Water Security Risks10m
Water scarcity adaptation2m
Week 2: Water Security Risks and Adaptations15m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Agriculture and Food Security

4 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 99 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
14 videos
Ways that Climate Impacts on Agricultural Yields9m
Possible Impacts on Agriculture in Africa5m
Adaptation by Closing Yield Gaps in Africa4m
Conservation Agriculture6m
Seed Improvement3m
Bringing Adaptation into Farm Extension Services5m
Irrigation for Increased Food Production4m
Financial Resources for farm adaptation5m
Long Term Adaptation in Agriculture10m
Mauritius: Climate-Smart Agriculture - Sunita Facknath11m
Namibia: Livestock Farmers and Climate Adaptations - Simon Angombe6m
In conversation with Admire Nyamwanza: Zimbabwe rural farmers18m
Week 3 Summary1m
2 readings
Our cases in context10m
Resources10m
2 practice exercises
Agriculture and food security risks2m
Agriculture and Food Security Adaptations2m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services

2 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 95 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
11 videos
Ecosystem Services8m
Vulnerability of Ecosystems to Climate8m
Vulnerability of Ecosystems to Non-Climatic Drivers10m
Recent Changes in African Ecosystems7m
Future Impacts on Ecosytems9m
Natural Adaptation of Ecosystems to climate change7m
Human assisted adaptation of ecosystems - Part 17m
Human assisted adaptation of ecosystems - Part 25m
Tanzania: Forest Ecosystems Adaptation Strategies - Pantaleo Munishi8m
In conversation with George Sekonya: Mopane worms resources12m
2 readings
Cases in context10m
Resources10m
3 practice exercises
Ecosystems Risks
Ecosystems Impacts and Adaptations
Week 4: Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services15m

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