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Approx. 21 hours to complete

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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
26 minutes to complete

Welcome to the Course

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Reading
1 video (Total 3 min), 4 readings
Video1 video
Reading4 readings
Course Description and Objectives1m
Grading System2m
Get to know your lecturers!10m
Glossary of Terms5m
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Climate Change and Cities

This week provides an introduction to climate change and what this means for cities around the world. First, we provide some background on climate change science. Next, we move onto the sources, effects and impacts of climate change globally. After this, we focus on what a changing climate means for all cities around the world, concentrating on the influence cities have had on climate change and how these activities have increased greenhouse gas emissions. We will see how they are already changing cities as we know them, with examples from the African continent. Lastly, this module will discuss climate change policies on an international scale, focusing on climate change negotiations and global policy making....
Reading
7 videos (Total 61 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Climate Change Sources6m
Climate Change Effects and Impacts9m
Urbanization and Climate Change6m
Urban Drivers of Greenhouse Gases10m
Climate Change Effects and Impacts on Cities12m
Climate Change Policies9m
Reading1 reading
Recommended Readings for Week 130m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Test Your Understanding of Week 1!12m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Defining and Assessing Urban Risk and Vulnerability

Climate Change Vulnerability is a concept that evolved in science in order to include the multiple risks that cities, populations or ecosystems are facing from various sources, including climate change but without discounting the role that existing and future socio-economic and political conditions play. In the first video you will understand the evolution of the concept of climate vulnerability and distinguish between different forms of vulnerability. Social Vulnerability refers to the distinction between the biophysical and human dimensions of vulnerability. This distinction is important because it emphasizes the characteristics of people and social groups that make them more or less vulnerable to climate change hazards and that also influence their ability to respond. In the second video you will understand what are these factors and will be able to assess certain hazards and their risk factors for social vulnerability. Social Vulnerability to climate change can be operationalized, i.e. assessed or calculated for a given region or population. Scholars have developed different methods to do so. In the third video you will learn about two most of the most common approaches to calculating Social Vulnerability, which is often done with a composite index and mapping. An example from a Social Vulnerability Assessment in Southern Africa will be used as case study. The fourth video identifies some of the main hazards facing African urban centres, and then explores the drivers of vulnerability for individuals, groups of urban residents, and cities. It concludes that both external threats and internal factors will shape the experiences of African cities in a context of climate change. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 41 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Approaches to Climate Change Vulnerability12m
What is social vulnerability?8m
Practical Examples of Calculating Social Vulnerability7m
Risk and Vulnerability in African Cities7m
Reading5 readings
Reading Materials for "Approaches to Climate Change Vulnerability"35m
Reading Materials for video on "What is social vulnerability?"30m
Reading Materials for "Practical examples of Calculating Social Vulnerability"30m
Reading Materials for Video 5"Risk and Vulnerability in African Cities"35m
Introduction to Calculating Social Vulnerability Quiz5m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Test Your Understanding of Week 2!8m
Calculating Social Vulnerability5m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Climate Change Adaption and Resilience

Climate change policy – including both mitigation and adaptation - has become an essential component of urban policy. Cities around the world are beginning to understand the progress that can be made by managing policies that already exist, such as civil protection, health management, urban design and planning. The first video will briefly explain the differences between adaptation in natural and human systems and then focus, by means of examples, on one of the two typologies of adaptation that is reactive adaptation. In contrast to reactive adaptation, done in reaction to a disaster event, anticipatory adaptation involves deliberate policy decision based on the awareness that conditions have changed or are expected to change. In the second video several examples of anticipatory adaptation are presented in different countries across the world. The concept of autonomous adaptation, or adaptation done without any government support by citizens, is also introduced. The intention is that of showing how proactive, long term decisions about adaptation are overall less expensive than reactive, short term ones.Climate change costs and impacts are not evenly spread across countries. The third video will explain the underlying reasons for this divide rooted in political and socio-economic differences among countries influencing their ability to ultimately recover from disasters and put in place strategies to anticipate climate impacts. Based on the choice of adaptation frameworks the lecture will also explain what are some of the factors that influence what successful adaptation may look like. Climate resilience is a component of climate adaptation. There are at least 25 definitions of urban resilience in the academic literature. Although this signifies that urban resilience is a thriving topic in the field of urban studies, there are concerns that it is becoming an empty term. How can climate adaptation be related to urban resilience and what are the conceptual tensions surrounding the implementation of this desired characteristic on the ground? The fourth video will try to answer these questions by illustrating three of the six conceptual tensions present in urban climate resilience. The fifth video illustrates the last three tensions in applying the concept of urban climate resilience on the ground. It also illustrates some of the existing urban climate resilience frameworks developed by donor and multi-later agencies, explaining in more depth the components of climate resilience as understood by the Urban Resilience Framework developed by the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International, a comprehensive framework for resilience building. Many of the issues driving risk, and that need to be addressed to ensure adaptation, cut across geographical boundaries and sectors. Addressing these issues requires what is often referred to as multi-level governance. The sixth video will introduce the concepts of multi-level governance and adaptive governance, which will help you to make practical suggestions about appropriate strategies for urban climate change adaptation. The way in which decisions are made in cities has a significant impact on the way in which risk is addressed and the success of adaptation. Urban governance is not only a matter for local authorities, but involves a wide range of linkages within the city, from civil society to the private sector, and outside the city, from national to global institutions. The seventh video describes some of the key actors involved in governance for adaptation and risk, explores the relationships that they have to each other, and provides examples of different governance strategies that have proven successful in this area....
Reading
9 videos (Total 69 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
How do cities adapt to climate change? Reactive adaptation5m
How do cities adapt to climate change? Anticipatory adaptation7m
Climate Adaptation: different contexts and approaches7m
Conceptual tensions of urban resilience7m
Urban climate resilience: from conceptual tensions to practice8m
Governance to reduce urban risk8m
Key actors in reducing urban risk7m
Climate and resilience programs in African cities10m
Reading3 readings
Reading Materials for "Differences in adaptation responses" sub-section40m
Reading Materials for "Conceptual tensions in urban resilience" sub-section40m
Reading Materials for "Conceptual tensions in urban resilience" sub-section40m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Test Your Understanding of Week 316m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Planning for Climate Change

In previous videos, you have learnt about the impacts of climate change in cities. We have two main activities to undertake in order to reduce these impacts, namely mitigation and adaptation. In week four, we focus on the process of planning for climate change in cities. This series of videos discusses the planning approaches that cities can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Planning plays a key role in helping our cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. First, we introduce the approaches to planning, namely ad-hoc, strategic, and mainstreaming. Then we discuss the main steps of planning for climate change, from greenhouse gas emissions inventory and vulnerability assessments to setting of objectives and targets, assessment, selection, and implementation of measures, and lastly, monitoring and evaluation. Additionally, we provide practical examples of both climate change mitigation and adaptation planning in African cities. In video 7 you will learn that even the best-laid plans do not work sometimes. There can be barriers along the way and this video provides you with knowledge regarding the existing barriers of implementing these actions in practice. Finally, in video 8, we also highlight the guiding principles for city climate action planning. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 85 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Adhoc, strategic and mainstreaming approaches12m
Main Steps of Planning for Climate Change9m
Planning for climate change in Kampala, Uganda11m
Climate Change Mitigation in Kampala City10m
Urban Adaption in Action: Experiences from Kampala10m
Barriers to Implementation of Climate Change Actions13m
Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning13m
Reading1 reading
Recommended Readings for Week 430m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Test your understanding of Week 4!12m
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Top Reviews

By DNFeb 18th 2018

Excellent introduction to the core components related to planning for climate Change mitigation and adaptation, well presented, thoroughly enjoyed it! Keep up the excellent work!

By JRMar 1st 2018

Great course with good information on the tools necessary to help cities adapt to climate change in the context of the African continent.

Instructors

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Veronica Olivotto

Expert, Climate Change Adaptation
Institute for Housing and Urban Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam
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Dr. Shuaib Lwasa

Associate Professor
Geography Geoinformatics and Climatic Sciences , Makerere University
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Prof. Andy Gouldson

School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds
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Marcus Mayr

Associate Human Settlements Officer
Climate Change Planning Unit, UN-Habitat
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Dr. Stelios Grafakos

Head of Urban Environment and Climate Change Group
Institute for Housing and Urban Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam
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Dr. David Dodman

Director of the Human Settlements Group
International Institute for Environment and Development
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Dr. Diana Reckien

Associate Professor
Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management, University of Twente
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Dr. Nathalie Jean Baptiste

Team Leader Climate Change and Environmental Studies, Institute of Human Settlements Studies, Ardhi University

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