The UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) intensive five-week postgraduate programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change will start on 23 February at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo. The application deadline for the programme’s two courses has been extended to 20 January 2012 for students from abroad and to 31 January 2012 for students within Japan.
Course One focuses on “Science, Impacts and Vulnerability”, while the focus of Course Two is “Approaches to Adaptation”. Practical training in the use of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software for climate and ecosystems change research will be provided in conjunction with the courses.
For more information, see the Postgraduate Courses on Building Resilience to Climate Change page on the UNU-ISP website.
The courses are intended for students currently enrolled in a master’s or PhD programme, in any discipline, who wish to deepen their knowledge on, and gain practical training in, building resilience to climate and ecosystems change. The courses have been developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR), a joint initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia. UNU-ISP acts as the Secretariat for UN-CECAR.
The courses cover a range of issues on sustainability and adaptation to climate and ecosystems change. Topics include climate and atmospheric science, impacts assessment, climate and society, ecosystems resilience, risk and uncertainty, integrated solutions for mitigation and adaptation, mainstreaming adaptation into development planning and community-based adaptation.
Each course comprises 36 hours of teaching time and is equivalent to a regular 2-credit postgraduate course in Japan. While a number of universities have negotiated credit transfer agreements with UNU-ISP, the decision on whether credits are transferrable will be made by the student’s university. The credits also can be transferred to the UNU-ISP Master of Science in Sustainability, Development, and Peace programme.