Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Final Call: Water-Focused Adaptation to Climate Change - Online Courses Begin January 11

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CSDi is announcing the January launch of a module of four online field courses on Adaptation to Climate Change. These courses begin by introducing basic climate change concepts, and develop as participants identify local community vulnerabilities, investigate appropriate solutions, develop full projects, launch and manage them.

Water-based projects have included insufficient community water, flooding, disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, contaminated water and health, rainwater harvesting, protection and restoration of community springs, livelihood diversification and coastal resources management plans for Small Island Developing Nations, and agricultural water conservation.

Complete information and course syllabi:

Online course participants are using our courses to develop real, on-the-ground projects with real communities - both individually and through North/South student partnerships. People from 84 different countries and 150 organizations used CSDi online courses to develop projects in 2010 impacting 70.000 people.

OL 341. Adapting to Climate Change: Designing & Funding Community-Based Adaptation Projects.
January 11 - March 7, 2011.
Gain an insight into contemporary methods of developing community-based, sustainable, impact-oriented projects. Gain practical field tools and develop a range of skills: facilitating participatory needs assessments, designing projects, and evidence-based activities. Develop a real project in real time.

OL 342. Adapting to Climate Change: Planning for Impact.
March 15 - May 2, 2011.
Imbed impact into your adaptation project design with a powerful set of management tools. LogFrames, detailed budgets, timelines, compelling fact sheets, M&E plans, outcomes and impact. These tools will communicate to donors and stakeholders exactly what you are trying to accomplish and can be used for effective management of the project once funded.

OL 343. Adapting to Climate Change: The Community Focus.
May 10 - June 20, 2011.
What does climate change adaptation mean at the community level? What practical tools are available today for communities to use in adaptation? Conduct a baseline survey. For practitioners who wish to begin working now at the community level to successfully adapt to the challenges that face us.

OL 344. Adapting to Climate Change: Sustainable Implementation.
July 12 - August 22, 2011.
How do you launch and implement a community-centered adaptation project? The importance of community engagement. Developing skill sets for your community to use in the adaptation process. Learning tools: monitoring & evaluation. Community empowerment during project hand-over. Sustainability, follow-up & mentoring.

Be sure to visit the adaptation and water working groups at CSDi's Development Community. Join colleagues in sharing resources & collaborating online:

For more information please visit:

Questions? Please contact:


Tim Magee, Executive Director
Center for Sustainable Development

Center for Sustainable Development
724 Via Santo Tomas
Claremont, CA  91711

Be sure to visit CSDi's Development Community and join colleagues in sharing resources & collaborating online:

The Center for Sustainable Development specializes in providing sound, evidence-based information, tools and training for humanitarian development professionals worldwide. CSDi is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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