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Making Climate Adaptation Happen: Governing Transformation Strategies for Climate Change

University of Groningen and Global Center on Adaptation via FutureLearn


Learn the governance tools to respond to climate change

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing governing bodies across the globe.

On this course, you will be introduced to climate science, the societal effects of climate change, and the responses already available in the form of climate adaptation.

Identify why climate change adaptation is important

Adaptive governance is a term used to describe an approach to managing the uncertainty posed by rapid environmental changes in a more responsive manner than traditional modes of governance.

As such, it could be a vital governance tool in the fight against climate change. Being able to nimbly react to fast-changing environmental crises requires certain skill-sets that many governing bodies currently lack.

Create a climate change adaptation plan

Learning alongside experts in governance and adaptation strategies, you’ll examine the science behind climate change, exploring the terminology and facts behind what it is and how we adapt to it.

You’ll summarise the development of the current architecture of global governance for dealing with climate change.

Differentiate climate change adaptation and mitigation policies

Exploring the costs and benefits of climate adaptation versus climate mitigation, you’ll identify the governance and social science theories that can help tackle environmental change, and the role international climate finance can play.

This course is developed for current and future environmental policy professionals working in both the public and private sectors. It will also appeal to students or professionals interested or working in political science, environmental management, risk management, governance studies, and other related social science fields.

Taught by

Hellen Dawo

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  • Anonymous
    Thoroughly enjoyed the course! Each week had information and interaction. The integrated videos and articles made it not monotonous and then weekly assignments encouraged extra research with the chance to read and evaluate others work. The discussions in the comments at the bottom of each page encouraged us to talk with each other and allowed us to see the perspectives of people from all over the world with different contextual knowledge. An opportunity I would not have otherwise had!

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