The African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI) at UCT is launching a free online course on ‘Climate Adaptation in Africa’ in September 2018 on the Coursera platform.
The course presents climate change impacts and related adaptation responses from multiple sectoral and disciplinary angles. This course primarily targets development practitioners working in Africa, but will appeal to a range of practitioners, professionals and students from development-related fields in Africa.
The course will introduce the concepts of vulnerability, climate change adaptation (as opposed to mitigation), sustainable development, and climate-resilient development. The course examines projections of climate change impacts across Africa, and provides useful sources for participants to later refer to and use. The main content of the course focuses on adaptation theory and practice, but through the lens of four sectors that are critically important for climate resilient development in Africa:
Agriculture and food systems
Ecosystem based adaptation
Climate resilient cities
The last part of the course will look at the processes for implementing adaptation practices at different scales (local government, national government, the community, and public and private organisations).