Environmental Leadership in Climate Change Adaptation for Southeast Asia (ELCCA SEA)
Date and Venue
6th-10th February 2012 at Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Aims to develop Southeast Asian nationals to play strategic roles in their respective countries toward instituting policies and leading initiatives that primarily focus on CCA in the agriculture and natural resources management sectors.
Champions are advocates of change. The creation of champions has proven to be an effective strategy in environmental advocacy and other areas of development work. Champions serve as leaders who bring vital issues and concerns to the attention of those within their sphere of influence.
The role of climate change adaptation (CCA) champions at the local level is especially important. This training-workshop was created in response to the growing need to widen awareness and spark collective action at the local level towards developing initiatives that can strengthen the region’s capacity to cope with the risks presented by climate change in agriculture, rural development and natural resources management. It will develop Southeast Asian nationals to play strategic roles in their respective countries toward instituting policies and leading initiatives that primarily focus on CCA in the agriculture and natural resources management sectors.
The training-workshop aims to develop local-level champions who can push for the development and implementation of CCA policies and initiatives in their respective locales/areas of responsibility. Specifically, it aims to:
- Provide participants with core climate science concepts for them to have a better understanding of the climate change phenomenon and its impact on agriculture and NRM;
- Discuss CCA concepts and various knowledge-based strategies and techniques available in managing the risks brought about by climate change; and
- Broaden the participants’ perspectives on agricultural and natural resource management and leadership.
The training-workshop will use a variety of instructional methods and techniques (i.e., lecture-discussions, case presentation, role play, debate, etc.). It has six main parts:
- Climate Setting: Leadership Challenges in Climate Change
- Module 1. Climate Change Science: An Introduction
- Module 2. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Basic Concepts and Principles
- Module 3. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Program Implementation: Relevant Institutional Frameworks
- Module 4. Transformative Leadership in Adapting to and Mitigating the Impacts of Climate Change
- Workshop: Commitment as a CCA Champion
Thirty (30) local executives, development planners, technical advisors and researchers who: display leadership potential; and
are affiliated with a government, non-government or policy-oriented organization that is actively involved in sustainable agriculture, rural development and natural resource management (NRM) at the local/grassroots level.