Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience: A Training Manual

by Kem Lowry, Roland Fuchs, and Keith Bettinger

Publisher: Honolulu: AECOM, East-West Center, and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Publication Date: 2015
Binding: paper
Pages: 26
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Since 2011, USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific has been helping countries in the region develop climate change adaptation projects and build capacities to access related finance in a sustainable way.

One of the ways USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific does this is by designing and implementing standalone capacity building programs targeted specifically at government officials. These programs focus on priority gaps and issues, such as the economics of climate change adaptation, integrating adaptation into urban governance functions, and climate-proofing infrastructure against climate change impacts. Responding to regional capacity building needs, including a lack of urban-related climate change trainings available, USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific in 2014 developed an Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience (UCCAR) training course. Developed in collaboration with the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, the course aims to improve climate change knowledge among mid- to senior-level managers working in urban and infrastructure planning and, in turn, help them design better adaptation projects.

This seven-module, five-day course starts with an introduction to climate change and climate change adaptation; provides tools and techniques for assessing climate change impacts and vulnerabilities; presents a framework for identification, evaluation, selection, and implementation of climate adaptation strategies, programs and projects; and finally looks at the options available for financing adaptation projects and methods of accessing climate change finance.

A hallmark of USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific's standalone capacity building programs is to ensure knowledge is tested and applicable in the real world. The UCCAR training course, therefore, incorporates multiple case studies, tools, methodologies, and guidelines developed through USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific's engagement with national and local governments in preparing climate change adaptation projects.

USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific will deliver the UCCAR training through short courses conducted across the Asia-Pacific region, in collaboration with national and local training organizations and institutions of higher learning. These partners will greatly enhance the training by tailoring the course materials to local contexts, providing relevant data sets and case studies, and linking the training with national and local laws, policies, and regulatory requirements for urban climate change adaptation.

This training manual allows the UCCAR training course materials and resources to be freely available to government agencies and practitioners across the region. The manual is primarily targeted at training institutions and agencies looking to develop and deliver urban climate change adaptation project development and finance training. The materials may also be useful for practitioners and individuals working in related sectors looking for a comprehensive set of tools and how-to guides for urban climate change adaptation.