Cookbook “Tailor made training courses on CCA”

When planning a training event, trainers and commissioners may be uncertain which modules to choose and how to organise the event in order to deliver effective results. The adaptation training course has undergone several enhancements and revisions since its inception in 2011, covering newly discussed topics such as ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) and going into more detail on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and climate science.

The “cookbook”, published by GIZ in 2013, is based on the valuable experiences from more than thirty training workshops in different countries and for a variety of target audiences. In its first part, it covers key “ingredients” for programming a CCA training event and gives guidance on questions that often arise during preparation. The second part contains tried and tested “recipes”, i. e., training design briefs for different training formats depending on the target group and the desired output. It is available for download in English and French and Spanish.

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Training Materials

Materials for the training “Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Planning” are available in English, French, and Spanish, with some parts available in German and Portuguese as well. The materials consist of four elements:

  • A manual for participants with all the necessary information and exercises;
  • A handbook for trainers detailing the requirements and didactic methods of the course;
  • PowerPoint slides for each module to complement the training event;
  • Handouts with further exercise materials, solutions, and information.

The twelve thematic modules can be mixed and matched to suit a specific audience’s needs. A “cookbook” provides more details on how to plan a training event according to capacity development needs and available time and resources. The Training materials can be downloaded free of charge below. GIZ must be given proper credit in any use of the materials.

Handbooks and Manuals
Participants’ Manual English Spanish French
Handouts for participants English Spanish French
Trainers’ handbook English Spanish French
Trainers’ handbook Annex English Spanish French
Introduction: Course Guidance English Spanish French
Introduction: Zanadu country description English Spanish French
Introduction: Climate Change Adaptation English Spanish French
M1 Apply a climate lens English Spanish French
M2-A Understanding Climate Science English Spanish French
M2-B Finding Climate Information English Spanish French
M2-C Managing Uncertainty English Spanish French
M3 Assess Vulnerability English Spanish French
M4 Identify Adaptation Options English Spanish French
M5 Select Adaptation Measures English Spanish French
M6 Develop a M&E Framework Download under M&E Training
M7 Develop Institutional Capacity English Spanish French
M8 Local Climate Stresses English Spanish French
M9 Local Action English Spanish French
M10 Project Cycle English Spanish French

Adaptation Training in South Africa

Another instalment of the Training Course for Integrating Adaptation into Development Planning was conducted in South Africa from 13 to 16 January, and very well received. 26 participants studied an extended version of the basic training, covering topics such as assessing vulnerability, identifying adaptation options, and selecting adaptation measures. The course also included an exchange of personal experiences and an introduction to monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

More details about the content and reception of the course can be found in the training documentation. Modules on several other adaptation-related topics are available. Details and materials can be found in the Knowledge section. Consult the Training Cookbook for instructions on how to design training courses tailored to your audience and needs, or head to the Exchange section for reports from other trainings conducted in the past.

A Cookbook for Tailor-Made Training Courses on Adaptation

Happy new year to all members and readers of! For all of you who are interested in education and training about adaptation, the “cookbook” for customising the training course on integrating climate change adaptation into development planning has been finished and is now available in English, with Spanish and French translations in the works.

“Tailor made training courses on climate change adaptation”, as it is called in full, explains in detail how the CCA integration training can be customised to address different needs in learning about adaptation. The cookbook covers all the basic course formats, including the training of trainers and multipliers, as well as new modules on monitoring and evaluation, which are currently being field-tested in South Africa and will be published later this month.

See also a method brief from India, where a customised climate change adaptation training has been conducted in 2013.

Adaptation Training

Training ‘Integrating Climate Change
Adaptation into Development Planning’ 

Climate change adaptation is a complex task. Stakeholders need to develop existing competencies or gain new qualifications in order to face the challenge effectively. To this end, training courses as a means of capacity development focus on individual practitioners and aim to strengthen their competencies and ensure effective adaptation as a prerequisite for sustainable development.

Based on the OECD Guidance ‘Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Cooperation’ and its Climate Proofing approach, GIZ has developed a training course that introduces practitioners to the topic of planning for climate change adaptation.

  • The training materials consist of 12 modules and are available in English, French and Spanish, and partly in German and Portuguese.
  • There are various standard training formats that suit specific needs of different target groups, e.g. trainings for practitioners, stand-alone formats for key topics, and trainings of trainers. A training cookbook, published by GIZ in 2013, gives guidance for trainers and commissioners on how to tailor a training course to their audience’s needs.
  • The training has been under implementation in more than 15 countries since 2011. Detailed reports from these experiences are available in the Exchange section. See also this factsheet for some examples as well as a Method Brief from India.

The original training course as well as the Climate Proofing approach have been developed by GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Subsequently, it has been revised and supplemented with financing from the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and its International Climate Protection Initiative (IKI).