Training Course “Valuing the benefits, costs and impacts of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) measures”

The objective of the training is to build awareness and knowhow about why, how and in which contexts EbA assessment and valuation can be used to strengthen climate adaptation planning and implementation in different decision-making contexts.

Using a mixture of interactive lectures, open discussions, groupwork, case studies and real-world examples,the envisaged learning outcomes are that, by the end of the module, participants:

  • Will be able to identify why, when and how valuation studies can be useful for particular purposes and decision-making contexts;
  • Will have become familiar with (but not necessarily able to apply) a range of socio-economic assessment and valuation methods;
  • Will have shared various tools and approaches for enhancing the strategic impact of valuation studies on real-world decision-making; and
  • Will be better-equipped to oversee processes to design, commission, manage and use the results of EbA valuation studies.

Content:

The valuation training is designed as an add-on module to the GIZ course “Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) to Climate Change into Development Planning”, Its duration is approximately 2.5 days, although the content be shortened or lengthened as needed (for example a field trip and/or additional groupwork can be incorporated, and one or two ‘cornerstone’ lectures can be extracted as summaries).

The course is divided into three components, seven lectures and five case study/groupwork sessions.

  • Identifying needs, opportunities & frameworks for EbA valuation goes over the basics of valuation (key terms, concepts and categories) and focuses on defining the purpose of valuation studies (why and when to value EbA benefits, costs and impacts) and;
  • Choosing valuation methods addresses key issues, approaches and methods for valuing EbA biophysical effects, risk exposure and vulnerability, economic costs and benefits, livelihood and wellbeing impacts, social and institutional outcomes;
  • Delivering decision-support looks at tools and approaches that can be used to enhance the strategic impact of valuation, and leverage decision change. It also works with participants to identify how valuation can be taken forward in the context of their own work.

The training is available upon demand in English and Spanish.