Environment and climate change in International Cooperation
• Starting date: April 12th 2021
• Registration deadline: April 11th 2021 (early booking by March 28th 2021)
• 16 weeks course: video live streaming lectures - workshops - exercises, working groups, participatory learning process, high interaction with the teacher, final international workshop (open).
• Conclusion: July 30th 2021
• Final certificate: Diploma of specialization in “Environment and Climate Change in International Cooperation – Expert in Environmental Mainstreaming Techniques"
In 2021, more than ever, VIS School of Advanced Training keeps proposing its online courses specifically focused on the theme Environment, Climate Change and International Cooperation.
Two web talks on specific topics and two courses have been activated this year, dealing with such a theme:
- a basic course starting on February 1st, for Italian-speaking trainees, as first approach but yet well-structured and suitable to provide a theoretical and practical path to begin a serious engagement in this field;
- an advanced course starting on April 12th for global trainees, more specializing, devoted to trainees who already have good knowledge and experience in Environment/CC or in International Cooperation but not yet in their cross-cutting combination or want to upgrade their professional profile.
WHY STUDYING AND UPDATING IN ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS?
There is a growing attention to environment and climate change both by public opinion and by economic, social and political actors, public and private. Even for international cooperation, environmental issues and problems have become a priority, as well as their concrete solution.
Such attention certainly derives from the sharpening of the negative impacts by human action on all environmental aspects, on ecosystem services, until yesterday taken for granted by the majority. But it also descends from a growth of awareness and culture in such matter, which is no longer reserved to technical experts or activists motivated by poetic ideals on nature conservation. The Report published by IPCC in October 2018 and the release of GEO6 in 2019 both confirm the seriousness of the planetary situation. And the global risks liaised to neglected WASH policies in many countries, especially during the long-lasting Covid-19 emergency, are under everybody’s eyes. Not by casualty, according to the WEF Global Risks Report 2021 the top 3 risks by likelihood are environmental: traditionally (top 5 in 2020, top 3 in 2019).
The global environmental crisis, which has now become evident even in the most skeptical consciences, represents a primary challenge, both geopolitical and economic, no longer merely ecological. It is no coincidence that the new global security horizon is becoming increasingly clear in the environmental dimension and cannot anymore be managed only with military instruments and mentalities. The same high incidence of environmental factors can be found in migratory problems, where more and more scholars but also practitioners of cooperation deal with working on the links between environmental degradation and climate change on the one hand and migratory movements, also linked to conflicts, on the other.
As a matter of fact, there is a two-way causal chain between environmental degradation and poverty, as well as between human well-being and the quality of the environment. To reverse this vicious circle, it is necessary to insert specific attention to environmental profiles and impacts, in a transversal and widespread manner, in all policies and measures to combat poverty and to promote development, not just those with specific environmental focus. For example, including such attention and enhancement of environment also in projects concerning health, education or production sectors and not only in those traditionally environmental, such as the care of protected areas or the protection of endangered species.
This learning path wants to offer a serious way, even moderately demanding but within everyone's reach, to understand how international cooperation can include in all its initiatives, in a transversal and inter-sectoral way, the environmental protection and the opportunities offered by the environment.
Indeed, environmental protection is no longer just a scientific issue but also political. Therefore, environmental sustainability is not a goal for specialists and professionals only: it concerns everyone and can be really achieved only if the care for the environment spreads in every place, in each individual, in every daily gesture and choice. The growing transversal engagement in this sense by national Development Cooperation Agencies and even by CSOs demonstrates the new way for an Ecofriendly International Cooperation: the Environmental Mainstreaming Approach (EMA), respecting the transversal nature of environmental themes, promoting the integration of environment in all its sectorial initiatives, as means to achieve the goal of sustainable development. Moreover, the very contents of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are all set up with a clear approach of EMA, as we’ll explain in detail throughout the course.
The growing importance of environment and climate change issues imply important job opportunities. The demand for environmental sustainability is growing all over the world and therefore the demand for people capable to integrate environment into planning. But to seize this opportunity everybody needs first to understand whether and to what extent he/she is really willing to redefine our professional skills and experiences. Practitioners need a solid training in Environmental Mainstreaming Techniques. Therefore, we all need a path of discernment, passing from the mere poetry of nature to basic but solid environmental competences, in order to face a subsequent path of specialization.
TEACHER and PERSONAL TUTOR: Massimo Zortea
Environmental lawyer, expert in international environmental cooperation. Professor at University of Trento (Italy) where he holds the courses Methods of Development Cooperation and Participatory Management of Projects as well as Project Cycle Management with Environmental Mainstreaming. He collaborates with several other Universities and with a variety of environmental training organisations. Member of UNESCO Chair in Engineering for Human and Sustainable Development’s Scientific Committee at the same University. Founder of GREEN VIS, a working group focused on Environmental Mainstreaming in international cooperation. Scientific Coordinator of AFA School (Advanced Training in Agrifood matters). Included in some expert rosters (UNSCC, IDLO, FELCOS Umbria). Engaged for some 30 years in CSOs and non-profit sector. Former President of VIS Rome. Author of books, articles and papers. Among his volumes: Environmental Mainstreaming in Development Projects (FrancoAngeli 2013), El mainstreaming ambiental en los proyectos de cooperación internacional y desarrollo (Universidad Iberoamericana - Instituto Mora 2016), Requalifying decomissioned quarries in Italy (Wolters Kluwer Italy, 2019, in editorial series “Requalifying: environment and circular economy”, in which he’s supervisor with P. Felice); Requalifying agrifood supply chains (Wolters Kluwer Italy 2020).
The advanced course offers a learning programme that allows an in-depth knowledge about international cooperation in environmental matters and about the ways for taking care of environment, especially in project approach, with the typical Environmental Mainstreaming Approach (EMA). It provides all trainees with a wide range of theoretical and practical contents, materials and suggestions, with the support of exercises and case studies on the Environmental Mainstreaming Techniques.
It is addressed to all those who have advanced skills or experience in international cooperation but not in environmental issues or viceversa are experts in the environment but not in cooperation. In particular:
• professional and voluntary operators of international cooperation;
• development project designers and project cycle managers;
• aspiring international volunteers and expatriate cooperators;
• journalists, communication experts, information sector operators;
• university students and graduates wishing to specialize;
• teachers of all school groups and development educators;
• development cooperation officers in national or local authorities.
Registration fee is € 290,00 for those who enroll by April 11th 2021.
Early birds registration fee (by March 28th 2021) is € 265,00.
Students who have previously attended a VIS paid training courses are entitled to a 20% discount from the full registration fee. To receive the reduction coupon, please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fee includes: lectures, workshops, exercises, access to all recordings, lesson and workshop slides, study and consultation materials, tutoring, access to all materials and interviews realized and / or provided during the final workshop.
The course is structured in weekly events in virtual classroom (usually on Tuesdays, exceptionally on Fridays) and home-based activities. More precisely, there are 14 weeks of e-learning activities, (7 lectures, interspersed with in-depth workshops and practical exercises on case studies) ending with the traditional international workshop. (this time full-online).
In detail, the planned ROADMAP is the following:
START: April 12, 2021- END: July 30, 2021
WEEK 1 – April 12-18, 2021
Tuesday 13.04.2021, 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
INTRODUCTION: ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN WELL-BEING (NEW HORIZONS FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT)
WEEK 2 – April 19-25, 2021
Tuesday 20.04.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
ENVIRONMENTAL MAINSTREAMING TECHNIQUES IN WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT
WEEK 3 – April 26- May 2, 2021
Tuesday 27.04.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
ENVIRONMENT AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATIONT
WEEK 4 – May 3-9, 2021
Tuesday 04.05.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
WEEK 5 – May 10-16, 2021
Tuesday 11.05.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRATION: THEORY AND PRACTICES IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT
WEEK 6 – May 17-23, 2021
Tuesday 18.05.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
ENVIRONMENTAL MAINSTREAMING TECHNIQUES IN MARINE LITTER MANAGEMENT
WEEK 7 – May 24-30, 2021
Tuesday 25.05.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
APPLYING ENVIRONMENTAL MAINSTREAMING (1): IN STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL SETTING OF THE INTERVENTIONS
WEEK 8 – May 31- June 6, 2021
Tuesday 01.06.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
WEEK 9 – June 7-13, 2021
Tuesday 08.06.2021– 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
APPLYING ENVIRONMENTAL MAINSTREAMING (2): IN FINANCIAL PROFILES (BUDGET AND ACCOUNT) OF INTERVENTIONS
WEEK 10 – June 14-20, 2021
Tuesday 15.06.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
ENVIRONMENTAL MAINSTREAMING TECHNIQUES IN CLIMATE CHANGE AND FINANCE
WEEK 11 – June 21-27, 2021
Tuesday 22.06.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
APPLYING ENVIRONMENTAL MAINSTREAMING (3): IN IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF INTERVENTIONS (PCM, MONITORING EVALUATION)
WEEK 12 – June 28-July 4, 2021
Tuesday 29.06.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
WEEK 13 – July 5-11, 2021
Tuesday 06.07.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
CONCRETE APPLICATIONS: MOVING FROM THE ANALYSIS TO THE ACTION WITH A PRECISE ROADMAP
WEEK 14 – July 12-18, 2021
Tuesday 13.07.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
ENVIRONMENTAL MAINSTREAMING TECHNIQUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICTS
WEEK 15 – July 19-25, 2021
Tuesday 20.07.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
WEEK 16 – July 26-30, 2021
Tuesday 27.07.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
TASK FORCE IN SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
Friday 30.07.2021 – 7:00-8:00 PM CEST
INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP "ENVIRONMENT AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION” (VI EDITION)
At the end of the course, each trainee is awarded with a Diploma of specialization in “Environment and Climate Chang in International Cooperation – Expert in Environmental Mainstreaming Techniques", attesting the successful participation in the course and successfully overcoming the required tests.
Applications can be submitted online through the following LINK
Registrations will be accepted until the day specified in this announcement and in any case until all available places are available (maximum 25 participants). The course will be activated with a minimum of 12 participants.
After submission, you will receive an email containing your credentials to access the e-learning platform.
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