MasterClasses


The next generation of adaptation research: How ECRs can engage with the IPCC
led by Chandni Singh, IIHS

This MasterClass has been designed for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and practitioners who work on climate change vulnerability and adaptation to understand how they can contribute to the IPCC and address key knowledge gaps in adaptation research.

The MasterClass will summarize latest adaptation research as well as articulate critical gaps in current knowledge drawing on the IPCC Special Report on 1.5C, enabling next generation of adaptation researchers to target their efforts towards filling knowledge gaps and furthering adaptation science. It will also provide the participants a road map on how to engage with the IPCC and routes to becoming an IPCC author, as well as how to and contribute to science-policy interfaces globally and nationally.


How to develop a GCF adaptation proposal?
led by Jennifer Steeves, Acclimatise Group

This MasterClass has been designed as a high-level practical session on how to develop a GCF adaptation proposal: from the main GCF requirements and considerations to bear in mind to the proposal template’s structure.

It aims to present an overview of how to prepare a strong GCF adaptation proposal, both in terms of content and form. This entails delving into the GCF project submission process, its project/proposal preparation requirements, as well as the overall adaptation rationale. As such, the class aims to be both theoretical and practical, by providing the participants with the opportunity to review sections of approved proposals and discuss them with the trainer.


Viewing Adaptation through a Complex Systems Perspective
led by Mihir Mathur & Kabir Sharma, DESTA Research LLP

This MasterClass has been designed to sensitize participants on Systems Thinking and Complexity and to view Adaptation as a complex-systems characteristic.

The MasterClass would use systems thinking and complexity theory to throw some light on the above questions and many more which would come up during this interactive session. The discourse would be rooted in theory and applications of complexity methods, and the workshop will take place in an interactive format.


Climate Change and Governance- ‘Serious’ games as tools for taking climate-smart decisions
led by Aditi Kapoor, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

This MasterClass offers an understanding of the Integrated Risk Management (IRM) approach which combines interactive games and tools to
(a) identify disaster, climate and ecological risks;
(b) address these through governance institutions, local development plans and national programmes.
The class will offer an orientation to the IRM approach and two interactive games as a sample of what the approach and the methodology entails. It will enable participants to access online IRM tools and games and begin learning how to apply IRM tools to their work on resilience building, adaptation and governance.


Role of universities in capacity building to address climate change
led by Prof. Saleemul Huq, Prof. Mizan R Khan & Dr. Feisal Rahman, ICCCAD

This Master class is designed for graduate students and participants to understand the role of universities in developing countries for sustainable capacity building (CB) to address climate change. The goal of the class will be to explicate why past efforts in CB by many different agencies, both bilateral and multilateral including the UNFCCC constituted bodies and funds, have been ineffective and insufficient, while universities provide the most sustainable institutions with inter-and-multidisciplinary expertise.


Mobilising Private Sector Finance for Climate Change Adaptation
led by Anirban Chatterjee, RTI Global India and Kirtiman Awasthi, GIZ

This masterclass aims to provide guidance in requisite tools and methodologies required for developing bankable adaptation projects along with information on alternate funding sources and investment models available to the private sector to mobilise funds for climate change adaptation. The masterclass has been structured according to the three-stage approach generally followed in the development process of any climate change adaptation project viz. designing a climate change adaptation project, securing project funding, and project implementation.


Youth-led Adaptation - New interactive tools to support local action, worldwide
led by Brigitte Rudram, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

This MasterClass offers an interactive showcase of two new tools used to inspire and support youth-led action across the world; the ‘Climate Training Kit – Youth Unit!’ and the ‘Y-Adapt’ engagement curriculum. It will include an insight into the iterative design processes and long-term vision, a taster of the games-based methodologies, and an opportunity for participants to explore application of the tools to their own work, research or communities at home.

The MasterClass has been designed to facilitate experiencing a taster of the interactive methodologies used to inspire action and to highlight the CTK Youth Unit as an accessible, ready to use, resource. It aims to discuss Y-Adapt as a long-term programmatic approach to support youth-led adaptation and hear the perspectives from RCRC youth already using the resources via video-link. The MasterClass further aims to explore application of these tools to participants own work, communities and interests.


May your futures be bright: Co-creating adaptation pathways when seeking climate-resilient development
led by Saskia Werners, UNU-EHS & Wageningen University; Lisa Schipper, Oxford University Centre for the Environment; James Butler and Russell Wise, CSIRO Land & Water

This Master class is designed for graduate students and participants to understand the role of in developing countries to address climate change. The session shall attempt to lay down a framework for sustainable capacity building system to address climate change including the implementation of the NDCs.


Capacity building for implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
led by Prof. Saleemul Huq, Prof. Mizan R Khan & Dr. Feisal Rahman, ICCCAD

This Master class is designed for graduate students and participants to understand the role of in developing countries to address climate change. The session shall attempt to lay down a framework for sustainable capacity building system to address climate change including the implementation of the NDCs.


“Do No Harm”: Principles for Designing Adaptation Projects that Safeguard Communities and the Environment
led by Saliha Dobardzic, Cristina Dengel and Alyssa Gomes, Adaptation Fund

This Masterclass will provide an overview and engage in a discussion of the requirements of a high-quality project proposal and will be taught by experienced technical reviewers. It will focus on an overview of the Adaptation Fund’s environmental and social safeguard policies to enhance sustainable development benefits and avoid unnecessary harm to the environment and communities. The Masterclass will include an overview of the strong forward-thinking and continuously evolving gender policy of the Adaptation Fund.

The students will be directed to take a free online course on environmental and social safeguards of the Adaptation Fund, as preparatory work prior to attending the Masterclass. This class is targeted towards early-career development and environmental practitioners, academics, and community activists.


Deal with Heat: Assessment of Heat Stress
led by by Cor Jacobs, Wageningen University and Research (WUR), Netherlands; Suruchi Bhadwal, Prasoon Singh and Neha Bharti, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India; and Dipak Zade, Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR), India

This masterclass aims to increase awareness and improve assessments of the danger of human exposure to heat. Participants will be confronted with various methods to assess human exposure to heat and possible conditions of human heat stress, for different purposes and in different settings (such as urban, rural and industrial clusters). Enhanced insight into human exposure to heat will assist the design of tailored heat warning systems and responses.


Adapting to Climate Change in Rural India: #Write4Climate
led by Dinesh C Sharma and Somya Bhatt, GIZ

This masterclass has been designed to help the participants to communicate different dimensions of climate change. The emphasis of the masterclass will be on reporting the adaptation aspects which directly deals with the impacts of climate change on communities and their livelihoods.

This master class aims to present an overview of how to report climate change, both in terms of content and form. As such, the class aims to be both theoretical and practical, by providing the participants with the opportunity to review sections of approved proposals and discuss them with the trainer.