How Spatial Planning Connects with Biodiversity and Climate Change? 

03 April 2018, Geneva, Swtzerland - Land-use planning frameworks have traditionally focused on developing settlements and related infrastructures with limited consideration of biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation and mitigation requirements. Spatial planning is underused in maximizing win-win solutions for human well-being and sustainability.

UNITAR and IUCN are pleased to announce a joint online course on " Integrated planning for climate change and biodiversity".  The course’s overall goal is to enhance the capacity of key stakeholders to optimize land-use planning to achieve compatible conservation and development results, including through the effective engagement of protected area systems.

This self-paced course promotes a dynamic learning approach through interactive lessons and multimedia contents. Participants will understand the nexus between biodiversity, climate change, and land-use plans; discover the rights and roles of different stakeholders in the planning and decision-making process, and consider ways to collaborate across national borders.

The course is organized into four modules: connecting land-use, climate change and biodiversity; inter-sectoral and inter-institutional collaboration; public participation in decision-making; and regional planning for harmonization and connectivity. It is free of charge and can be completed within 4 months after enrolment.  

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