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. It is underused in maximizing win-win solutions for human well-being and sustainability under the threat of global climate change. Awareness and knowledge of land-use planning as a tool for biodiversity and climate resilience are to be raised and strengthened among relevant actors at various levels.
The overall goal of this course is to increase the capacity of key stakeholders to optimize planning to support biodiversity and climate change adaptation objectives, including through the effective engagement of protected area systems.
Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:
- Identify the interaction of climate change and biodiversity with land-use plans;
- Explain the role played by protected areas and village planning;
- Explain policies and laws across sectors and identify relevant stakeholders across institutions;
- Identify their position in the planning and decision-making process;
- Identify the different layers of governance involved in planning across village, district, regional and national levels;
- Identify ways to collaborate across national borders.
The course is divided into four modules:
Module 1: “Connecting land-use, climate change and biodiversity” covering:
- the integration of climate change and biodiversity in land-use plans;
- principles and concepts of land-use planning for incorporating biodiversity and climate change into spatial development plans;
- the role played by protected areas in village planning.
Module 2: “Inter-sectoral and inter-institutional collaboration” covering:
- laws and policies concerning integrated land use planning across sectors
- relevant stakeholders in integrated land use planning
Module 3: “Public participation in decision-making” covering:
- the positioning in the planning and decision making process, distinguish the different types of participants
- how stakeholders can engage in planning and decision-making process.
Module 4: “Regional planning for harmonization and connectivity”
This self-paced course promotes an interactive approach through lessons and multimedia material, stimulating critical thinking. It provides flexibility, since you will be able to complete the course at your own pace and time. Contents and activities are practice-oriented and under a self-learning approach. Participants will also learn through practical example, assignments, and scenarios.
Government officials, representatives of international organizations and NGO, protected areas staff, academics and private sector professionals with an interest in development, climate change, and nature conservation.
The course applicants are accepted through a selection process. Those selected will be informed and will then receive the credentials to access the course once it is launched.
Participants who successfully meet the minimum passing requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion jointly delivered by UNITAR and IUCN.
The course is fully delivered through UNITAR’s Virtual Learning Environment. Participants need to have access to a reliable internet connection throughout its duration.