Núcleo de Capacitación en Políticas Públicas

Addressing the climate change and poverty nexus

Modalidad: Online, with tutors | Desde el 02-05-22 hasta el 30-06-22

We warmly welcome you to the course: Addressing the climate change and poverty nexus.

Climate variability and change is expected to worsen poverty and disproportionately impact already vulnerable groups and those facing inequality, notably women and Indigenous peoples. Coastal systems and SIDS are particularly prone to climate risks, and people who live and work in coastal communities often experience high levels of climate-related vulnerability associated with the combined effect of high levels of exposure and sensitivity to climate variability, sparse support infrastructure, and lack of adaptation options.

This course is intended to strengthen awareness, motivation, understanding and capacity among regional and national partners (IGOs, governments, NGOs, sectoral organizations) to implement climate and poverty reduction actions, with specific consideration of the fisheries sector, and in a more integrated, cohesive way, delivering co-benefits to the achievement of the Paris Agreement Targets and SDGs.

The course combines online content, webinars and live seminar sessions on broad conceptual frameworks and approaches for understanding and addressing climate-poverty interactions with more detailed training on specific tools such as climate-poverty vulnerability assessment and policy gap-analysis, and support for the development of action plans. The main content of the course is organized to be broadly applicable across different regions, with data and examples included in course activities that are specific to the Caribbean. It is intended that future iterations of the course can be adapted to suit the needs of different regional and sectoral audiences.

The course material has been developed as part of FAO Project Assist and enhance partner countries’ institutional capacities to make available, implement and monitor social protection programmes, including shock-responsive and gender-sensitive social protection for fishers and fish-workers (GCP /GLO/352/NOR BABY04), to support addressing the climate-poverty nexus in the Caribbean, in collaboration with the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) and the Global Institute for Climate-Smart and Resilient Development (GICSRD) of The University of the West Indies (UWI).

Course sheet:


Addressing the climate change and poverty nexus

Course type:

Online, with tutors

Modality and methodology of the course:

The course will be delivered fully online, combining self-paced instruction and live interactive sessions with tutors and resource persons. This includes: five e-learning units each with a duration of one week and requiring an estimated 10 hours of focused, guided learning; an online discussion forum; live seminar and webinar activities for interaction; small assignments to reinforce learning; and a project proposal for using the knowledge gained.

This course has online technical support and accompaniment from the FAO Training Nucleus team that will provide assistance throughout. FAO and UWI will collaboratively provide the assistance and guidance on the course content.

It is essential that participants have weekly time to develop learning activities and participate in the virtual forum and live interactive activities. Two weeks are available after the units for reflection and development of the final project.


2 May 2022 to 30 June 2022

Target audience:

A range of state and non-state professionals working on fisheries, aquaculture, climate change and poverty to achieve resilience in the Caribbean. They play roles in reducing poverty, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and resource management to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Those involved in projects, plans and programmes from formulation to evaluation at any level of governance are especially encouraged to participate. This includes policy-makers and advisers, planners, administrators, technical officers, researchers, private sector practitioners, members of civil society and community-based organizations. Women, young people and persons associated with vulnerable groups will find the course useful.


Course capacity is 60 participants

Application / registration:

This course is by invitation, those who are invited will be sent the instructions by email to apply for the course.


This course provides an introduction to climate-poverty interactions and entry points for addressing them. The course aims to improve knowledge and capacities for more integrated, multi-sectoral approaches, so that policies, investments, and programmes have a greater impact on rural poverty reduction and climate change adaptation/mitigation and the interactions between the two.

Main goal:

The overarching purpose of the course is to increase awareness and understanding of how climate change and poverty interact as well to improve approaches to addressing them by:

  • Introducing a set of useful tools [for addressing climate change and poverty] using more integrated, multi-sectoral approaches
  • Building capacity among policy-makers, implementing agencies and others working with coastal communities, fisheries and aquaculture

The course contributes to building national capacity to support national and local initiatives that contribute to reducing the exposure and vulnerability and enhancing the resilience of the poor and vulnerable in coastal communities and the fisheries sector to climate change and natural disasters.

Expected learning outcomes:

Conceptual knowledge and awareness

  • Improved awareness of interactions of poverty and climate change, as well as policy/programs designed to address them
  • Improved understanding of concepts related to rural poverty and inequality (including poverty measures and analysis, poverty dynamics, and vulnerability to poverty) in the context of climate change and climate-related vulnerability
  • Improved awareness and understanding of linkages and interactions between climate change, poverty and inequality, and the policies and programs designed to address them

Policy analysis skills (climate-poverty lens)

  • Knowledge of key elements to support improved identification and analysis of climate-poverty linkages
  • Climate-poverty vulnerability assessment
  • Identification of policies, programs and practices in recognizing and responding to climate-poverty interactions
  • Improved capacity to identify gaps, opportunities and priorities for policy adjustments and/or new policy/programs to address climate-poverty nexus

Applied knowledge/tools

  • Improved capacity to apply a climate-poverty nexus lens in writing project proposals, new policy or review/change to existing policy (mainstreaming climate-poverty)

Organizational attitudes

  • Increased readiness/motivation among participants and participant organizations to take steps to improve the ways in which the climate-poverty nexus is recognized and addressed
Lesson 1. Climate change, coastal communities, and small-scale fisheries110 hrs.May 9May 15
Contents Duration (weeks) Workload Start Finish
First Steps and Introduction 1 2 hrs. May 2 May 8
Introductory webinar (90 min.)   May 4 from 7pm - 8pm Eastern Caribbean | 6pm to 7pm Jamaica | 5pm to 6pm Belize
Thinking Thursday (60 min.)   May 12 from 7pm - 8pm Eastern Caribbean | 6pm to 7pm Jamaica | 5pm to 6pm Belize
Lesson 1 Assessment Due: May 17
Lesson 2. Poverty and climate-poverty interactions 1 10 hrs. May 16 May 22
Thinking Thursday (60 min.)   May 19 from 7pm - 8pm Eastern Caribbean | 6pm to 7pm Jamaica | 5pm to 6pm Belize
Lesson 2 Assessment Due: May 24
Lesson 3. Addressing the climate-poverty nexus 1 10 hrs. May 23 May 29
Intermediate webinar (90 min.)   May 25 from 7pm - 8pm Eastern Caribbean | 6pm to 7pm Jamaica | 5pm to 6pm Belize
Thinking Thursday (60 min.) OPTIONAL May 26 from 7pm - 8pm Eastern Caribbean | 6pm to 7pm Jamaica | 5pm to 6pm Belize
Lesson 3 Assessment Due: May 31
Lesson 4. Building adaptive capacity coherence and integrated approaches 1 10 hrs. May 30 June 5
Thinking Thursday (60 min.)   June 02 from 7pm - 8pm Eastern Caribbean | 6pm to 7pm Jamaica | 5pm to 6pm Belize
Lesson 4 Assessment Due: June 7
Lesson 5. Building resilience: strengthening locally led adaptation and poverty-reduction 1 10 hrs. June 6 June 12
Thinking Thursday (60 min.) June 09 from 7pm - 8pm Eastern Caribbean | 6pm to 7pm Jamaica | 5pm to 6pm Belize
Final project (final work presentation) 1 10 hrs. June 13 Due: June 19
Wrap-up webinar (60 min.)   Jun 15 from 7pm - 8pm Eastern Caribbean | 6pm to 7pm Jamaica | 5pm to 6pm Belize
Final project (tutor feedback) 1 3 hrs. June 20 June 26
Final evaluation (date when final grades issued and certificates awarded) June 27 June 30
Total workload 8 65 hrs. May 2 June 30

Evaluation will be based on successful completion of the 5 online learning units, participation in 4 weekly course activities (one each for units 1 to 4) and submission of a final project (following completion of Unit 5).

Weekly activities (this may include quizzes, short questions, or similar) are designed to support the students and tutors in confirming learning and identifying areas that need strengthening, in addition to co-developing and working towards completion of the final project.

Approval Requirements:

Activities, the final project, and participation will be graded using a rubric available as guidance to both students and tutors. Each of the four activities will be worth 15 points of the final grade, with 30 points for the final project and 10 points for overall course participation:

  • Activity 1. 15 points
  • Activity 2. 15 points
  • Activity 3. 15 points
  • Activity 4. 15 points
  • Final Project. 30 points
  • Overall course participation. 10 points

Certificates of achievement will be awarded to students who participate to successfully complete course activities and the final project with a passing score or above, using the following scale:

  • Outstanding: 90 to 100 points
  • Remarkable: 80 to 89 points
  • Approved: 60 to 79 points
  • Failed: 0 to 59 points
Hardware requirements:

For the correct completion of the course, the participant must have the following minimum technical specifications:

  • PC with internet connection.
  • The quality and speed of browsing and downloading documents will depend exclusively on the connection bandwidth.
  • RAM memory greater than 1GB.
  • Free hard disk space, greater than: 500 MB.
  • 600 MHz processor or higher.
Software requirements:
  • Latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Opera web browser, with JavaScript enabled.
  • Screen resolution of at least 1024x768 pixels (width by height).
  • PDF document reader.
Additional requirements:
  • Knowledge of office automation (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), fluent handling of e-mail and Internet browsing.
  • Availability of at least 8 to 10 hours a week for reading and carrying out activities. The course schedule is at the participant's choice. You can enter the classroom at any time you want. You should only consider entering, at least three times a week for readings and activities.


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Once the course is approved, participants will be able to download the FAO-UWI Certificate of Achievement on the platform where the course is.

Please remember to save your certificate, as it will not be available for download again once the course has closed.

FAO Regional Initiative with which it articulates:

IR3 (Sustainable use of natural resources, adaptation to climate change and disaster risk management)

Cluster to which the course is integrated:

12 (Blue Growth), 14 (Climate and environmental financing and governance)

Responsible officer:

Daniela Kalikoski, Fishery Industry Officer (NFIFL), FAO Rome


For additional inquiries, please contact [email protected]