Núcleo de Capacitación en Políticas Públicas

Addressing the climate change and poverty nexus

Modalidad: Self-paced course | Desde el 16-11-22 hasta el 31-12-24


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 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).

Please follow the registration link on this page to enrol.

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Course sheet:


Addressing the climate change and poverty nexus

Course type:

Self-paced course

Modality and methodology of the course:

This training course is based on self-learning. It is the trainees’ responsibility to acquire their own knowledge. The training course is organised in five topics that will be explored sequentially, i.e., only once a topic has been fully reviewed can you move on to the next one. During the training course, the participants will have the opportunity to review concepts, learn procedures and reinforce them, as well as apply criteria.

The methodology includes the systematic use of learning tools and self-assessment exercises for each unit that will facilitate the understanding of the contents. The study of the contents of the course requires a time commitment of about 20 hours, although this may vary depending on the references to be reviewed. One-hour sessions are recommended thrice a week.


Open for enrollment.

Target audience:

A range of state and non-state professionals working on fisheries, aquaculture, climate change and poverty to achieve resilience. 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.


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 fisheries
  • Lesson 2. Poverty and climate-poverty interactions
  • Lesson 3. Addressing the climate-poverty nexus
  • Lesson 4. Building adaptive capacity coherence and integrated approaches
  • Lesson 5. Building resilience: strengthening locally led adaptation and poverty-reduction

Passing the training course involves a final assessment at the end of the learning process. This assessment requires a pass rate of 70% and can be taken any number of times.

The grading of the evaluation will be according to the following percentage scale:

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

Once the participant has passed the training course, he/she will be able to automatically download the certificate awarded by FAO RLC from the platform hosting the course.

Remember to store your certificate safely, as it will not be possible to download it again once the training is over.

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.


Course code:



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.

Better to which it belongs:

BP2: Blue transformation,
BE1: Climate change mitigating and adapted agri food systems

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]