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COURSE 2012: Understanding and Adapting to Climate Change in Mountain Areas



Since 2008 the IPROMO programme is contributing to enhance knowledge on mountain conservation and development issues, with a specific focus on climate and global changes, encouraging cross-regional cooperation among high level technicians and decision makers involved in promoting sustainable mountain development in their own regions.
The fifth edition of the IPROMO Course “Understanding and Adapting to Climate Change in Mountain Areas” will be linked to the Strategic Initiative on Mountains and Climate Change (SIMCC)  which is a joint initiative of the World Bank, FAO, ICIMOD and UNEP in the context of the Mountain Partnership. This Strategic Initiative, recognizing that mountain regions are among the poorest and most underdeveloped areas in the world, aims at:

Enhancing awareness about climate change impacts and development challenges in mountain regions at the international/regional levels and about the related international processes.  
Promoting capacity building for politicians, scientists, and practitioners as regards to climate change adaptation in mountains and negotiations in international fora.



The Course will be held in Ormea (Piedmont - Western Italian Alps) and will involve around 30 participants from all over the world targeting specifically members of the national delegations to UNFCCC; the participants will learn about climate change effects, vulnerability and carbon emission negotiations, and their implications for mountain regions. The course will also focus on enhancing the  negotiation skills of participants.
The main themes  treated in the Course will be:

General scientific background on climate change with focus on mountain regions;
Mountain regions and the post Rio+20 world: opportunities, benefits, and communication strategies in the face of sustainable development;
UNFCCC negotiations and the Nairobi Work Programme on impact, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change;
Strengthening the mountain positions in the framework of UNFCCC and building on the results of the three SIMCC regional workshops;
Social and economic implications of climate change in mountains;
Role of mountain regions in negotiations and the global agenda.


Structure and Venue

The activities will start on the 8th of July with a welcome and overview of the Course   and end on the 17th of July with a closing ceremony; the course will include lectures, seminars, group work and a field trip. The lecturers will be experts from the UN system, universities, international organizations and NGOs. 
As in previous years, the activities will be organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat at FAO and the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Turin, with the financial support of the World Bank, local institutions (in particular the “Comune di Ormea”) and international organizations. 
Click here for the provisional schedule of the course.

Basic information


Scientific Director: Prof. Ermanno Zanini - DI.VA.P.R.A. Faculty of Agriculture - University of Torino, Italy. 
Mountain Partnership Secretariat: Rosalaura Romeo, FAO, Rome. 
Official language of the course: English

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