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Climate change adaptation for water professionals at the post-graduate level

Using a participatory learning approach, this article in Environmental Education Research reports on the delivery and evaluation of a climate change and risk assessment tool to help manage water risks within the agricultural sector.

While there may still be political debates over the extent and attribution of climate change, water resource professionals and educators are acutely aware of the need for tools to assess and address climate risks. This article reports on the delivery and evaluation of such a tool with water- professionals doing postgraduate studies from a range of countries, from both highly developed to emerging economies.

The climate change and risk assessment tool is designed for collaborative use, particularly with farmers, to manage water risks within the agricultural sector. Our approach integrates the elements of theory and practice involving exercises that include quizzes, mind-mapping, group discussion, software, case studies and risk matrices.

Results show that the materials developed met the needs of the students from across five regions of the globe, allowing these students to incorporate their learning and adapt the package of materials for use in their home countries. Analysis of evaluations shows the value of sound learning materials and tools that demonstrate that funding to deliver training and policy support to accelerate education can pay dividends.

Read the full article: Identifying needs and enhancing learning about climate change adaptation for water professionals at the post-graduate level

Download the article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2014.979136

David Alan George, Poh-Ling Tan & Jeffrey Frank Clewett (2014): Identifying needs and enhancing learning about climate change adaptation for water professionals at the postgraduate level, Environmental Education Research, DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2014.979136

 

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