Making Andean Cities Greener in time of Climate Change

Strategies to reduce water, energy and transport sectors impacts and vulnerabilities caused by water extremes

Country and locationLa Paz, Bolivia
DatesJune 3-15, 2019
Application deadlineApril 3rd, 2019
Local partnersUniversidad Mayor de San Andres - Postgrado en Ciencias del Desarrollo
CoordinatorsOgenis Brilhante and Julia Skinner

Target audience:

This course is intended for Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/Netherlands Fellowshop Programme (NFP) alumni from Bolivia and neighboring OKP/NFP countries. Alumni are allowed to invite colleagues, if well motivated and to a limited extent. This course is aimed at alumni whose current practice is related to the theme of the course. Female participation is strongly encouraged. The participants will be chosen based on their relevant professional backgrounds, strong motivation and high potential of prolonged development impact of the training.

Objectives:

By the end of the course participants should be able to:

Enhance, understand, analyse and assess vulnerabilities and impacts caused by water-extremes on the functioning of the three sectors and to propose strategies and green actions to help two selected cities (one in Bolivia, one in Peru but applicable to other cities in the Andes region) cope with water-extremes in CC events.

  • Sub-objective 1: To identify and assess impacts caused by water extremes
  • Sub-objective 2: To identify, describe and prioritize the main vulnerabilities of these 3 sectors.
  • Sub-objective 3: To apply green city tools and develop a green city action plan using the new methodology developed by IHS to define strategies and green actions to reduce identified vulnerabilities.

Course Content:

IHS will implement the course in three modules. Each module will have inputs (real data collected by the participants) and outputs, produced by the participants, that will be used as entry points for the next module; the last module will combine them and use the tools learnt to develop strategies and prepare the action plan proposing green actions to reduce the impact and vulnerabilities of the related sectors to water extremes. Two cities (one in Bolivia and one in Peru) will be chosen, with the local co-partner, to implement this exercise.

Module 1: impact of extreme water events on the functioning of the three sectors. Topics: overview of climate and extreme water hazards, focusing on floods, droughts and landslides; introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Hyogo Framework for Action applied to the region; overview of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and its links to sustainable development; organization and functioning of the three sectors; introduction to “vulnerability". The module will also introduce the newly developed IHS green city conceptual framework to discuss how it can be used to address CC and other environmental problems such as air and water pollution. The module will use real data and will end with a group exercise to identify the main impacts caused by the local water extremes hazards in the two selected cities.

Module 2: vulnerability assessment of the three sectors with regard to the impact of extreme water events Topics: expanding the concept of Vulnerability' with the vulnerability diagram (who is vulnerable to what and to what extent); understanding the interaction between hazards, vulnerability, capacity and disaster risk; community based and livelihood adaptation; gender and adaptation to water extremes (examples and case studies); group exercise: identification of the main vulnerabilities to water extremes.

Module 3 (practical): strategies and green actions to reduce water vulnerabilities. Topics: the IHS green city action plan methodology will be introduced and a short version of this action plan adapted to the course to be used and guide the final group work exercise.

Expected Output:

Module 1: Impact of water extremes events on the functioning of water, energy and transport sectors Output: will be a list and characterization of main extreme water hazards occurring in these two cities with the identification of their impact on the functioning of the related sectors.

Module 2: Vulnerability assessment of water, energy and transport sectors with regard to the impact caused by extreme water events Output: will be a list and characterization of main vulnerabilities of the three sectors related to the impact caused by extreme water events.

Module 3 (practical): Strategies and green actions to reduce vulnerabilities in the three studied sectors to water extremes events. The IHS green city action plan methodology will be used to guide the final group work exercise. The final output will be the strategies and the action plan with green actions to reduce the water extreme vulnerabilities of the three sectors and proposals to strengthen cooperation in the topic of this course among the cities involved in the training. Participants will be able to apply this action plan in their profession.

LanguageAll background and course materials will be delivered in Spanish.

Admission requirements: A filled-out online application and a motivation statement expressing how the course will contribute to one’s professional development, and when applicable the link of past and/or current professional experience and academic research in one or more of the main themes of the course.