Urban Management Tools for Climate Change

Enhancing urban climate resilience and low carbon development in the practice of urban management


3 weeks


11 June – 29 June 2018

Tuition fee

€ 2,750*



IHS application deadline

EU: 11 May 2018/non-EU: 11 April 2018**

Admissions information

Requirements and application procedure

NFP information

Procedure and deadlines


UN Habitat

Abbreviation code

UMTCC 2018

Course information


Course coordinator

Stelios Grafakos

Please note that for EU participants, the VAT of 21% will apply. The tuition fee stated above is excluding the VAT.
** If you require a visa, we advise you to apply at least one month before the IHS application deadline.

What will I learn?

How do we analyse low-carbon and climate resilient urban development options and how we strategically decide which ones to include in climate action plans? What opportunities and challenges do cities have in relation to mainstreaming climate change policies and actions into existing plans?

Cities play an essential role in adapting to climate change. They are increasingly expected to undertake actions to adapt to sea level rise, floods, droughts and other natural disasters exacerbated by climate change and climate variability. Mapping the most at risk areas of a city with relevant stakeholders is fundamental in understanding how to reduce a city’s vulnerability.

Participants will acquire knowledge and skills on how to perform vulnerability assessments of cities and will be introduced to specific tools and adaptation actions that deal with climate change and climate variability. 

How will I learn?

Urban Management Tools for Climate Change (UMTCC) shares extensive knowledge of climate change adaptation, resilience and low-carbon development through lectures, case studies, presentations, group discussions, simulation exercises and field visits. At the end of the course participants will analyse and evaluate detailed assessment reports of various case studies and will develop a local climate change action plan for a specific city.

Rotterdam is considered as one of the frontrunner cities with regard to climate adaptation and resilience to climate induced disasters. The course will look at the Rotterdam Climate Initiative and Rotterdam Climate Proof Programs and a range of innovative plans and actions such as ‘floating communities’ that aim to transform a polluting harbour city into a low carbon and climate proof city.

Am I suitable for this training course?

If you are a professional working or intend to work on urban climate change related issues then you are suitable for this course.
Please check our admission requirements to ensure you meet the minimum requirements for the course.


The course is offered in collaboration with the UN-Habitat.

CLIMACT Prio tool & Climate techwiki

The Climate Actions Prioritization (CLIMACT Prio) tool, developed by IHS, is a climate decision support and capacity building tool for the prioritisation and assessment of climate mitigation and/or adaptation actions at a local level. Climate Tech-Wiki offers detailed information on a broad set of mitigation and adaptation technologies and actions within the wider context of low emission and low vulnerability development. Participants will have the chance to use the CLIMACT Prio tool and Climate Tech-wiki database in combination with different material and case studies from the Cities in Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) programme of UN – Habitat.

How to apply

Interested in participating in this post-graduate diploma course? Make use of the IHS online application system. Find out more about the application procedure and admission requirements.


If you are still searching for a sponsor, have a look at our section on available funding opportunities.

If your question is related to the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP), please refer to this webpage before inquiring further.