The contribution of sustainable land governance to local economic development in climate-induced regions

Country and LocationLagos, Nigeria
DatesNovember 25 – December 6, 2019
Application deadlineSeptember 25, 2019
Local partnersUniversity of Lagos, Department of Geography
CoordinatorsOre Fika, Charmae Nercua and Elena Marie Enseñado

This course is organised with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nuffic.

Target audience:

This course is intended for Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)/Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) alumni from Nigeria and neighbouring OKP 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 the prolonged development impact of the training.


Week 1:

1. Explain the trends, norms and policies that affect life on land, understand how these factors enable rapid land degradation, loss of arable/ forests and its impact on the livelihood and liveability of the vulnerable in the peri-urban.

2. Analyse the environmental, social and economic impacts of land-use planning and development on climate change resilience and adaptation strategies.

Week 2:

3. To identify land instruments to support climate change strategies and ensure sustainable life on land.

4. To develop fit-for-purpose, gender-sensitive, pro-poor policies actions and strategies to ensure equity.

5. To disseminate the knowledge acquired and strategies developed in a land seminar to 200 attendees.

Course Content:

The 2 weeks course will be divided into 4 modules. Each module focuses on key components that relate to land-use planning and development issues and solutions in peri-urban areas and the link to the effects of climate change and how this affects life on land focusing on the vulnerable (the poor, women, children, small scale farmers). Throughout the course, participants will be given assignments that will be developed and communicated in an online portfolio. Topics covered in each module include:

Week 1:

Module 1

  • Peri-urbanization- Understanding the social, environmental and economic trends, practices, developments
  • Understanding climate change in Africa
  • The social, economic & environmental impacts of climate change on land use and land development in the peri-urban areas (understanding the impacts on the vulnerable- which include women, the poor, small scale farmers)

Module 2

  • The relationship between climate vulnerability, adaptation and resilience strategies, land-use planning and land development
  • The role of sustainable land-use planning and land markets, land development strategies in equity
  • ClimAct Prio (a decision-making tool for identifying adaptation priorities and actions)

Week 2:

Module 3

  • Legal, economic and spatial land instruments to reduce the effects of climate change in the peri-urban on the vulnerable
  • Governance and community-led participation to create sustainable futures in the peri-urban
  • The role of women in sustainable land development, environmental protection, and preservation of agricultural land.

Module 4

  • Action planning workshop- developing policy interventions and recommendations for fit-for-purpose strategies and actions
  • Knowledge dissemination by participants in land seminar

Expected Output:

1. An action plan manual will be developed with participants. This serves as a guideline that supports participants in implementing the knowledge acquired during the course at different stages of work. The action plan will be shared with the participants’ employers.

2. A one-day seminar on “Life on Land” will be organized at the end of the refresher course to share strategies, action plans and instruments developed during the course to stakeholders such as local government, NGO’s, Community Based Organizations, Higher Learning Institutions. 

3. An online portfolio of strategies will be developed during and after the course. The portfolio will come from the assignments and tasks done by the participant during the 2 weeks refresher course. 

Language: All background and course materials will be delivered in English.

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.

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