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Adaptation to climate change

From Resilience to Adaptation has been produced by university of the Gambia.All course manuals produced by university of the Gambiaare structured in the same way, as outlined below.

The course overview

The course overview gives you a general introduction to the course. Information contained in the course overview will help you determine:

§If the course is suitable for you.

§What you will already need to know.

§What you can expect from the course.

§How much time you will need to invest to complete the course.

The overview also provides guidance on:

§Study skills.

§Where to get help.

§Course assignments and assessments.

§Activity icons.


The course content

The course is broken down into units. Each unit comprises:

§An introduction to the unit content.

§Unit outcomes.

§New terminology.

§Core content of the unit with a variety of learning activities.

§A unit summary.

Assignments and/or assessments, as applicable

well come to Adaptation to Climate Change

Climate change adaptation is an opportunity for social reform, for the questioning of values that derive inequalities in the development and our unsustainable relationship with the environment. But this outcome is by no means certain and growing evidence suggests that too often adaptation is imagined as non political, technological domain and enacted in the defensive rather than a progressive spirit.


This course intended for students with background in Environmental Science.

course outcome

§Explain the adaptation strategies to climate change

§Identify the relationship between adaptation and resilience.

§Analyse and state the importance of resilience in climate change mitigation.

§Identify and explain the role of IPCC and UNFCC in addressing climate change issues.

§Developed and write the protection of environment in climate change mitigation.

§Develop and state resilience strategies to climate change.

§Define various steps to adaptation strategies.

An expected learning period of one month for the course. It can also be extended due to unforeseen circumstances

 Formal studying  of three weeks

One week of self-studying

study skills

As an adult learner your approach to learning will be different to that from your school days: you will choose what you want to study, you will have professional and/or personal motivation for doing so and you will most likely be fitting your study activities around other professional or domestic responsibilities.

Essentially you will be taking control of your learning environment. As a consequence, you will need to consider performance issues related to time management, goal setting, stress management, etc. Perhaps you will also need to reacquaint yourself in areas such as essay planning, coping with exams and using the web as a learning resource.

Your most significant considerations will be time and space i.e. the time you dedicate to your learning and the environment in which you engage in that learning.

We recommend that you take time now--before starting your self-study--to familiarize yourself with these issues. There are a number of excellent resources on the web. A few suggested links are:


The "How to study” web site is dedicated to study skills resources. You will find links to study preparation (a list of nine essentials for a good study place), taking notes, strategies for reading text books, using reference sources, test anxiety.


This is the web site of the Virginia Tech, Division of Student Affairs. You will find links to time scheduling (including a "where does time go?” link), a study skill checklist, basic concentration techniques, control of the study environment, note taking, how to read essays for analysis, memory skills ("remembering”).

Need help

Adaptation to climate change /Mark

madam Fatou Bojang, chancery building UTG,002207363628 or email fatoubojan22

Lamin Fatty, Chanery Building UTG,002203926155 or email lfatty m

Sagari Jallow, Chancery BuildingUTG, 002209826155 or sjallow

There is a  Library on 24hours

Omar khan , a Computer Specialist


Three Assignments

To be submitted in Class

You submit it to the Teacher

The Submission of the Assignment will be 10th, 15th,and on the 20th of a Month

 They must be completed in order in which they are set.

The Assessment which include (class participation, assignment and exam)

The Assessment will be Teacher Marked Assessment

Done at the end of the course

The Assessment will be two hours for the written exam

The Students will be given only two hours for the exam

Three days for marking the scripts

Welcome to Educational Challenges of Climate Change
The textbook introduces students to main concepts of Educational Challenges of Climate Change. Student will be introduced at the beginning about generality to climate change science. At the end of each unit, assignment, assessment will be done to find out whether they were on board; and final exam will be done at the end of the course.

Climate has changed in the past -- sometimes slowly, sometimes abruptly -- but now it is changing because humans have become a force of nature and are altering the flow of matter and energy on the planet. It is thus increasingly important for the science of climate change to be taught, both in formal and informal educational environments, in order for future citizens to be able to make scientifically informed decisions about the consequences of climate change.

There is substantial scientific agreement about the occurrence, causes, and consequences of climate change. Yet due to the inherent complexity of the topic and the social controversies surrounding it, confusion and doubt often persist. "Climate Change 101” presents the central questions about climate change -- is the climate changing? are humans causing that change? what will the consequences be? what can be done about it? -- answering them based on the current best scientific understanding.

This course is intended for people who will be in charge of raising awareness. It will help students to be aware of some challenges that are interrelated to educational challenges of Climate change.
The course is designed for Master degree students. They can at least have a notion about natural and social sciences.

The Sahel is highly vulnerable to climate change due to its geographic location at the southern edge of the Sahara desert and the strong dependence of its population on rainfed agriculture and livestock. The primary sector employs more than 60 percent of the active population and contributes 40 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the region. Rainfall variability, land degradation and desertification are some of the factors that combine to make life extremely difficult in this part of the world. The recurrent droughts of the 1970's and 1980's (the Sahel desiccation) represented a particularly trying episode for the Sahelian countries, with massive losses of agricultural production and livestock; loss of human lives to hunger, malnutrition and diseases; massive displacements of people and shattered economies. Yet, most climate models predict that the Sahel region will be drier in the 21st century.

This course is for master students on Climate change and Education who work with community, policy makers and the basic school to find solutions to the climatic stressors in the Sahel.

Background information in social sciences or geography is required for this course

This course discusses a spectrum of human rights concerns raised by anthropogenic climate change and the strategies devised to address it. It pinpoints areas where climate change will have direct and indirect human rights impacts, and where human rights are threaten in the two core policy areas of adaptation (preparing for the unavoidable and foreseeable effects of climate change) and mitigation (reducing GHG emissions in order to curb climate change). The course has three chapters. The chapter one provides an overview of human rights concerns raised by climate change. The chapter two examines how adaptation and mitigation actions of climate change further infringe human rights and the last chapter three focuses on a human rights approach to climate change

Welcome to land grabbing in Africa. Land grabbing is a course designed for graduate students in the context of e-learning. It first examines the phenomenon of land grabbing, especially in Africa. Second it analyses the socioeconomic impact of land grabbing on indigenous people. Finally it proposes some legislative measures to protect indigenous people against land grabbing. It is organized as follow.

Week1: Registration and getting to know each other

Week2: Land Grabbing in Africa

Week3: Socioeconomic impacts of grabbing on indigenous people.

Week4: protection and juridical framework

Week5: Final examination and results publication

This course is intended to master student, and introduces the concept of climate change and population dynamics. This course is designed to give to the student a very clear idea about the basic science behind climate change, explain the effects of climate change on human and natural system, and present the concept of population dynamics and its relationship with climate changeClimate change has become a great threat to human and natural system, its effects are felt worldwide. However, climate change will affect more developing countries. In fact according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2014) developing countries will be more affected by climate change due to their low capacity to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. Thus due to increase in extreme events people will choose to migrate in order to survive.

Upon completion of this course student will be to

  • ØDefine the main concepts of climate change
  • ØDescribe the main causes and consequences of climate change
  • ØDiscuss the different adaptations and mitigation option to climate change
  • ØExplain the concept of population dynamics and population growth
  • ØAnalyze the link between population growth and development
  • ØRelate the notion of climate change to population dynamics

The lack of information about traditional knowledge systems has resulted in low acceptance of traditional knowledge systems. Traditional knowledge encompasses the wisdom, knowledge, and teachings of local communities. In many cases, traditional knowledge has been orally passed for generations from person to person. Some forms of traditional knowledge are expressed through stories, legends, folklore, rituals, songs, and even laws. Such knowledge typically distinguishes one community from another. Some communities depend on their traditional knowledge for survival.

The module Traditional Knowledge (TK) collection and preservation in the context of climate change addresses current issues related to the collection and preservation of TK and its potential contribution to climate change scienceThe module intends to equip participants with knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to design innovative and holistic methods to collect and preserve traditional knowledge in context of climate change.

Course overview

In investigating how global change will affect population vulnerability to climate variability and extremes, this course introduces participants on how to develop strategies that enable societies to better cope with the consequences of climate change. In doing so, societies can develop the most effective long-term defense against the dangers of climate change by strengthening human capacity, primarily through education.

Education can directly influence risk perception, skills and knowledge and indirectly reduce poverty, improve health and promote access to information and resources. Hence, when facing natural hazards or climate risks, educated individuals, households and societies are assumed to be more empowered and more adaptive in their response to, preparation for, and recovery from disasters.

This suggests that public investment in empowering people and enhancing human capacity through education can have a positive externality in reducing vulnerability and strengthening adaptive capacity amidst the challenges of a changing climate.

The module Ecosystem based Adaptation is designed for graduate students in the context of e-learning. It first defines the basic concepts of adaptation . Second it gives you basic tools to conduct research in local knowledge evaluation. Finally it sets Setting conservation priorities for Crop Wild Relatives