Last week I did a survey among students who have completed the four foundational courses for a Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change diploma (OL 340).
By taking 4 extra electives, they can expand this diploma into an Integrated DRR, CBA and Rural Development Diploma (OL 440).
I asked students to vote on which of the electives they would like to have introduced first. Based upon their vote, here is the prioritized list—here are the winners:
1. OL 332. Water Conservation and Management for your CBA project.
2. OL 333. Climate Smart Agricultural Practices for your CBA project.
3. OL 345. Community Based Disaster Risk Assessment, Preparedness and Management
4. OL 326. Developing Livelihood Resilience in your CBA project.
332 received twice as many votes as 345, and 333 received twice as many votes as 326.
Consequently, beginning next Tuesday, July 10, I will be introducing:
Water Conservation and Management. A shortage of water or unreliable access to water is one of the biggest issues in development. Community water sources dry up during climate change related drought—or seasonally during the dry season.
In September I will introduce:
OL 333. Climate Smart Agricultural Practices for your CBA project.
In November I will introduce:
OL 345. Community Based Disaster Risk Assessment, Preparedness and Management.
In January we will conduct another survey to see what the next course should be!
Thanks to all of you who participated in the survey. Please go here to enroll in next Tuesday’s Water Conservation and Management course:
In working on my upcoming Routledge book—Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation—I have done a tremendous amount of research on water conservation management for CBA projects. This course will include the newest and best resources that I have found. Check out the course syllabus at the link above—and look at the enclosed two-page field guide (just like yours from OL 341!) from one of the assignments. Assignments include field guides and lesson plans for the different technologies and workshops mentioned in the syllabus.
If you have completed 341, 342, 343 and 344, please sign up. Let’s get going. I look forward to working with you again.