Training Courses

Capacity building provides a foundation for the sustainability transition. IISD Foresight Group team members have been designing integrated assessment and adaptive policy-making training courses and facilitating training workshops for over 15 years and in over 20 countries across the world.

To learn more about custom training opportunities for any of the following courses, please contact the IISD Foresight Group.

Building Capacities to Improve Mainstreaming of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) Into Development Strategies and Policies in the Carribean Region

In recent years, governments have begun negotiating multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) in an attempt to tackle a growing array of environmental challenges. However, mainstreaming these MEAs into national strategies and policies to achieve improvements in the environment is a considerable challenge. In this paper we present an approach to capacity building of MEA mainstreaming targeted towards policy-makers.

In this paper, we share lessons learned from the application of the training module Achieving National and Sectoral Development Priorities: The use of integrated environmental assessment tools for improved MEA implementation (IISD, UNEP, & CARICOM, 2011). This approach focuses on identifying high-level linkages between MEAs and national development priorities and then identifying specific targets, indicators and policies to improve MEA implementation. We conducted three applications of the approach in the Caribbean at the national and regional levels. These applications (including specific feedback from the participants) revealed the importance of critically reviewing national and regional plans and strategies to identify if the goals of the MEAs are in line with the issues that are being mainstreamed, while assessing the trade-offs and synergies between MEAs and specific policies and programs in meeting mainstreaming goals.

Creating Adaptive Policies: A Guide for Policy-making in an Uncertain World

Creating Adaptive Policies: A Guide for Policy-making in an Uncertain World

This executive training course for policy-makers and their analysts is delivered over 2–3 days and communicates the importance of adaptive policymaking and sustainability transition management in today’s complex, dynamic and uncertain world. Each of the seven guidelines presented in the Creating Adaptive Policies book are covered using case examples from water resources, agriculture management and climate change adaptation. Participants of this workshop get hands-on experience in using the new ADAPT policy analysis tool by applying it to a policy or program of their interest. To learn more about the contents of this course, click here.

Capacity Building for Integrated Environmental Assessment and Reporting

Capacity Building for Integrated Environmental Assessment and Reporting

This training course was developed for the United Nations Environment Programme and their flagship initiative, the Global Environment Outlook. This course consists of nine training modules to help national and sub-national governments take stock of the current state of the environment from an integrated and forward-looking perspective. Module topics range from creating an impact strategy for your assessment to scenario development and analysis and climate change vulnerability and impact assessment. To learn more, click here.

Training Module - Achieving National and Sectoral Development Priorities: The use of integrated environmental assessment tools for improved MEA implementation

Training Module - Achieving National and Sectoral Development Priorities: The use of integrated environmental assessment tools for improved MEA implementation

This is an intensive four-day workshop to share regional experiences and innovative integrated environmental assessment (IEA) tools that can generate win-win scenarios for achieving national development priorities in the Caribbean region through more effective multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) implementation.

The workshop delivers six hands-on working sessions, each representing a critical step in clarifying future desired outcomes for MEA implementation and featuring a specific IEA tool that helps to more cogently demonstrate the relevance of the MEA to national and sectoral development priorities and the important synergies among MEAs. The workshop was funded by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and European Union, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, and UNEPs Global Environment Facility– Integrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management (GEF-IWCAM) Project.

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