Climate Change Adaptation and Managing Risk of Extreme Events


November 2021


CAS: Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

Climate change has led to a change and an increasing number of climate and weather extremes that may cause disasters. Anticipating the impacts of climate change and taking appropriate actions to manage the risk of extreme events has become necessary within humanitarian action.

The course covers various thematic areas to provide the foundations and a basic understanding of climate change adaptation and of managing risk of climate-related extreme events. It presents various adaptation measures in selected sectors and provides a short glance at the topic of „climate-smart“ projects and organizations. Several international experts will give inputs and stimulate discussions on the thematic areas, and group exercises will take place at the end of the course.

The course will be held in English and inludes regular breaks. It is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Anticipatory Humanitarian Action".

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You will learn

which concepts and key terminologies exist in climate change adaptation and managing the risk of extreme events

what methods and tools are available for assessing vulnerability and risk and for selecting climate change adaptation options

how measures and anticipatory actions are applied in the context of risk management of climate-related extreme events

which current developments and adaptation measures are relevant in selected sectors: Infrastructure, coast/sea, agriculture and health

which are the most important aspects of "climate-smart" organizations and projects

Target group

Young and senior professionals in humanitarian action and other practitioners in relevant fields with prior knowledge of disaster management, but little knowledge of climate change adaptation.


9:00 - 17:00

Thematic Block 1-3

Darrell Smith, PhD, CFM, PWS / Global Environmental Relief & United States Agency for International Development


Darrell Smith is an expert in the field of ecology and humanitarian action, with many years of experience with agriculture-, environment-, and water-related development projects around the world.  He serves as the Executive Director of Global Environmental Relief and a consultant at USAID. Darrell conducts various projects and research activities on issues of environmental/natural resources with regard to disaster preparedness and response, as well as livelihoods of vulnerable groups.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Szarzynski / Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University


Joerg Szarzynski has a broad expertise in climatology and earth observation technologies, global environmental change and sustainable development research, capacity-building and web-based data and information management. His research focus is among others the use of geospatial information technology for disaster risk reduction and emergency response preparedness, early warning systems, and disaster assessment and coordination. At UNU-EHS, he serves as co-director of the Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS) at UNU-EHS in Bonn on climate change adaptation and emergency response preparedness in mountain regions.

Nathalie Doswald, PhD / United Nations Environment Programme


Nathalie Doswald has been working for over a decade in international nature conservation, providing technical expertise and research to inform policy and decision-making processes. She is specialized in impacts of climate change on biodiversity. She now works to support the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Disasters and Conflicts branch, to up-scale Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) to increase peoples’ resilience to disaster and climate impacts. Prior to that, she was a Programme Officer at UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Center and one of the leading experts on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA).

Simon Wittich / World Vision Deutschland


Simon Wittich works as the technical livelihoods advisor at World Vision Germany, with a specific focus on agricultural development and environment. He has managed and overseen various projects, as well as conducted lectures, on these topics especially in the context of climate change. Prior to his activities at World Vision, Simon was a consultant in different development organisations and CGIAR research institutes, working on agricultural and environmental projects especially in the African countries. 

Dr. Simone Sandholz / Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University


Simone Sandholz leads the Urban Futures & Sustainability Transformation Programme at UNU-EHS. Her two particular fields of expertise are resilient urban and regional development with an emphasis on critical infrastructures and nature-based solutions for risk reduction and climate change adaptation, closely linked to the second research area on sociocultural aspects of sustainable development, namely place attachment, adaptive social protection, good governance and sustainable livelihood approaches, based on empirical social research methods.

Prof. Dr. Udo Nehren / Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, Cologne University of Applied Sciences


Udo Nehren is Professor of Ecosystem Management at TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences, Germany. His research and teaching focus on social-ecological systems, particularly with regard to ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. He authored several publications on this topic and has worked as a trainer for UN agencies, NGOs, and private companies. Moreover, he co-developed the first international MOOC on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and ecosystems. 

Laura Jung / Deutsche Allianz Klimawandel und Gesundheit


Laura Jung is a Medical Doctor and board member of the German Alliance on Climate Change and Health. She has a background in public health and infectious disease research with a focus on antimicrobial resistance. Her second field of expertise is planetary health education in the European and African region, and she has coordinated several training courses on planetary health, health impacts of climate change as well as climate adaptation and mitigation in the health sector. 

Aurélie Ceinos / CARE Climate change & Resilience Platform


Aurélie Ceinos is a Climate Adaptation Specialist with 10+ years of experience and is part of CARE International Climate Change and Resilience Team supporting CARE teams to integrate climate change into all projects for a better consideration of climate risks. Aurélie has extensive experience with developing and implementing climate strategies and programs in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. She has been one of the experts contributing to the development of the CARE Climate & Resilience academy. She also led the revision of CARE climate vulnerability and capacity analysis tool in 2019.

Colin Rebel / Hamerkop Climate Impacts


Colin Rebel is a Climate Finance Consultant at Hamerkop Climate Impacts. He advises policymakers on their climate adaptation and mitigation strategies under the Paris Agreement. Colin also works closely with business executives and global and local NGOs to develop, certify and source carbon projects towards a low-carbon economy. Based in London, he operates worldwide but predominately in developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Colin has in-depth expertise in the implementation of nature-climate solutions and eight years of experience in sustainable forest management.


* To cover the fees you can upload an educational voucher of the state of NRW during the registration

02.11.2021 - 04.11.2021

24 hours of training

Online Event

Maximum of 16 attendees

15 of 12 required registration for this course. You will be informed after registration. Share this course with friends and colleagues to make sure it will be carried out.

ProviderThis training is organized by Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.