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Land Use, Climate Change and Development

2020 Courses Postponed

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Land Use, Climate Change and Development: TBA


Climate change and land use are closely related: biosphere carbon represents a significant proportion of total GHG emissions, and land use plays a major role in sequestration, thereby mitigating climate change. Whilst land use change, from forests to agriculture and pasture, has thus been a major contributor to GHG emissions, it has played an important role in improving food society and contributing to economic development.

In the face of an urgent need to both mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and improve societal resilience to climate change, how can land use be best governed? 

The area is rapidly evolving, and becoming ever more complex.  On this course you’ll be given an introduction to the key issues and sources, to allow you to be more effective in professional engagement with the challenges.


   Course Structure

You’ll cover the following issues:

  • The biophysical system relating to land use and the carbon cycle
  • The socio-economic drivers of land use change
  • The policy environment for regulating land use change and land based emissions and sequestration
  • The details of intervention approaches like REDD+ and the voluntary carbon market
  • The wider policy context of intervening in land use: particularly in relation to equity: land rights including of indigenous peoples, and poverty alleviation imperatives
  • Introduction to food security, agricultural resilience and climate smart agriculture
  • Integrated approaches to rights and rights-based landscape management


   Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • understand key concepts and biophysical processes of land use and the climate system
  • understand the main policy frameworks at international and national levels for land use governance in relation to climate change.
  • understand opportunities for engagement and policy influencing
  • understand financing opportunities for practical initiatives


   Course Director

Dr Oliver Springate-Baginski

Dr Oliver Springate-Baginski works on several aspects of forest governance, land use change, climate change and resilience. These interests have been developed through leading a range of research projects with partners across the Asia region, particularly India, Nepal and Burma / Myanmar. Oliver has also worked as a forest and environmenatl policy advisor on donor funded projects in India and currently Burma / Myanmar.


   Who is this course for?

You’ll be employees of government organisations, NGOs, international agencies and private organisations working in forestry, agriculture, climate change and carbon trading. This course will be especially relevant if you are a professional who does not have an existing specialism in the field, but you have new responsibility or interest in the areas of climate change and land use.

Recent participants have included employees of national ministries of environment, agriculture, planning, finance from countries worldwide, and staff of organisations such as ICIMOD, DfID, JICA, BMZ, ADB, UNDP, UNEP, FAO, Oxfam, Red Cross, and IFC.


   Course Requirements 

No prior knowledge or special skills are required, however you’ll have a genuine interest in learning about land use and development.

The course is conducted in English. It is essential that you have full competence in English, both written and spoken.


   Tuition Fees and Funding

£1,890 – includes all tuition, course materials, daily lunches and refreshments, and an evening networking dinner.

We offer an early bird discount of 15% for participants who apply early. Discount deadline for 2020/2021 courses to be announced. 

The International Development Centre is unable to offer scholarships to attend this course. You are expected to secure your own funding.



The course is taught at the University of East Anglia (UEA). 

UEA is an internationally renowned university on a distinctive and attractive campus just outside the historic city of Norwich.