Urban Management Tools for Climate Change


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Program Description

Urban Management Tools for Climate Change

IHS is proud to announce that this course is jointly developed with UN-HABITAT.

Cities are increasingly expected to undertake concrete actions to mitigate climate change and adapt the city to rising water levels, drought and other natural disasters related to the heating of the earth. What concrete activities should a city undertake and what works? This course offers management tools for urban policymakers, planners and environmentalists.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to prepare local climate change plans, which address the global challenges yet focus on concrete local actions. The course will offer specific practices to manage the urban design and environmental infrastructure, in particular, energy, transport, housing and water.


Module 1: Introduction to Climate Change and Vulnerability.
Cities are considered the most vulnerable areas to sea-level rise, storm surges, floods and droughts. Mapping the most at-risk areas of a city with relevant climate impact-agents is a fundamental step in understanding how to reduce a city’s vulnerability. Participants will get acquainted with a range of vulnerability assessment tools and will acquire knowledge and skills on how to perform a vulnerability assessment and vulnerability mapping at a city based on a case study. In addition, participants will get an introduction to decision support tools for climate change.

Module 2: Climate change adaptation: Land, water and disaster management.
Cities should adapt to both long-term trends associated with climate change (e.g. sea-level rise) and to extreme events such as flooding. After centuries of land reclamation, the Netherlands transforms the land into lakes, builds floating houses and roads, and experiments with rooftop gardens. Based on theory and best practices, participants will acquire knowledge of different adaptation strategies from concrete cases. Different types of approaches, such as community-based and ecosystem-based adaptation will be addressed within this module.

Module 3: Climate change mitigation: Energy, transport and carbon markets.
Cities can play an essential role in mitigating climate change. They can reduce energy consumption, promote renewable sources of energy or they can trade carbon credits under the Flexible Mechanisms of the Kyoto protocol. The latter is becoming a lucrative business for ‘green’ and ‘clean’ cities. GHG emissions inventories and abatement potential assessment are becoming vital tools for the city’s climate mitigation planning. Participants will have the chance to perform a GHG inventory at a city level and prioritize relevant climate mitigation actions.

Module 4: Local climate change action plans
Local Climate Change (CC) Action Plans translate - often vague - strategies for adaption and mitigation into concrete actions. Local CC action plans are based on vulnerability assessment, mitigation and adaptation assessment and consider the (financial) constraints of the particular city. Participants will analyze and evaluate detailed assessment reports of various case studies and will develop a local climate change action plan for a specific city.


For this diploma course, you should have:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • At least 2 years of work or academic experience.
  • Evidence of a sufficient oral and written command of the English language. If English is not the mother tongue, an English language test is required.

Dates: 15 June – 3 July 2020

Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

Founded in 1958, IHS is the international institute for housing and urban development of Erasmus University Rotterdam founded. For more than 60 years, it has been our mission to develop human and inst ... Read More

Founded in 1958, IHS is the international institute for housing and urban development of Erasmus University Rotterdam founded. For more than 60 years, it has been our mission to develop human and institutional capacities, to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in cities. Read less