Every time I turn around there seems to be a new climate change training opportunity for a new climate change adaptation process or technique, only there doesn’t seem to be a new source of funding for new, large, extensive processes that have the potential to corral the entire staff to complete. When I got the email notifying me of yet a new “Climate-smart adaptation” training opportunity, I sighed, jotted down a note to self – “review climate smart adaptation” at the bottom of the page of the list of to-do items I am tracking for the day/week/month.
Eventually, curiosity got the better of me, so I decided to check out the 260+ page book that goes along with the training to see what all the fuss is about. I have to say my next sigh was one of relief. Finally! a way to approach climate adaptation that can be incorporated into the ongoing business of conservation. Not a stand-alone process, but one that can effectively be incorporated into ongoing work, supported by an authoritative guide with enough detail to inform your decisions about appropriate data sources and process steps. In climate change, we call that “mainstreaming” and it’s a technique used in lots of other fields.
The NCTC has been offering this course in various locations throughout the U.S. I’m curious, is anyone interested in either a.) taking the course, or b.) have staff interested in taking the course? If we have at least 50 students, we could convince the NCTC to bring the course to a location somewhere in the South Atlantic LCC, so for now, I’m gauging interest.
In the meantime, if you have time, it’s worth a perusal of the online book which can be found at http://www.nwf.org/pdf/Climate-Smart-Conservation/NWF-Climate-Smart-Conservation_5-08-14.pdf