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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

This is a listing of open online courses on environmental education. For specific details of the events, please follow the links provided.

The Biology of Water and Health (Part 1) MOOC
Providers: Tufts University.
Summary: The course examines critical water-related issues through a global and interdisciplinary lens. Participants will explore connections between water and human health, including the influence of waterborne pathogens on human and environmental health and the central role of sanitation and hygiene in preserving health. The course focuses on the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene to maternal and child nutrition and growth, and encourages participants to explore social, economic, and behavioral dimensions in a global, multi-dimensional context.
Registration: On-going
Begin date: 4 November 2014
End date: December 2014
Website: The Biology of Water and Health (Part 1) MOOC

Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate
Providers: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), through its Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES), and Cologne University of Applied Sciences (CUAS), Germany.
Summary: The first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate will enhances knowledge and skills for tackling complex issues such as resilience and transformation and how sustainable development, ecosystem management, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are linked and can be operationalized. It would benefit disaster managers and practitioners, climate change adaptation professionals, development planners and project implementers, and policymakers.
Registration: On-going
Begin date: January 2015
End date: April 2015
Focal point email: The Coordinator
EcoDRR_MOOC flyer: download
Website: Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate

Climate Change
Provider: University of Melbourne, Australia
Duration of Study: 9 weeks
Session: 11 August - 13 October 2014
Website: Climate Change

Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries / Movilidad Urbana Sostenible en Pases en Desarrollo 2014
Dates: 22 September - 12 December 2014 (12 weeks)
Organisers: The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in partnership with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).
Summary: This course is designed to provide answers, solutions and alternative approaches in the area of urban transport planning, towards a more sustainable transport system in developing cities.
Registration deadline: 18 September 2014.
Event focal point email: Focal Point
Website: English | Spanish

Forest Monitoring with CLASlite
Provider: Carnegie Institution for Science (Department of Global Ecology)
Summary: The course seeks to assist governments, nongovernmental organizations, and academic institutions with high-resolution mapping and monitoring of forests with satellite imagery
English Website: Forest Monitoring with CLASlite
Spanish Website: Forest Monitoring with CLASlite

E-learning module for law enforcement officers on hazardous chemicals and wastes under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Provider: Interpol and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
Summary: The legal international trade in chemicals and wastes is an important part of the global economy, but it is crucial that this trade be effectively controlled. Protecting human health and the environment from the dangers of hazardous chemicals and wastes is a growing area of responsibility for enforcement officers. This tool will help them to meet their responsibilities to protect their countries, their peoples, and the global community.
Event focal point email: Secretariat
Website: E-learning module for law enforcement officers on hazardous chemicals and wastes

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Training Kit (CTK)
Organizers: The Climate Training Kit has been compiled in collaboration between the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Community Preparedness and Risk Reduction team with contributions from around the world. We thank all those who contributed to the products.
Summary: The interactive and flexible modules contain exercises, games, film clips, presentations, reading materials, and examples from many Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies. The resources in this kit can be used to help understand and address climate-related risks in programming and activities in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management, health, and in humanitarian diplomacy. The training materials can be used flexibly, for full climate change trainings but also small add-ons to workshops on other themes.
Website: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Training Kit (CTK)

NAMAcademy E-learning Course - Module 2
Summary: The NAMACADEMY, launched by UNEP Ris Centre in collaboration with Technical University of Denmark, offers support to developing country professionals, in the form of courses and coaching to public sector officials, for the conceptualization of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change.The e-learning course is followed by a one week classroom course.
Focal point: Sren Lutken
Website: NAMAcademy Module 2

Disaster Waste Management: best practices and tools
Summary: The eLearning module seeks to provide humanitarian response staff, and local, national and regional government authorities with increased awareness and enhanced knowledge on disaster waste and management strategies to mitigate their environmental impact. Participants will be better prepared and more able to predict, identify, analyze and plan for the impacts of disaster waste in an emergency.
Website: Disaster Waste Management

Environment in Humanitarian Action
Summary: The eLearning module provides humanitarian actors with information on how to effectively integrate environmental issues into humanitarian response and early recovery strategies. The training highlights the key opportunities, misconceptions and challenges for mainstreaming environmental issues into humanitarian action.
Environment in Humanitarian Action

Introduction to the Flash Environmental Assessment Tool
Summary: The eLearning module aims to equip environmental experts and international first responders to environmental emergencies with the necessary knowledge and tools to identify and analyse hazard risks caused by natural disasters.
Website: Flash Environmental Assessment Tool

Introduction to Industrial Accidents: prevention, preparedness and response
Summary: The module aims to raise awareness about industrial accidents in order to strengthen the capacity of government, industry and civil society.
Website: Introduction to Industrial Accidents

Beyond Response: Better Preparedness for Environmental Emergencies
Summary: The eLearning module provides an overview the environmental emergency response process; introduces tools for assessing environmental risks, contingency planning, and preparing for emergencies at the local level.
Website: Beyond Response

Small Island Developing States in a Changing Climate: Paths to Adaptation
Summary: This course provides an overview of climate change adaptation for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) with a focus on the environmental perspective. It will present the key concepts regarding the issues of adaptation to climate change and the methodological tools needed to analyse challenges faced by SIDS, in order to propose sustainable solutions.
At the end of this course launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE), you will be able to:

  • Explain why countries will have to adapt to climate change and provide examples of what this could look like;
  • Explain why Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are particularly vulnerable to climate change;
  • Outline how to analyse climate risks and discuss why some countries are more vulnerable than others; and
  • Discuss how adaptation can contribute to sustainable development goals.
And last but not least, you will have the opportunity to create a network and exchange experiences and practices on the SIDS problematic and more largely on climate change adaptation topics.
Registration: On-going
Begin date: 26 January 2015
End date: 28 February 2015
Website: Small Island Developing States in a Changing Climate: Paths to Adaptation