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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.

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: 12 January 2015
End date: April 2015
Focal point email: The Coordinator
EcoDRR_MOOC flyer: download
Website: Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate

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

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

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