GUIDELINES The International Seminar on Climate Change and Natural Resource Management is a professional course, placing a high demand on the expertise, attention and contributions of the participants. Each participant will share his or her views on climate change and natural resource management issues, and initiatives to address them, in his or her home country. This provides a chance for participants to recognize the common and unique opportunities and challenges facing natural resources managers across the globe. The Seminar is offered in English, and therefore a strong command of the English language is required for course attendance. Selection of participants will be based on professional need and familiarity with natural resource management principles and practices. SEMINAR EXPENSES The course fee for the Seminar is $11,000 US. The course fee includes: registration, course materials, instruction, Seminar-associated ground travel, food, lodging (two people per room in all locations), US-based health insurance, and one-way air travel from Washington DC to Sacramento, California. The fee does not include: visa fees, travel insur-
ance, food/lodging before or after the Seminar dates of May 2 - 21, 2016. Travel from the country of origin to Washington, DC, and back home from Sacramento or San Francisco, California, is the responsibility of the participant and is not included in the course fee. SEMINAR TIMING AND LOCATION The Seminar will take place from May 2 - 21, 2016. Participants should plan to arrive in Washington DC on May 1 and depart from Sacramento (preferred) or San Francisco on May 22. The course fee includes airfare from Washington DC to Sacramento, California. Transportation to and from airports will be provided for arrival and departure. HOW TO APPLY For an application or more information, please email: [email protected]
The deadline for submission is January 18, 2016.
For more information on other international Seminars sponsored by the US Forest Service and its partners, visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/aboutagency/international-programs/training-seminars.
The US Forest Service International Programs and the University of California, Davis, are pleased to announce the International Seminar on Climate Change and Natural Resource Management, to take place May 2 - 21, 2016, in California. Because of its national leadership on climate change legislation, greenhouse gas reduction targets, and natural resource management agencies, California is an ideal location to learn about cutting edge land management practices under climate change. The State contains many ecosystems affected by climate change, while facing pressures from rapid human growth, water scarcity, and important agricultural land uses. The Seminar is designed for natural resource managers with a professional interest in climate change issues who wish to participate in an engaging, interactive, and highly informative training and field study program. Participants will learn about assessment, monitoring, adaptation, and mitigation practices for managing natural resources in the face of climate change and its potential effects on natural resources, and will be introduced to policy and technological developments in carbon markets and offsets. SEMINAR DESIGN The Seminar will help prepare participants to address the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change at the site, watershed, ecosystem, and national levels. The Seminar is designed to stimulate interaction and learning on a broad spectrum of issues related to climate change and its implications for natural resource management. Through field site visits, class and field instruction, guest lectures by
recognized experts, participant projects and facilitated discussions, the participants learn about assessing the impacts of climate change on natural systems, alternative land management techniques, institutional responses, adaptation strategies, and mitigation measures for responding to the impacts of climate change. While exchanging ideas and experiences with colleagues from around the world, the Seminar’s intent is to foster a vigorous intellectual exchange of ideas and management practices that can be applied in the participants’ home countries. Participants will study climate change issues at multiple levels of government. Starting in Washington DC, the Seminar will begin with an introduction to climate change at the global and national levels. Discussions will be held with representatives from aid organizations, non-governmental groups, and multilateral organizations involved in climate change policies and programs. Next, the group will fly to California. A week of coursework at the University of California, Davis, will explore how climate change can be addressed at the regional and local levels. Topics will include: climate science, technologies for documenting and forecasting change (including GIS, remote sensing, and mapping); field monitoring; adaptation and mitigation measures, including carbon markets; and capacity building, such as scenario planning and scientific communication with policy makers. The Seminar spends a week in the field, mostly in the Lake Tahoe basin, where we will talk with resource managers, visit field sites, and discuss on-the-ground management strategies to cope with the impact of climate change. Participants will end the course in Davis by developing and presenting action plans and participating in workgroups and panel discussions before departing from Sacramento or San Francisco on May 22, 2016
SEMINAR THEMES 1) Impacts of Climate Change (What is happening?) Presenters focus on historic and modeled future changes in ecosystem processes, forest structure, and species distributions, primarily using California research projects as examples. Participants have access to an extensive collection of publications and sources of information. 2) Adaptation and Mitigation of Natural Resource Management Under Climate Change (What can we do about it?) The Seminar addresses practices to manage natural resources under climate change, to minimize impacts, and to support carbon sequestration in natural systems. It explores field methods and technology to assess the impact of climate change and the outcomes of resource management measures. 3) Institutional Responses to Climate Change (How will we do it?) Participants and representatives from government land management agencies and NGOs discuss their perspectives on how institutions can prepare for climate change. Topics include: opportunities for funding; environmental, economic, and social information and communications needed to support decision-making; and programmatic initiatives that might be appropriate.