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243: Launching Your

Climate Ready Action Plan 3:

Engage Community Members

in Running Climate Solutions

OL 243. For Long-Term Sustainability: Fully Engage the Community in Their Project

What does climate change adaptation mean at the community level? What practical tools are available today for communities to use in adaptation? How do you make the project sustainable and have long-term impact?

What? An 8 week, self-paced training program where you will each continue the development of your climate change project. Each one of the assignments will be a concrete step in preparing your project for launch and eventual takeover. By the end of the 8 weeks, you will have designed a participatory community workshop to share information, collect local knowledge and to learn about community vulnerability and adaptive capacity.

Learn by doing.
You will create long-term sustainability in your project by fully developing the community’s ownership in the project.

How? A dual approach will be used in this course:
1. The course will lead you through the continued development of your project by working closely with and engaging community members.
2. For long-term sustainability you will begin training and preparing community members for eventual project take-over when it’s time for your NGO to move onto another project.

Who should take this course?
This course is perfect for nonprofit professionals working in adaptation in areas such as food security, watershed management, agriculture, the environment, sustainable development, or DRR—and who want to develop practitioner-level skills. If you are a grant writer, nonprofit staff member, consultant, project manager—or an executive director—you will develop real skills mastery.

2. This course is just as relevant to a person considering a career transition into the nonprofit/development world and wanting to develop employable skills.

8 Weeks: Make the project sustainable and have long-term impact.

Week 1. Review the scientific evidence of climate change in your area.
2. What are the current CC hazards and future CC challenges?
Week 3. Design a participatory community workshop.
Week 4. Lead the workshop and introduce adaptation concepts.
Week 5. Incorporate adaptation activities to strengthen resilience.
Week 6. Return to the community for feedback on your design.
Week 7. Organize a workshop to develop a community-based project team.
Week 8. Develop a community-based oversight committee: Your new teammates.

What Participants Say:

“This CBA to Climate Change course is fantastic and very relevant to the trends of the development sector.

Honestly, I’ve had many online courses but this experience is really magnificent. It is highly valuable for preparing a project proposal with a community. It is a fantastic experience for learning and has lots of resources (web links to materials).

In the start I thought that it would be very difficult but the approach made it very simple. I learned that preparing climate change adaptation project is now so simple.” Ghulam Farooqui, Program Coordinator, German Red Cross, Karachi City, Pakistan.

Give your project long-term sustainability and impact. Take this course to fully develop the community’s ownership in the project.

Real human help: The training program will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, who has over 15 years experience in adaptation to climate change and sustainable development projects. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation.

Click on this link to see the Full Course Description and Course Syllabus.


Simply choose whether you wish to audit the course or work with a live teacher—and then click on the “ENROLL NOW” button to make your payment.

This course has a prerequisite: OL 342 Climate Change Adaptation 2. Why are there prerequisites?

Online: Audit this course 100% online. You will have complete access to exactly the same downloadable course resources and lessons as in the live teacher program—for 8 weeks.

Teacher Led: Take this course with a live teacher. You will have complete access to the download course resources and lessons described below. Certificate: Turn in the 8 assignments and you will receive a PDF Certificate. Your course teacher will offer professional comments and encouragement for your assignments.

What You Will Get:

Job Ready Skills: Learn more about this project-based, active learning program in this in-depth description and detailed syllabus.

Job-focused content includes:
8 PDF Detailed Assignments
8 PDF In-depth Discussions
8 MS Word Completed Assignment Templates for you to personalize to be your own assignment for submittal.
Over 50 Word, Excel and PDF additional resources to download that contain learning guides, studies—and project templates.

Welcome Students!


Welcome to your course dashboard! From this page, you can access all of the course lessons and resources.

Please read the entire section “Download Course Resources and Student Home Page” just below to learn how you can get the most benefit from this course and have a good time too!

If you are a 100% online ($40) student who is auditing the course, please continue at your own pace.

If you are a participant in the live teacher program, please submit your assignments by uploading them at each individual assignment module on a weekly basis as described in the Student Home Page.

Save your completed assignment using the format described in Email and Homework Etiquette. This is important and you must follow the instructions. Then, upload the assignment. I will be notified of your submission.

I will review each one of your assignments, offer suggestions and comments, and send it back to you. Then you can proceed to the next assignment.

Some of the modules below, such as Discussions, are simply informational and you don’t need to submit anything.

However, you still need to mark them as completed at the bottom in order to proceed forward to the next module.

I look forward to working with you!

Tim Magee