Virtual workshop: Education and training to enhance climate adaptation action across sectors

28 July 2020

12:00-13:30 CEST

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Workshop description: 

The extent to which climate change impacts our society depends on the exposure and vulnerability, as well as types of hazards we will face. Nevertheless, climate change adaptation and resilience are needed to prevent, anticipate,  cope, recover and adapt from the multiple impacts of climate change at all levels – at the local, national and global level. Education and training, as part of capacity building on disaster and climate risk management for adaptation and resilience across and within sectors,  are essential components for countries to advance transformational efforts on climate change.

Learning from the global COVID-19 crisis, the event will showcase good practices and innovative climate solutions of formal and informal education that can be up-scaled and out-scaled to enhance and promote climate adaptation/resilience action across sectors. Furthermore, the event will also discuss incentives on how the knowledge that was gained through education and training can be leveraged into business and innovative solutions to scale up adaptation action especially for most vulnerable countries and communities

The objectives of this event are:

(a) Facilitating the sharing of good practices, experiences and lessons learned from education and training initiatives on climate change adaptation and resilience across and within sectors;

(b) Identifying opportunities to strengthen enabling environments for transforming knowledge into innovation and new businesses that are safe, clean, green, equitable, resilient and sustainable to address climate change.





Introduction and welcoming remarks 


  • Moderator: Ms Imelda Bacudo, Advisor to ASEAN Secretariat on climate policy and finance, climate smart agriculture and land use.
  • Ms. Maria del Pilar Bueno, Co-Chair, Adaptation Committee

Session 1:

Learning from the global COVID-19 crisis, how are new and existing education and training initiatives taking transformative action at scale to enhance climate adaptation and resilience?


  • Mr. Andreas Flouris, FAME lab
  • Mr. Thusitha Sugathapala – Senior Lecturer, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and Senior Consultant at SLYCAN  Trust 
  • Ms. Ioanna Tsalakanidou, Climate Change Department, Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy, Greek Ministry of Environment & Energy



Session 2: 

How can education and training initiatives be up-scaled and out-scaled in a sustainable way to boost innovation and business for tackling  multiple climate change challenges especially for youth?


  • Ms. Zainab Zahid, Member of Adaptation Working Group, YOUNGO 
  • Mr. Sena Alouka, Executive Director, ONG Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement
  • Mr. Istiakh Ahmed,  Coordinator, Livelihood Resilience Programme, ICCCAD




Wrap up and key take away messages


Speaker biographies

Ms. Imelda Bacudo
, Advisor to ASEAN Secretariat on climate policy and finance, climate smart agriculture and land use

Imelda Bacudo provides technical advice to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its ten Member States for strengthened regional and international policies to gain wider access to climate finance, which ultimately builds resilience of the agriculture and other land use sectors to impacts of climate change. She has been instrumental in guiding the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network—a platform for knowledge exchange and support–to push the agriculture sector into engagement with the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).

Currently, she remains the guiding technical expert for the newly established ASEAN Negotiation Group for Agriculture (ANGA) which is pushing the agriculture sector of ASEAN to jointly shape climate policies of the UNFCCC to better face impacts of climate change.



Mr. Andreas D. Flouris, FAME Laboratory

Andreas Flouris is an Associate Professor at the University of Thessaly, in Greece, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is the Founder and Director of FAME Lab [(F)unctional (A)rchitecture of (M)ammals in their (E)nvironment], a research unit of 16 full-time researchers investigating the health and performance effects of environmental factors, with a particular focus on the impacts of heat. Dr. Flouris is a Coordinator or Partner in a series of large international projects in Europe and North America and he has published widely on the effects of different environmental factors on human health, productivity, and performance. He is currently participating in several Working Groups tasked to develop prevention measures to reduce the impacts of environmental factors for workers, athletes, and the general population, including the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, and the Greek Ministry of Labour.


Ms. Ioanna Tsalakanidou,  Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy

Ms. Ioanna Tsalakanidou is an officer in the Climate Change Department of the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy. She is responsible for adaptation – related issues across domestic, European and sectoral areas. She is the Primary Contact Point for Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation in Greece for the European Environment Information and Observation Network and the national expert for Greece in the Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She is also the Coordinator of the “LIFE-IP AdaptInGR” EU-funded integrated project on boosting the implementation of adaptation policy across Greece.




Ms. Zainab Zahid, Member of Adaptation Working Group, YOUNGO

Zainab Zahid is an Environmental Scientist and an early career researcher currently pursuing Masters in Environmental Sciences. Her research work focuses on finding nature based solutions and integration of biotechnology to adapt the effects of changing environment and stresses on agricultural production. She is a member of different working groups of YOUNGO, Adaptation working group being one of them. Previously, she has served as a President of NUST Environment Club and ran successful tiers of multiple environmental awareness campaigns as well as youth capacity building events. Zainab advocates for the youth mobilization through education and advocacy campaigns and is actively involved in the youth engagement in different capacities. 




Mr. Istiakh Ahmed,  Coordinator, Livelihood Resilience Programme, ICCCAD

Istiakh Ahmed is a ‘programme coordinator’ for the Livelihood Resilience programme at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development and currently leading four projects under this programme. He has completed his BSS and MSS in Anthropology from Jahangirnagar University. His affiliation with Anthropology has allowed him to have in-depth knowledge on social research and its different methodologies, and working on climate change for the last 6 years has provided a wide range of knowledge on its different issues and dynamics. His research interest areas are livelihood resilience, climate change adaptation, loss and damage, environmentally-induced migration, social vulnerabilities due to environmental stressors and social understanding and belief system.

He has been following climate change negotiation for the last 5 years and has attended two COPs. He was part of the Resilience Academy in Germany and was a fellow of the USAID young researcher programme. He has published several journal articles, blogs and newspaper articles and has presented in many international conferences. He has also been involved in training and mentoring of university students, government officials, local community members and youth around the country. He is an aspiring photographer and video film maker.


Dr Thusitha Sugathapala, Senior Consultant – SLYCAN Trust: Sustainable Development, Waste Management, and Mitigation

Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering of the University of Moratuwa and a Chartered Engineer. He obtained the BSc Engineering Degree from University of Moratuwa and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He served as the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Director General of Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority. Dr. Sugathapala’s research areas of interest cover both energy and environment fields, including renewable energy; energy efficiency; and environmental management. He has served several national level committees; conducted national and regional level research programs, and was involved with the development of policies and regulations.




Mr. Sena Alouka, Executive Director, ONG Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement