To support its Member States to assess the impact of climate change and other global drivers on water and ecological resources management and to develop adequate adaptation pathways, UNESCO co-published the Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) approach in 2018. To strengthen the capacities to use and implement this innovative approach, UNESCO has developed an online training course on CRIDA in collaboration with AGWA, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Deltares and the UNESCO Category 2 Centre ICIWaRM (International Centre for Integrated Water Resources Management). The online course will be launched on the 2nd of November 2020, and is freely accessible through the UNESCO Open Learning Platform until December 31.
In this self-paced online course, the participant will be introduced to the Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA), which provides guidelines to assess water security vulnerabilities due to climate variability and change, and provides guidance on the development of adaptation pathways for water resources management. The course consists of 11 modules each that present the CRIDA approach through a set of video lectures and hands-on exercises, as well as presenting a set of global CRIDA case studies.
This online course ends in a capstone project where the participant is asked to develop his or her own CRIDA Case Study using all the knowledge and tools learnt. After successfully completing the course assessments, participants will be awarded with a certificate of completion.
The online CRIDA course is organized as part of the project ‘Enhancing Climate Services for Improved Water Resources Management in Vulnerable Regions to Climate Change’ (CliMWaR), funded by the Flemish UNESCO Science Trust Fund (FUST).
The Knowledge Platform is designed to promote and showcase an emerging set of approaches to water resources management that address climate change and other uncertainties — increasing the use of "bottom-up approaches" through building capacity towards implementation, informing relevant parties, engaging in discussion, and creating new networks. This is an ongoing project of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) funded by the World Bank Group.