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Economics of Climate-Resilient Development
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Course Theme:Climate Change
Sub-Theme:Low Carbon, Resilient Development
Course Format:Facilitated
Time Commitment:2-3 hours a week for 4 weeks
Amount:US $ 0 (Course is free of charge)
Contact Name:Chandni Dinakaran
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September 08, 2015 - October 04, 2015
Application Ends On : September 01, 2015
February 23, 2016 - March 18, 2016
Application Ends On : February 09, 2016

In this course, you will learn the basics for developing economically viable climate-resilient plans.

The course starts with a review of the scientific consensus on changes in climate patterns and projections to the future, and explains the rationale for countries to develop climate-resilient plans that will help them to move away from a business-as-usual development path.

The course continues with a description of a How-to Framework for Climate-Resilient Development Plans, which consists of an introductory guide to:

  • Frame the adaptation problem and make it a challenge that can be realistically addressed;
  • Identify relevant climate risks and impacts;
  • Identify the range of adaptation options available;
  • Estimate what it will cost to adapt to climate change;
  • Prioritize adaptation measures.
The course ends with a practical application of the How-to Framework, where you will have the opportunity to put into practice your learning on how-to develop climate resilient plans, and how to factor-in the costs of adaptation. The practical application is based upon a policy scenario in the agricultural sector, where you will need to make decisions for managing the country’s risk to the potential threats of climate change.

Throughout the course, interactive exercises help the user to test their understanding at key points. Case studies, reference materials and other helpful resources are highlighted so as to strengthen the learning experience.


This learning product was developed thanks to the financial support of the governments of Spain and Switzerland through the CF-Assist Trust Fund.

Target Audience:
The primary target audience are policymakers in developing countries who have been tasked with developing climate-resilient plans (at the national or regional level) or have been asked to provide estimates of how much it will cost their country to adapt to climate change. The module will also be of interest to World Bank staff who are being requested by client countries to assist them in these tasks.