|Languages: EN FR SP RU||Estimated effort: 2 hours/all course requirements|
|Course type: Self-paced e-learning module||Certificate by: UNDP, CBD|
Protected areas cover a significant percentage of the world’s terrestrial surface, encompassing an area the size of Russia, India Afghanistan and Portugal combined. If we account for all of the community conserved areas and other types of informal conservation, the global protected area estate would be nearly double that. This is the largest deliberate land use in the world. For this reason, protected areas have a critical role to play as part of a global response to address climate change.
There are a number of well-recognized reasons why protected areas are a viable solution to climate change, but two of the most important are that protected areas mitigate carbon emissions and enable human and natural communities to adapt to climate change. Despite the obvious role that protected areas can play in addressing climate change, few protected area managers or policy makers have fully recognized this role.
The goal of this module is to provide a set of recommendations and guidelines for incorporating climate change aspects into every facet of protected area design and management, and highlights the clear role that protected areas can play in climate mitigation and adaptation.
Course Completion Requirements
Please note that the online lessons and the course survey are required to receive the course certificate.