Capacity development opportunities offered by the Network in 2017

This year the Network will again offer practitioners opportunities to enhance their skills as facilitators of effective adaptation.

Practical Adaptation for Vulnerable Groups will be offered at three different locations around the country, on the following dates:

  • 20th & 21st June 2017: Nkomazi, Mpumalanga (2 Days)
  • 25th & 26th July 2017: Durban (2 Days)
  • 3rd & 4th October 2017: Cape Town (2 Days)

This 2-day training course will provide practitioners from government, research institutions and NGOs with a sound grounding in climate science, the developmental context of climate change adaptation and participatory adaptation approaches. Practical methodologies and tools will be provided, illuminated by examples from adaptation practice. The learning methodology is experiential and interactive and is aimed at enabling participants to design and facilitate adaptation processes for vulnerable communities.

The course will be facilitated by Noel Oettlé and Shannon Parring. Please register if you would like to reserve a place on the course. The closing dates for registration: 15 September 2017 (Cape Town), 1 June 2017 (Nkomazi) and 1 July 2017 (Durban).

Adaptation for Extreme Events will be presented on 29th May 2017 in Grahamstown (2 Days). This innovative training course will be held immediately before the 2017 Adaptation Colloquium, and will explore the specific context of enabling planners and practitioners to support potentially affected communities to adapt effectively to minimize the impacts of extreme weather events. The context of the course will be the realties and opportunities of government support for adaptation, and how research partnerships can contribute to generating necessary data and appropriate knowledge.

  • Facilitators: Nick Hamer, Sheona Shackleton, Noel Oettlé
  • Closing date for registration: 1 May 2017
Image below: Participants at a 2016 Adaptation Network training workshop


Adaptation Retreat: A journey of discovery will be held 15 -18 May 2017 in  Nieuwoudtville. This retreat is aimed at more experienced adaptation practitioners who would like to reflect on their practice and explore innovative approaches and reflective spaces. The retreat will include some reflection in nature, course modules taught by community members and facilitation training.

  • Closing date for registration:28 April 2017

Travel and accommodation while attending these courses is at the cost of each participant. However, the Adaptation Network is able to provide a limited number of bursaries.

For more information about the courses and bursaries please contact:

Noel Oettlé:

Candice Arendse: