Course introduction

Many countries struggle with the consequences of unsustainable growth programmes, affecting the climate, people and natural resources. Local authorities and their inhabitants are faced with droughts, floods, air pollution, land degradation, deforestation and rising sea levels. By developing sustainable growth policies, local governments in partnership with the community, can improve the quality of life of citizens and contribute to protecting the global environment.

This course discusses how local authorities can respond and adapt to climate change, plan and implement solutions for environmental and natural resource challenges and promote more sustainable ways of development. Leading international experts and practitioners will share the latest insights on climate change adaptation and mitigation and the impact for local authorities. We will zoom in on the design and implementation of sustainable local development programmes that protect the environment and improve the quality of life of citizens. In addition, we will discuss tools to recognise local vulnerabilities and instruments to become more resilient.

Best practices from different parts of the world will be discussed and linkages will be made to the local challenges that the participants are faced with. Furthermore, we will visit innovative projects in European cities that aim to prevent environmental pollution with respect to air, water and land.

Special attention will be given to Urban and Peri‐urban Agriculture and Forestry (UPAF) which can play a strong role in enhancing food security for the urban poor, greening the city and improving the urban climate, while stimulating the productive reuse of urban organic wastes and reducing the urban energy footprint.

Learning objectives

This course will help you to:

  • Promote understanding of how efforts made at the local level can improve the environment, the economy and the quality of life of citizens;
  • Learn about tools to assess local vulnerabilities with respect to climate, natural disasters and food security;
  • Increase insight in strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  • Enhance appreciation of the potential of environmental valuation;
  • Provide tools to facilitate the participation of and partnerships with various stakeholders in the public and private realms through dialogue and priority-setting;
  • Facilitate thinking about ways to integrate sustainability principles in the municipal policy process and assist in designing SMART-action plans.

After successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

Practical information

The course fee is € 2.890,-. This includes all training-related costs, as well as drinks, lunches, training materials and travel during the training programme. Travel to and from The Hague and accommodation is not included. The course language is English. This course takes place in our office in The Hague, The Netherlands.

If you would like to receive more information or in case you have any questions, you can contact us at or +31(70) 37 38 695.

Application procedure

Deadline for application is 1 August, 2014. Click here for more information about the application procedure and the on-line application form.

USAID sponsorships for government officials

USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific is currently providing training support in climate change adaptation. They provide funding to government officials from 13 countries in Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. Their support includes airfare, per diem, course fee, and/or other costs associated. Government officials who receive support from USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific are selected by their Selection Committee on a competitive basis. The main selection criteria include:

  • Mid-level or senior government officials from an eligible country;
  • Have work responsibilities that directly relate to the training program for which the application is being made;
  • Have English proficiency;
  • Have completed the equivalent of at least two years of  undergraduate education in a relevant field or equivalent experience.

For more information and application for this sponsorship please see:

NFP Fellowship

The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (NUFFIC) offers the opportunity to apply for a fellowship for this training course, as part of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for short courses. To see if you are eligible for a fellowship and to learn more about the rules and regulations regarding the fellowship, please see
The deadline to apply for a NFP fellowship for this course has passed already.

MENA Scholarship

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) is funded by the Netherlans Ministry of Foreign Affairs and offers around 140 scholarships a year to professionals. The MENA Scholarships are distributed proportionally among  ten participating countries. The target group is professionals (with a maximum age of 45) who are nationals of and working in one of the following countries: (Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman and Tunisia). For more information about this scholarship and how to apply see
The deadline to apply for a scholarship for this course has passed already.