Course Introduction

The course will discuss how cities and local communities can adapt to the effects of climate change and increase their climate resilience. We will focus on integrated approaches for climate management and on vulnerability assessment as key factors in designing effective resilience strategies.

Moreover, we will explore the position of climate change in the planning of sustainable development policies, and we will identify instruments for financing climate adaptation. Attention will be paid as well to the importance of smart cities and new technologies in dealing with climate change. In addition, the course will address change management and how to overcome obstacles during the implementation of climate policies and projects.

In interactive sessions, best practices from different parts of the world will be discussed and linked to the context of the participants.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the concepts of climate change, climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience
  • Assessing climate vulnerabilities and policy implications
  • Designing climate policies and action plans
  • Financing climate policies in your organisation and community
  • Mainstreaming sustainability and climate actions in your organisation

After this course, you will receive a professional certificate of completion from The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for professionals from government agencies, civil society and non-governmental organisations who work directly to implement and support policies which combat the effects of climate change.

Experience and Experts

Practitioners from all parts of the world will share their experiences with climate adaptation, a.o. from Rwanda, Jordan, Guinea, Colombia, and Albania. They will see examples of smart technology, visit Resilient City Rotterdam, ambitioning to become 100% climate-proof by 2025, and learn from sustainable neighbourhoods, green buildings, urban farming, and projects to adapt to rising sea levels and heavy rainfall.

This course offers insights from experts, such as Aurelie Ceinos. Since 2015, Aurelie works for CARE on strategies for climate adaptation and resilience building, since 2018 as a specialist for CARE’s Climate Change and Resilience Platform. Before 2015, Aurelie managed various climate and sustainability projects in Vietnam, India, Thailand, Tanzania and Peru and was responsible for training and capacity development, lobby and advocacy and knowledge exchange on the topic at CARE France. Before that, she worked in Mali for the Association for Rural Development, in Paris as programme officer on sustainable development for EcoAct, and in Ecuador on community projects for sustainable agriculture.

Practical Information

The course fee is € 3.150,-. 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 are not included. Group discounts are available if you participate with three or more colleagues in this course. Email us for more information. The course language is English.

If you have questions regarding this programme, please contact the Programme Manager, Dayana Al Alam, at or call +31 70-3738695.

Funding Opportunities

Participants in our courses are predominantly funded by their own employer (municipalities, Ministries, NGOs and training or research institutes) or by a donor or development agency. If you are looking for additional funding opportunities, there are a few organisations you could approach.

Nuffic Scholarships

The Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) offers scholarships for training courses in the Netherlands. These scholarships seek to develop and strengthen the skills, instincts, and abilities of professionals to enable their organisations and communities to succeed in an ever-changing world. To learn if this course is open for Nuffic applications, please visit our Nuffic Scholarships page. Please note that Nuffic Scholarships have a separate application process.

Application Procedure

The training will take place from 11 to 22 November 2019. The deadline to apply is 29 September 2019.


After submitting your completed application, you will receive a confirmation of your course registration and an invoice. The payment deadline is 4-weeks before the start of the training course.

Payments can be made by bank transfer or by PayPal. We offer the option of paying in one or two installments. An advance payment of 50% secures your reservation for the training until the payment deadline. However, your participation in the course is guaranteed only after receipt of full payment prior to the 4-week deadline.

If no payment is received before that deadline, then your registration will automatically be canceled. Please note that The Hague Academy accepts registrations on a first pay, first served policy.

Visa Applications

Some countries require a visa to enter the Netherlands. Please check with The Netherlands or the embassy for the visa requirements related to your country. Because of the length of time needed for the visa procedure, we advise you to start this process as soon as possible.  The Hague Academy we will send you an acceptance letter which will assist you in arranging your visa, but only after we confirm your payment.


Payments received before the deadline will be reimbursed. However, an administration fee of €150 will be charged to fulfill this request. We strongly encourage you to start with the visa application procedure at least six weeks before the start of the training programme in order to prevent late cancellation.

A cancellation fee of 50% of the course fee will be charged for participants cancelling between four and two weeks prior to the start of the training. If you cancel your participation within the two-week period before the start of the course, then you will be required to pay 80% of the course fee.

In the event that you cannot attend the course, it is possible to nominate a suitably qualified candidate to replace you without extra charge.

The Hague Academy for Local Governance reserves the right to cancel a course if the number of participants is insufficient or due to any other unforeseen circumstances. In this case, your payment will be 100% reimbursed. Other costs such as transportation or hotel cannot be reimbursed.

Contact Information

For questions about this course and procedures, or to inquire about our tailor-made courses on Climate Adaptation and Local Resilience, please contact us by email at, or dial +31-70-3738695.