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Apr 19 @ 8:00 am - Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm SAST


The purpose of this Short Learning Programme (SLP) is to appraise the stakeholders with general knowledge and skills on various processes that operate within the climate system, particularly looking at the drivers/causes, consequences, prediction, and strategies for responding to and building resilience to climate change phenomena (adaptation and mitigation aspects). Basically, participants should evaluate, providing evidence and experiences, the impacts of climate change on the ecosystem services from their communities. This SLP will expose participants to opportunities for sharing good practices experienced in local communities through discussions; thus, fostering climate change mainstreaming to development planning in general. Participants will also be able to critically examine the relationship between climate change and sustainable development. Finally, participants shall acquaint themselves with climate change protocols, action plans, agreements, climate justice, climate related loss and damage issues.


This training is aimed at offering a foundational exposure on Climate Change and Sustainable Development to a wide range of government officials, and private employees at a decision making or influencing level.  The group may also include advocacy groups such as civil society organisations, community-based organisations as well as academics.  This SLP is open to non-climate change specialist, but rather interested in global current topical issues of concern on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.


The programme content is covered over a period of two days and shall be delivered virtually  using group discussions, presentations; case studies and shared experiences


Participants will be assessed through informal assessment methods such as class exercises, presentations and case studies analysis. Though not graded, each participant will continuously be evaluated through their contribution and participation during the programme to monitor performance, as well as level of understanding through interaction.


Upon completion of the training, the learners should be able to:

  1. Describe the various processes that drives the climate system.
  2. Evaluate the various ways in which climate change impacts on ecosystems and opportunities for mitigation and adaptation.
  3. Critically examine the Climate Change and Sustainable Development nexus.
  4. Assess the Just Transition Mechanism as a pathway to a greener economy.
  5. Demonstrate advanced knowledge on climate protocols, action plans, agreements, and climate pacts.

Participants will be requested to assess the course and provide feedback.


Upon successful completion, attendants will receive a certificate of attendance by Southern African Regional Universities Association.

DATE: 19–20 April 2023
DURATION:: Two days
ZOOM LINK: Register online
FEES: SARUA Members: Free
Non-members of SARUA: R1000 per person or R3000 per institution capped at five participants.
PROGRAMME: Download the programme


Prof René Pellissier

René Pellissier heads the SARUA Programme in Climate Change and Sustainable development. She is a research specialist and strategist with international experience having worked for universities in Europe, the UK, the US, and research capacity building across Africa, Participated in US/China and US/German collaborative projects and initiatives obo US university. She is an associate of SARUA as programme lead for the EU-funded Climate Change and Sustainable Development. programme and develops higher education leadership and management capacity initiatives for the Cape Higher Education Consortium. She has a management, quantitative and systems background holding an MBA, MSc (Mathematical Statistics) and a PhD (Systems Engineering) and is an experienced author, reviewer and presenter in technology and innovation, information and systems applications.

Dr Nomazile Chicho

Dr Nomazile Chicho, a lecturer at BA ISAGO University, is an environmentalist with research interest in the fields of Climate change, Urbanisation, Sustainable Environmental Management Policies, Natural resources, Public Policy and Health, Traditional Medical Practice and other pertinent issues that inform decision making in sustainable use of resources, safe public health lifestyles as well as promoting inclusive action research.  She is the coordinator of the Climate Change and Entrepreneurship Centre holds a pivotal role in steering the pioneering and planning of all activities and projected projects to be run by the centre.  A key person in the curriculum development of the university at both graduate and undergraduate level which have seen her develop 6 master’s degrees, 1 bachelor’s degree and two diplomas approved by BQA such as MSc in Ecotourism, MSc in Environmental Health, MSc in Disaster Management, MSc in Climate Change and Sustainable Development, B.Sc. Safety, Health and Environmental Management and other diploma level programmes.  Exclusively, her curriculum development has been witnessed by her immense contribution as the coordinator of the development of the regional master’s degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development under Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA).  Dr Chicho has recently been working with Inter-University Council for East Africa developing the benchmarks for One Health Programme.  She holds a PhD in Environmental Science from University of Botswana specializing in the impact of urbanisation on natural capital-based livelihoods and natural resource use, focusing on medicinal veld products for traditional health practices. She also an MSc. in Public Policy and Health from Durham University (UK), a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology & Environmental Science) graduate from University of Botswana.  On action research addressing climate change, she operates a climate-smart hydroponics garden that empowers youth on entrepreneurship skills and self-empowerment.

Dr Albert Manyani

Dr Albert Manyani is currently a lecturer and Chairman of Geosciences Department at Bindura University of Science Education in Zimbabwe. He holds a PhD in Geography obtained from KwaZulu Natal University in South Africa, an MSc and Mathematics Education Degree (Geography) and BSc Special Honours Degree in Geography obtained from the University of Zimbabwe. Dr Manyani was awarded a Government Scholarship to study for a B.Sc Honours Degree in Geography Education at Enrique Jose Varona University in Cuba. His research interest is in climate change and sustainable development, indigenous Knowledge systems, disaster and the environment. To this end, Dr Manyani has co-authored book chapters, modules, journal papers and textbooks on Heritage Studies (Indigenous Knowledge Systems) some of which are being used by the Ministries of Primary and Secondary Education and Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development. He has taught several climate change and sustainable development courses to both under and postgraduate programmes as well as supervised research projects.  Dr Manyani has peer reviewed programmes, modules, journal articles as well as coordinated the Science Teachers Education Training Programme under the Virtual and Open Distance Learning Project offered by Bindura University of Science Education. He effectively participates in consultancy work, community empowerment programmes such as Wetland Management Project, Climate Change Mainstreaming in Development Projects, Enhancing Disaster Resilience within communities as well as facilitating in Workshops and Conferences, both locally and internationally.

Mr Keabile Thalerwa

Mr Keabile Thalerwa is a lecturer at the University of Botswana who holds a B.Sc Environmental Science from the University of Botswana and an MSc in Climatology from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Apart from teaching courses in climate science and climate change and sustainable development, he has experience in air pollution transport modelling, climate system modelling, and has published in some regional and internationally reputable journals, including reviewing manuscripts for publication in the same. Mr Tlhalerwa has supervised and co-supervised several undergraduate and post-graduate students, and has participated in various high level consultative forums on climate change adaptation and mitigation in Botswana, and currently serves as the Secretary of the Botswana Global Change Committee. He has also contributed to several book chapters and has made numerous peer-reviewed presentations within and outside the country. He has also been involved in several projects on climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as capacity building for climate change resilience in semi-arid lands in different parts of the country.


Apr 19 @ 8:00 am SAST
Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm SAST
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