Established in 2009, the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR) is a network of universities and organizations in the Asia-Pacific and Africa who develop research and education programmes on climate change and ecosystems change, and sustainability science. The network aims to brings together the best resources and expertise in joint research for the design of appropriate policy and development strategies, and development of postgraduate education courses and training across disciplinary lines.
Since its inception, the Network has achieved the following:
- Launched postgraduate renewable energy course in February 2013, equivalent to a regular 4-credit postgraduate course in Japan;
- Launched postgraduate downscaling trainings in November 2011;
- Launched two intensive postgraduate climate change courses in September 2010, each equivalent to a regular 2-credit postgraduate course in Japan;
- Conducted a four-country needs assessment to identify key suppliers of climate change knowledge, and priority areas of demand by sector for relevant graduates and specialists, emerging research and degree programmes in the region;
- Started collaborative research on disasters from extreme events (fast change) and long-term impacts (slow change) due to climate and ecosystems change;
- Developed module-based postgraduate courses and training in geographic and climate modelling software, complete with teaching support materials.
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