Workshop Topics

Natalia Vinograd“ELP program is a unique experience of integration of environmental knowledge from all branches of science and practice. The course was brilliantly organized with interdisciplinary workshops, cultural and social events, and fascinating field trips. It was also a unique opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world, who really care about the environment in their countries. We had unforgettable time and best impressions of California and USA.”

Natalia Vinograd, 2005 ELP
St. Petersburg State University, Russia

 

POLICIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Understand the principles of environmental policy-making and trade-off analysis with respect to food, fuel and biodiversity.  Learn to identify different economic instruments, including life-cycle analysis, policy options and market strategies for solving complex environmental problems such as climate change, degradation of ecosystem services, and renewable and non-renewable resource scarcity.  Learn methods to assess demand for environmental amenities and develop strategies to implement change.

 

LEADERSHIP FOR COLLABORATIVE CHANGE

Learn self-awareness and communication skills for effective leadership. Discuss diverse styles of leadership and becoming agents of change.  How can you “market” the change you want to see? How can you facilitate communities to be more powerful? Learn the latest approaches and tools for collaboration, conflict management, and facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes.

 

POPULATION, HEALTH & THE ENVIRONMENT

Understand global and regional demographic dynamics and conceptual frameworks linking population, reproductive health, gender, poverty/wealth and the environment. Learn successful community-based approaches for integrating population issues with natural resource management and promotion of sustainable livelihoods.

 

IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

Introduction of methods to evaluate and compare the impact of environmental, development, and public health policies. Learn how to design experiments to quantify the impacts of policy interventions and how to look for and use available data to assess effectiveness of natural resources and poverty alleviation policies.

 

POPULATION, POVERTY/WEALTH & THE ENVIRONMENT

Understand global and regional demographic dynamics and conceptual frameworks linking population, reproductive health, gender, poverty/wealth and the environment. Learn successful community-based approaches for integrating population issues with natural resource management and promotion of sustainable livelihoods.

 

RESOURCES & SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS

Discuss current technologies, institutions and policy approaches that jointly promote sustainable livelihoods and conserve natural resources, including collaborative multi-stakeholder platforms, ecoagriculture, REDD+ multi-use landscapes, GIS tools for community-based resource monitoring, and “green” urban planning. Workshop covers three major issues: 1. Working Landscapes and Biodiversity Conservation; 2. Climate Change Science, Mitigation & Adaptation; 3. Water Governance, Monitoring & Management.

 

MITIGATION OF AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Understand the likely impacts of climate change and  alternative strategies for adaptation and mitigation.  Risk management and assessment methods including international agreements and domestic initiatives, renewable energy, and transition to a green economy.

 

SUSTAINABILE BUSINESS PRACTICES

 

 

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Thematic Groups

To enhance peer-to-peer learning and creative problem-solving around issues of common concern, each participant is allocated to one of six thematic groups that meet throughout the course.  Discussions are facilitated by ELP faculty and presentations are made the last day of the course.

The thematic groups continue as part of the Berkeley ELP Alumni Network, with knowledge sharing and forums.

The thematic groups are:

  • Sustainable Agriculture & Ecosystem Services
  • Biodiversity Conservation & Communities Wildlife/Fisheries Management
  • Forests & Society
  • Climate Change: Adaptation & Mitigation & Renewable Energy
  • Private Sector Social and Environmental Engagement
  • Urbanization, Pollution & Waste Management

 

 


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