UWE offers new short courses for planners on impact of climate change

Issue date: 08 December 2011

Two new topics aimed at offering planning professionals practical help and advice on the impact of climate change have been added to UWE Bristol's range of high-quality short courses on town and country planning. The topics, entitled 'The Science of Climate Change' and 'Climate Change and Spatial Planning,' will examine climate change and what it means for communities and the built environment.

The new courses are part of UWE's unique range of topical online material to help mid-career professionals develop their knowledge and skills. There are over 60 individual topics specifically written to deliver manageable 'bite-sized' chunks of learning. Topic delivery is totally flexible – all material is provided online and participants can start and finish whenever suits their work/home life situation. Each topic comprises around 12 hours of learning and there is potential for accumulation of credit towards a Masters degree.

Professor Jim Longhurst, UWE Bristol's Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Environment & Sustainability, is currently in Durban, South Africa at the United Nations' 17th annual climate change conference to deliver a workshop on how cities can better manage their carbon.

Jim is a delegate of the Academy of Science of South Africa and says, “Climate change will become an increasingly important factor in planning for different types of development. Whilst many planners are all too familiar with sustainability terminology, planning practitioners are generally less familiar with the realities of and predictions for climate change, and how we already need to modify our decisions about future development.

“Planners and policy-makers from all over the world attend the UN conference - one of their key challenges is to keep on top of the latest science, legislation and advice. From managing carbon at the city scale to climate change adaptation in suburban areas, practical guidance and support for built environment professionals is urgently needed.”

The aim of the UN conference is to share information on greenhouse gas emissions, national policies and best practices, to help intergovernmental efforts address climate change under the overall framework set by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Janet Askew, head of UWE's Planning and Architecture Department, said, “UWE's onlinetopics provide the opportunity to increase understanding in key areas of the planning system. Whatever level of interest, if people need to influence planning and development, or need to support others to do so, these topics will be invaluable.”


Editor's notes

· For more information on the short courses on climate change visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/et/pa/spatialplanning/cpdhome.aspx

· For more information on the UN Climate Change conference visit http://www.cop17-cmp7durban.com/en/about-cop17-cmp7/un-convention-on-climate-change-unfccc.html

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