RCE Jammu - 2018

Mainstreaming Climate Change into Education, Research and Training for Education for Sustainable Development in Jammu Region: Challenges and Perspectives
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Mainstreaming Climate Change into Education, Research and Training for Education for Sustainable Development in Jammu Region: Challenges and Perspectives
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Jammu
Contributing organization(s) : 
National Society for Human Resource Development and Research, Jammu
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
RCE (Jammu), Department of Economics
Organizational Affiliation: 
University of Jammu
Format of project: 
Power Point
Language of project: 
English
Date of submission:
Monday, June 25, 2018
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Asia-Pacific
Country: 
India
Location(s): 
Jammu
Address of focal point institution for project: 
RCE (Jammu), Department of Economics, University of Jammu, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India – 180 006, E-mail: fk_sud@rediffmail.com
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
The climate is predominantly sub-tropical in Jammu region. The population of the region is most sparse in hills with high density in low-lands urban areas. Being hilly and rural characteristics, the occupational distribution of the region is biased in favour of agriculture and allied activities. The region is richly endowed with forests and mineral resources. It has huge potential of horticulture and floriculture, which contribute immensely to financial strengthening of the region and provide livelihood to masses and help alleviate poverty.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
Sustainable development and poverty eradication are pertinent for environmental governance in a decentralized context to promote greater policy coherence and coordination across levels of government, across sectors, actors and institutions in Jammu region. Environmental governance is increasing concern at the local levels. In this context, egreater participation of targeted groups in environmental governance is required to identify and engage with multiple viewpoints and outcomes, to formulate and observe norms/rules for sustainability, and to embrace science in environmental policy-making and regimes.
Contents
Status: 
Ongoing
Period: 
January, 2018 to December, 2019
Rationale: 
Two new programmes have been proposed to be initiated from next academic session in Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Urban Development and Policy, and Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Urban Development though offline and online mode (MOOCs) in collaboration with Department of Economics. Certificate courses on Economics of Climate Change, Water Governance, and Environmental Governance and training programme on ‘Climate Change and Water Governance’ have also been planned at the Department of Economics, University of Jammu in near future by involving relevant collaborators in interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary mode.
Objectives: 
Community engagement and collaboration in ongoing initiatives and activities is envisaged to address key challenges posed by climate change in different knowledge domains. In above context, institutional support has been ascertained through executive leadership of University of Jammu. Besides, emerging good practices provide key lessons and insights for future initiatives. Efforts will be made to lend RCE expertise to National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development’s community based projects in Jammu region with specific research needs.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
Writing of the course materials, conduct of consultation workshops, community engagement and collaboration in ongoing initiatives and activities is envisaged to address key challenges posed by climate change in different knowledge domains. In above context, institutional support has been ascertained through executive leadership of University of Jammu and local government and related institutions and funding agencies.
Size of academic audience: 
For online programme: Several thousands and for offline programme: 50-60 participants per year in each of the programme
Results: 
In the field of Education for Sustainable Development, following courses have been taught as a part of Masters Degree programme at Department of Economics, University of Jammu with active collaboration of members of the RCE Jammu: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; Sustainable Development and Policy; and Poverty, Food Security and Human Development and a ‘Basic Course in Environmental Economics’ has been offered to Master of Environmental Science at the Department of Environment Sciences, one of the collaborators at University of Jammu. A three month certificate course in Economics of Climate Change has been developed by RCE Jammu in collaboration with Department of Economics. Besides, a two week training programme on Climate Change and Water Governance in collaboration with Department of Law has been developed for water researchers and professional from government and non-government agencies as well as the fresh graduates and post-graduates and members of the civil society.
Lessons learned: 
Local government and agencies are chronically strapped of research skills in climate change aspects and RCE Jammu will engage for projects at local level by entering in to internship or practicum programmes with them through collaboration and partnerships for placements of the pass-outs/trainees.
Key messages: 
Aim of project is to focus on how it fits in to the framework of Education for Sustainable Development and Climate Change and whether adopted approaches for developing course contents and materials are convincing? It will be open for constructive criticism, feedback and suggestions for strengthening future course of actions.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
In future, efforts will be made to collaborate with other RCE in the Region, specifically RCE Srinagar to develop the related course materials and organization and conduct of programme
Funding: 
Efforts are being made to get funding from Climate Change Fund through National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, and National Mission on Himalayan System through Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India.

Pictures:

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Image icon 1.JPG (6.07 MB) State Level Conference on ESD Dr Shubhnandan
Image icon 3.jpg (59.47 KB) Writing research Proposals Dr Shubhnandan
Image icon 4.jpg (129.61 KB) Revisiting Education for Tribals Dr Shubhnandan
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
Indirect
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
Indirect
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
Indirect
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
Direct
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
Indirect
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
Direct
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
Direct
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
Indirect
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
Indirect
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
Indirect
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
Direct
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Indirect
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Direct
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
Indirect
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
Indirect
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Indirect
Theme
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Indirect
Traditional Knowledge  
Indirect
Agriculture 
Indirect
Curriculum Development 
Direct
Ecotourism 
Indirect
Forests/Trees 
Indirect
Waste 
Indirect
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Direct
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Direct
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Direct
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
Direct