Environmental Law

Integrated Planning for Climate Change and Biodiversity

IUCN UNITAR Course on Integrated Planning for Climate Change and Biodiversity

Planning as a tool is underused, not always embedded in solid legal frameworks or not always properly implemented. This project will increase capacity to optimize planning to support biodiversity and climate change adaptation objectives, including through the effective engagement of protected area systems. Through a combination of global reviews and in-country assessments, target countries will be provided with advice, guidance, and assistance in demonstration activities.

The project results and demonstrations will provide illustrative recommendations for legal planning tools that meet development objectives and reinforce an ecosystem-based approach in the protected area systems. Policy dialogues will attempt to ensure that the necessary political leadership can translate recommendations into implementation and sustained action in their countries.

The project integrates climate change and biodiversity concerns into spatial planning frameworks, including a global study assessing sixteen jurisdictions and four target countries: Colombia, Tanzania, Zambia and Viet Nam.

Project Duration: January 2014 - April 2018

Supported by:
This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. 


12 June 2018
Public Awareness Campaign using Community Radio launched in Tanzania
On 21st May, 2018, public awareness campaign on biodiversity conservation, land use planning and climate change resilience using a community radio, Mpanda FM Radio, was launched in Nkasi (Rukwa) and Tanganyika (Katavi) Districts in Tanzania. The programme is being managed by Revocutus Msafiri, Station Manager for Mpanda FM Radio located in Katavi with technical guidance from Doyi Mazenzele, IUCN Project Officer...

03 April 2018
Regional capacity building workshop on integrated planning in Mbeya, Tanzania
Representatives from national and local government agencies and NGOs from Tanzania and Zambia convened from 20 to 23 March, 2018 in Mbeya, Tanzania for a regional capacity building workshop: ‘Exploring spatial and legal policy perspectives for integrated land use planning around Lake Tanganyika Ecosystem.’...

03 April 2018
E-learning course on integrated land use planning launched in Tanzania
Under the leadership of the Environmental Law Centre, IUCN and UNITAR have jointly developed a new e-learning course on ‘Integrated planning for climate change and biodiversity’. The course was launched on 20 March 2018, in Mbeya, Tanzania, by Dr Anna Sabrina Wollmann of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) at the regional capacity building workshop ‘Exploring spatial and legal policy perspectives for integrated land use planning around that Lake Tanganyika ecosystem.’...

18 March 2018
Zambia endorses its first ever climate change framework and action plan for a protected area
Nsumbu National Park is located across the districts of Mpulungu and Nsama in Zambia’s Northern Province and falls within the biodiverse Albertine Rift region of East-Central Africa, covering an area of approximately 2,020 km². Nsumbu NP hosts patches of rare and endangered Itigi-Sumbu thicket, and flagship species in the park include the African elephant (Loxodonta africana), Blue Duiker (Philantomba monticola), Sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekii), Puku and Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)....

Supporting and strengthening ICCAs in Tanzania: Third national governance workshop held in Arusha
As part of the ongoing project entitled Global Support Initiative for Indigenous Peoples and Community Conserved Areas (GSI-ICCA) in collaboration with the Integrated Planning for Biodiversity and Climate Resilience project, a three day workshop took place in Arusha, Tanzania,  from the 26th until the 28th of April 2018. The workshop was once again co-convened by several partners in the GSI-ICCA project: IUCN, UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme, the ICCA Consortium and the appointed catalytic organization to the project....

Awareness raising workshops targeting councillors and traditional leaders concluded in Zambia and Tanzania
On 11th May, 2018, 48 councilors, members of the district planning team and conservationists from Nkasi District Council, Katavi National Park, Lwafi Game Reserve and NGOs convened at the Holland Hotel Conference in Sumbawanga, Tanzania, for the third and final awareness raising workshop....



                                                         IUCN-UNITAR course on

Supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) of Germany, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) launched the pre-registration process for a new online course on “Integrated Planning for Climate Change and Biodiversity”. This online course was produced jointly by IUCN and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

IUCN-UNITAR Course Flyer


CONTACT: IUCN Environmental Law Centre at elcsecretariat@iucn.org

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