Climate change adaptation through Green Works

This 4-week eLearning course on Green Works provides an opportunity to explore how to effectively design and implement green works initiatives to transition to a greener and more resilient society. Participants will learn how to identify and develop interventions that reduce future impact of climate change, while providing employment opportunities and enhancing the productive capacity of ecosystems. The course has been designed by the EIIP team at the ILO in partnership with ITC-ILO

The world of work is intimately connected with the natural environment. Climate change and other forms of environmental degradation have therefore negative impacts not only on ecosystems, but also on jobs, economies, and livelihoods. A major role in local adaptation to climate change is played by green works, that refer to physical activities for the development and maintenance of infrastructure, ecosystems or community assets that have an overall positive environmental impact. Green works, such as soil conservation, reforestation, and flood protection, are highly labour intensive and have the potential to create employment for the vulnerable groups, while contributing to environmental rehabilitation and improvement.

Through this course, participants will learn how to effectively design and implement green works initiatives. The course will focus on four different blocks, namely
  • Climate change and the rationale for green works
  • Climate change adaptation through flood control and rural transport enhancement
  • Climate change adaptation through water management and soil and water conservation
  • Climate change adaptation through biodiversity restoration
The course will have a specific focus on the development of green works using a local resource-based approach, i.e. combining the use of local participation in planning with the use of locally available skills, technology, and materials.

This course has been designed according to a learner-centred approach. The learning journey combines four live sessions with four online Learning Blocks offered through the ITCILO eCampus online platform that participants will be able to complete at their own pace.