Climate Change Capacity Building Program

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Second Nature Consulting specialises in developing and delivering an exceptional range of community-based and corporate capacity-building programs throughout Australia and through Asia and Oceania.

All our programs are completely tailored to the specific requirements of our clients.

What we provide

  • Training Program in form of facilitator(s) delivering content through interactive PPP with audiovisuals/ handouts/ individual & group work activities/ interviews/ guest speakers (connecting over internet or pre-recorded)/ field trips etc.
  • Award-winning educators/ facilitators
  • Tailored content developed and delivered to suit your specific requirements
  • Single day to 9x day training program options
  • All our training programs delivered in English, however options for content/ program to be translated/ delivered in alternative languages upon request
  • Pre/Post Program follow-up options
  • Relevant Fieldtrips organised to experience content in practice
  • Any viable location for delivery of program
  • Accommodation options (we provide quotes to utilise the most affordable and most appropriate accommodation to suit your needs)
  • Full catering options organised upon request
  • Full transportation options organised upon request

Vulnerable Communities Program

Our ‘Vulnerable Communities’ training programs are completely tailored to the specific issues faced by a community at risk of the effects of climate change. Our training programs are entirely developed and delivered in-house by a highly skilled team of facilitators and project management staff.  This Capacity-Building Program is typically requested/ funded by a local or state/ province Government, NGO or private company where the issues of climate change are likely to affect local environment and/ or livelihoods.  Participants are upskilled on issues associated with climate change and are given meaningful solutions (which can be implemented locally) to combat its effect on ecosystem services/ functioning and livelihood retention/ development. Our programs can be designed around a specific habitat and/ or livelihood at risk from climate change:


  • Marine ecosystem conservation (establishment or review of MPA status)
  • Coral reef management
  • Fisheries management
  • Rocky shore biodiversity
  • Mangrove ecosystem conservation/ rehabilitation
  • Rainforest ecosystem conservation/ rehabilitation
  • Beach and dunal ecosystem conservation/ rehabilitation


  • Fisheries-based livelihoods and asset management/ review
  • Tourism-based livelihoods and asset management/ review
  • Cultural-based livelihoods and asset management/ review
  • ‘Other’–based livelihoods and asset management/ review
  • Alternative livelihood project development/ existing project review/ management

Program Overview

This training program provides a unique opportunity for your community to gain a foundational understanding of the concept of climate change and its relevance at a local level.  It involves the development and delivery of site/ issue specific content which will assist local people/ business owners/ agriculturalists to understand how their lives/ local environments are likely to be affected by climate change, and how these affects can be minimised.

All programs are completely tailored to the specific requirements/ desired outcomes of the community.  Program duration is usually between 3-9 days, at a location (preferably) within a short travel distance from the community.  Options for ‘Train the Trainer’ type delivery are both advised and are complimentary with the training program.


  • Allowing relevant stakeholders an understanding of the impacts of climate change on their lives
  • Bringing a wide range of stakeholders together in a positive, meaningful, and supportive way to voice their concerns and to create desired solutions to issues associated with climate change
  • Providing an equal opportunity for all relevant stakeholders at a local level to be part of the solution on adapting to climate change
  • Learning to best care for/ harvest/ manage natural resources
  • Learning opportunities delivered within a classroom setting and in the field
  • Opportunity to engage with experts in a variety of fields
  • Training of local people to deliver in-country programs themselves in future

More Information

  • All deliverable content (PPP)/ activities/ handouts/ equipment required to deliver the training program in English
  • Expert facilitator(s)
  • Instructions on list of tasks to be undertaken to contact relevant stakeholders and how to administer the on-site organisation to delivering the program
  • Establishment of an ongoing monitoring program to measure success (where requested)
  • Site-specific habitat/ livelihood information and relevant case studies
  • Habitat/ livelihood management experts available via internet interviews
  • Implementing a proactive, community-involved project to reduce the adverse effects of climate change
  • Opportunity for local (emerging) leaders to be trained to deliver similar programs in future (all programs are developed and delivered as ‘Train the Trainer’ programs)
  • Increased awareness and introductory/ intermediate (level of upskilling available upon request) understanding of the concept of climate change
  • Increased awareness and introductory understanding of the effects of climate change at a global/ regional level and an intermediate understanding at a local level
  • Increased awareness and understanding of current local ecosystem status/ health/ services/ management/ utilisation
  • Awareness of other impacts of human activities on ecosystems at a global/ regional/ local level (e.g. habitat destruction, overharvesting, invasive species, erosion, islandisation etc.)
  • Increased awareness and intermediate understanding of implementable sustainable behaviours that minimise these issues
  • Development of a roadmap to follow to minimise the effects of climate change on local ecosystems and livelihoods at a local level
  • Development of a resource toolkit to monitor progress on the implementation of the program
  • Initiate & develop a sense of connection to and feeling of stewardship towards local ecosystems
  • An understanding of the complex processes involved in managing local habitats in a sustainable manner
  • An understanding of the complex processes involved in managing local livelihoods in a sustainable manner
Example Itinerary

Below is an example itinerary for the first day of a 7-day “Climate Change” Capacity Building Program.

08:30-09:15 OPENING EXERCISE: Personal timeline of change in the coastal and marine Environment


09:30-10:15 INTRODUCTIONS: Individuals introductions through the explanation of the timeline


10:15-10:45 QUESTIONNAIRE: Global Warming – What Do You Know?
10:45-11:00 BREAK

·     What is climate?

·     The history of climate change

·     The ‘Greenhouse Effect’

·     How has climate already changed?

·     What has been the result of this change so far?

·     How will climate change in future?

·     What will be the result of this change?

11:30-11:45 VIDEO: Fossil Fuels – The Engines of our Lives (12min – PBS) OR equivalent
11:45-13:00 EXERCISE 1.1: Each One – Teach One: Team presentations on 1) the structure of the atmosphere; 2) heat trapping gases in the atmosphere; 3) the ‘Greenhouse Effect’
13:00-14:00 LUNCH
14:00-14:30 VIDEO: Watching The World Change (12min – PBS) OR equivalent

·     Fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions

·     Deforestation and carbon dioxide

·     Animals and methane

·     Other sources of CO2 emissions


·     Natural climate variability – sea level changes during the past 18,000 years

·     Study of earlier climate based on indirect evidence

·     How the study of past climate changes provides insights into human induced climate change

15:00-15:45 EXERCISE 1.2: Climate change at local and global scales using direct observation and historic data
15:45-16:00 BREAK
16:00-16:15 1.4 WHERE DO WE START?

·     The policy makers challenge to limit emissions

·     Cost-effective policies

·     New energy technologies

·     New approaches to agriculture and forestry and coastal resource management

·     Global cooperation and technology


·     Global climate change conventions

·     Regional response to climate change

·     Local response to climate change

·     Individual response to climate change


·     Financing to address the causes and consequences of climate change

17:00-17:15 VIDEO: Ten Years To Reverse the Course (10 mins PBS)


HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS: Two (2x) teams will each be assigned a case study to review and present to the class on Day 2 (Sea Turtles and The Philippines).