The Rockefeller Foundation committed to supporting the development of the Consortium for Capacity Building at the University of Colorado-Boulder over a two year development period. The Consortium will be worldwide in scope and will empower members, enabling them to identify effectively mechanisms for coping with a changing climate.
The Consortium for Capacity building will be launched at the University of Colorado-Boulder and will develop a visiting scholars program and execute the following:
- Hosting an international undergraduate conference on climate affairs to be held in Shanghai in 2009.
- A climate affairs collaboration with the Libyan government.
- A project focused on biofuels and food insecurity in Ethiopia.
- An International Center for Coastal Urban Affairs (mega-cities on the coast) in Shanghai.
- K-12 climate education program with the Chinese Ministry of Education.
- Proposal development for an 'All-African Center for climate, water and weather Affairs.'
Measures of performance will be:
- At least ten groups, centers, institutes that link to or become actively involved in the Consortium for Capacity Building.
- At least 5 universities and training organizations that develop a climate, water, or weather affairs activity.
- Additional funding garnered for the Consortium for Capacity Building.
- At least 20 visitors participating in the program, institutional participation in the consortium, evidence of sustained collaborations involving the Consortium, and facilitated by the Consortium over 1 year.
- Upwards of 200 students trained on climate affairs.
- Upwards of 25 trainers trained on climate affairs.
- Hundreds of people expected to gain skills that would enable them to improve their economic opportunities.
- Expected reduction in impacts of climate-related hazards (lives expected to be saved) through more effective and efficient early warning systems.
- Development funds that could be applied to development instead of post-disaster reconstruction.
This is a new grant for the Rockefeller Foundation, which builds off of its institutional commitment to help build resilience to the inevitable impacts of climate change in poor and vulnerable communities and builds off of legacy of supporting policy-relevant science. It will enable CCB as an effective, active consortium and will encourage information-sharing, mutual empowering activities and the sharing of local and regional knowledge for coping with a changing climate and its impacts on ecosystems and societies.