All the academic partners have been working together in the area of GIS/RS through capacity building projects mainly in South East Asian region. This collaboration has prompted the need of strengthening their educational resources and identified Climate Change Management (CCM) as an area that merits further professional development among students and learners. Herein, this proposal supports the Digital Europe programme (2021-2027) and is aligned to the agenda of the European Economic and Social Committee’s Social Development Observatory (SDO). Providing a baseline for future CC analysts in the participating countries, GeoCLIC project outcomes will support the EU contribution to the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicated in the European Green and Social Deal.
Likewise, as indicated in the SDO work programmes for 2020-2023, GeoCLIC covers cornerstone application in the sector of Agriculture, Urban/Rural Development and Environment. At educational level, we have observed a mismatch between labour market needs and skills obtained by graduates without or lack of professional experience. GIS/RS for CC is a complex subject, requiring inputs from multiple disciplines and the participation of different stakeholders (private sector, policymakers, researchers, practitioners).
Many current programmes have poor integration of stakeholders, trainings are inadequate because they cannot be related to the professional environment. Furthermore, female population tends to be under-represented in technical and engineering careers related to GIS/RS. This project targets female participation (students and learners) in GIS/RS for CCM. GeoCLIC also proposes the incorporation of Work-Based Learning (WBL) approach and internships to existing CC studies. WBL combines learning objectives and professional experience in order to enhance a pragmatic, progressive learning experience while meeting employability needs. It allows the inclusion of real cases and hands-on experiences in CC training programmes, and at the same time the transfer of up-to-date knowledge to all stakeholders.
Transnational collaborations, especially important in the current health crisis, would lead to improvements in GIS/RS training for CC by
a) Sharing of technical resources and human capital
b) Continuous updating and improvement.