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close this bookTraining for Elected Leadership - The Councillor as Guardian of the Environment - Handbook A (HABITAT, 1997, 83 p.)
close this folderPart II. Workshop on the Councillor as Guardian of the Environment
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A brief description of each learning activity is shown below with an approximation of the amount of time required. The order of these learning activities may be changed, something omitted, or appropriate training material added to complement the training situation. Exercises that are sequential steps in the environmental problem solving process are highlighted in italics for easy identification.

13.1 Warm-up Exercise: A Councillor's Worst Nightmare

Participants read an incident in which a local authority is accused of willful and persistent damage to the local environment and decide what they would do if faced with a similar situation. (60 minutes)

13.2 Trainer Presentation: Concepts and Problems

Brief presentation to clarify the meaning of several important environmentally related concepts - problems, hazards, risks - and to familiarize participants with the problem formulation process (30 minutes).

13.3 Exercise: Environmental Problem Finding

Participants compile a list of local environmental problems from the pre-workshop assignment (option A) or compile the list based on a process of sharing their collective ideas and experiences (option B). (90 - 120 minutes)

13.4 Exercise: Problem Formulation

Working in small groups, participants narrow the focus of their groups to one high priority environmental problem based on the application of a common set of criteria (60 minutes).

13.5 Trainer Presentation: Visioning

Brief presentation on visioning as a critical step in moving from awareness of environmental issues to the achievement of sustainability. (30 minutes)

13.6 Exercise: Exploring the Future

Using one of the risks from the pre-workshop assignment, participants in groups prepare visions of the future. (240 minutes)

13.7 Trainer Presentation: Stakeholders

Brief presentation on the importance of stakeholders to the process of environmental sustainability and how to ensure that all stakeholders are represented. (30 minutes)

13.8 Exercise: Stakeholder Mapping

Participants use a stakeholder mapping technique to identify key stakeholders and develop strategies for making productive use of stakeholder interests and capabilities. (120 minutes)

13.9 Case Study: Revival of Hope for Krakow

Participants read a case that involves serious potential risks to human health and the ecology and answer questions about appropriate governmental responses. (60 minutes)

13.10 Trainer Presentation: Environmental Risk Assessment

Brief presentation on the value of regular, systematic assessment of environmental problems and the use of assessment data to set priorities for local government intervention. (30 minutes)

13.11 Exercise: Assessing a Local Government's Capacity for Environmental Performance

Participants use an audit questionnaire to evaluate the current capacity of their local authorities to manage several common categories of environment risk. (90 minutes).

13.12 Exercise: Environmental Profiling

Participants compile problem-specific, environmental data useful in understanding the constraints imposed by the infrastructure and the institutional framework through which the problem must be solved. (90 minutes)

13.13 Trainer Presentation: Options for Action

Brief presentation on the use of environmentally sound technology to achieve the goals of environmental sustainability. (30 minutes)

13.14 Exercise: Thinking about Technology, the Environment and Sustainability

Participants answer questions about the environment and technology designed to help them act appropriately, responsibly and sustainably. (120 minutes)

13.15 Role Play/Case Study: Evaluate a Technology for Waste Management

Participants take part in a role play/case study that engages them in the process of deciding on the suitability of a prospective technology by using criteria specifically designed to evaluate a technology's potential impact on the environment. (240 minutes)

13.16 Trainer Presentation: Resources

Brief presentation to prepare participants to evaluate the resources available for implementing agreed upon environmental technologies and to overcome institutional barriers to their use. (60 minutes)

13.17 Exercise: Resource Needs, Opportunities and Institutional Barriers

Participants identify innovative ways to think about the resources needed for the successful adoption and use of environmentally friendly technologies and to overcome institutional barriers to resource mobilization. (90 minutes)

13.18 Role Play/Case Study: Taking a Stand for the Environment

Participants take part in a role play/case study and experience taking a stand as a council in the face of critics of the council's environmentally - friendly policy recommendations. (90 minutes)

13.19 Two Case Studies: Learning from the Experience of Others

Participants read two case studies and contrast the implications of each for environmental policy implementation. (90 minutes)

13.20 Exercise: Results through Action Planning

Participants use an action planning scheme to set the stage for successful implementation and evaluation of their selected technologies. (90 minutes)

13.21 Closing Exercise: Learning Experience Transfer

Participants complete an exercise that helps them reflect on the learning value of the workshop and plan the application of workshop learnings to their duties and responsibilities as Guardians of the Environment. (30-45 minutes)