CIERP develops and conducts executive education courses for international environmental and energy practitioners and has a strong reputation for developing effective simulation materials.
Recently CIERP participated in four programs in close collaboration with the Sustainability Challenge Foundation. The goal of these programs is that professionals from many different sectors, and particularly from developing countries, will be better able to achieve sustainable development goals through effective stakeholder engagement and negotiation.
- Workshop Enhancing Capacity for Stakeholder Engagement for Protected Areas August 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa
- Train the Trainer – Negotiations Training: February 2015, Pretoria, South Africa
- Negotiations Skills training for Sustainable Protected Areas: February 2015, Pretoria, South Africa
- International Program on the Management of Sustainability: June 2015, The Netherlands
Each training event focused on applying the mutual gains approach to negotiation and consensus building for sustainable development conflicts. Topics covered include: sustainable development diplomacy, consensus building, mutual gains approach to negotiation, facilitation, stakeholder assessment, joint fact-finding, risk assessment, human rights based approach, and negotiation success stories. A 'strategy clinic' is held at the end of some programs for participants to help each other apply the lessons of the training to their particular work situations.
Past courses have included international and regional programs on negotiating for sustainable development as well as on sustainable development diplomacy. Recently the CIERP was involved in Fletcher’s first Triplomacy executive education course, organized through Fletcher’s Department of Global Executive Education.
CIERP has offered short tailored courses on international climate negotiations for G77 countries through the G77 Secretariat (2), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) (2) as well as the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO).