Building Long Term Capacity for Managing and Adapting to Climate Change in Africa and Asia is a program that aims to enhance capacity in selected less developed countries across Africa, South and Southeast Asia to better understand and manage risks associated with global change, particularly climate change and variability.
The program aims to convene and enhance the capacity of national level interdisciplinary resource groups that will include representatives from universities, scientific research institutes, government, industry, NGOs, and others. The program’s main objectives are as follows:
- To develop research capacity in targeted less developed countries (at both the national and regional level) to analyze and assess the risks associated with climate change and variability;
- To enhance linkages between national resource groups and countries through regional science-technology-policy networks; and
- To stimulate science-policy dialogue to ensure that research contributes to the formulation and implementation of climate risk management and adaptation strategies, particularly as a part of national programs and policies.
The program is designed for implementation in two phases. Phase I, which began in January 2008 and ended in March 2009, was a brief scoping study that assessed targeted countries’ current education and training capacities for improving research and understanding of vulnerability, adaptation and resilience to climate risks and their relevant capacity building priorities. The design and development of Phase II of the program, envisioned as a longer-term collaborative capacity building initiative, will be directly informed by the results and recommendations of Phase I scoping activities. In addition to the national resource groups, potential Phase II program components include regional workshops and training seminars, support for traveling faculty and visiting experts, the development of curricula and training materials and research fellowships.
Phase I of the program targeted the following twelve countries in Africa: Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Phase I activities targeted Bhutan and Nepal in South Asia and Cambodia, East Timor, Lao PDR and Myanmar (Burma) in Southeast Asia.
A major activity of Phase I of the program was the Africa Regional Scoping Workshop, held 13-14 June 2008 at the Farm Inn in Pretoria, South Africa. The workshop brought together participants from targeted countries in Africa so that they might share and discuss their countries’ national education and training capacities and needs and begin to identify the country and regional needs that could be targeted by the proposed program. The workshop also aimed to scope out future programming and activities to address identified priorities and to serve as a means for identifying relevant stakeholder institutions and individuals for in-country follow-up activities, including Country Planning Meetings.
Country Planning Meetings, envisioned as national level, workshop follow-on discussions with relevant stakeholders, sought to 1) continue the detailed assessment of targeted countries’ relevant education and training capacities and needs, 2) start defining and refining lists of the most appropriate participants for national resource groups, and 3) formulate recommendations for Phase II program components and activities in the targeted countries. In-country consultations with relevant national stakeholders were also expected to support continued identification and scoping of the involvement of relevant institutions and individuals as well as strengthened linkages and synergies with on-going processes. Country Planning Meetings were facilitated in five of the program’s targeted countries in Africa and three targeted countries in Asia.
Results and recommendations from both the Africa Regional Scoping Workshop and Country Planning Meetings in Africa and Asia will inform design and development of future program components. A final report that summarizes activities completed during Phase I of the program and relevant country priorities as assessed during Phase I activities in Africa and in Asia will be available for download soon.
Phase I of the program Building Long Term Capacity for Managing and Adapting to Climate Change in Africa and Asia was funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). START collaborated with the Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA) of the University of Dar Es Salaam – also home to the Pan-African START Secretariat (PASS) – and a mix of staff from the Stockholm Environment Institute’s offices in Oxford and Cape Town to execute Phase I program activities in Africa. The SEI-Asia Centre in Bangkok, Thailand held primary responsibility for organizing and executing Phase I program activities in Asia.
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Last Updated on February 29th, 2012