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Capacity Development needs Climate Change Capacity Development

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Presentation given by Isabelle Niang (ENDA TM) on a side event of the European Development Days - Lisbon, 7 November 2007

Presentation given by Isabelle Niang (ENDA TM) on a side event of the European Development Days - Lisbon, 7 November 2007

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  • 1. Capacity development needs Climate change capacity development Dr Isabelle NIANG ENDA TM (Energy, Environment, Development team) [email_address]
  • 2. Why capacity development is necessary in Africa?
    • Africa is one of the continents the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change (IPCC WGII report, chapter 9)
        • Importance of the negative impacts
        • Very limited capacities to adapt
  • 3. The main impacts of CC in Africa
  • 4.  
  • 5. Why capacity development is necessary in Africa?
    • The capacities to adapt are limited and will certainly be insufficient to adapt to climate change (IPCC WGII 4th SPM)
  • 6. From B. Osman-Elasha
  • 7. The need for capacity development
    • Must address different levels in Africa
      • Institutions
      • Research community
      • Local stakeholders and communities
  • 8. The need for capacity development
    • The institutional level
      • A positive context
        • The declaration of the African Union (january 2007)
        • The development of sub-regional strategies to adapt to climate change (ECOWAS for example)
        • The existence of national frameworks for climate change (national committees on climate change)
        • A number of existing projects related to CC (ACCCA, CCAA, etc.)
      • To be strengthened to address the integration of CC issues into national development plans
  • 9. The need for capacity development
    • The research community is there
    • But still weak
        • Geographical and thematic distribution
        • Lack of continuous funding
        • Limited links with policy and local levels
    • A necessary component for adaptation to climate change
  • 10. Scholes et al., 2006
  • 11. Recommendations: research
    • Support existing/emerging networks (AfricanNESS)
    • Increase funding to retain and create scientific capacities
    • Support centres of excellence and encourage multidisciplinary research
    • Encourage large, international research campaigns in Africa
    • Address key observational gaps
    • Strengthen the links between science and policy and with education at all levels
  • 12. The need for capacity development
    • The local capacities
    • Adaptation will take place mainly at local level
    • The main reasons of low adaptive capacity are known
        • Poverty
        • Lack of information
        • Lack of / destructuration of the society organizations
        • Limited power of local communities
  • 13.
    • The development of a guidebook for local decision makers
  • 14.
    • The development of a guidebook for local decision makers
  • 15. TOTAL Idem pour les considérations à appliquer Idem Améliorer la Santé des populations Is there a need to reconsider the timing for the activities? If CC risks have to be considered is there a need to extend sites or change activities? . Which is the problem? . Which kinds of climate risks will affect this problem ? . Which activities/changes need to be done to integrate CC risk ? Improve the quality and access to health care for the populations X x x Autres Etat Commune Other sources of funding with CC risk Sources of funding in thousands of CFA Additional cost with climate risk Estimated cost in thousands of CFA Period 2005 - 2009 Localisation Activities (with climate risks) Activities (in the local dvpt plan) Objectives
  • 16. Recommendations: local level
        • Links with poverty reduction strategies as well as sustainable development plans
        • Support/encourage the decentralization process: empower local decision makers and communities associations
        • Develop awareness/information campaigns at local level (tools)
        • Funding projects which include CC issues at local level
        • Collection and exchange on traditional adaptation practices at local level
        • Empower local organizations and decision makers