Western and Eastern Africa workshop (EN)

The workshop was held from 15 to 17 November 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Participating countries and organisations

  • EritreaWorkshop
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia (including Puntland)
  • Sudan
  • African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC)/UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)/ClimDev Africa
  • African Union Commission
  • Intergovernmental Authority on Development in Eastern Africa (IGAD)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Angola

Workshop agenda

Day 1 – Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Morning (9:00 – 13:00)
Welcoming of participants, introductory speeches
Roundtable – Presentation and expectations of participants
Workshop objectives and agenda (EN)
Overview of the GCCA (EN)
Module 1: Understanding climate change–development linkages
Module 1 presentation (EN)
Group work: Climate change – development linkages
Module 2: Mainstreaming climate change and strengthening institutions and capacities
Module 2 presentation (EN)
Afternoon (14:00 – 17:30)
Eritrea: Climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation – Mr Tewolde G. Siratu, Department of Environment, Ministry of Land, Water and Environment of Eritrea
 Module 3: Understanding the basics of climate change science
Exchange of information between climate scientists and development planners
Module 3 presentation (EN)
Module 4: Understanding and planning under uncertainty
Module 4 presentation (EN) and discussion
Module 5: Raising awareness and building partnerships
Module 5 presentation (EN) and discussion
Side event: GCCA experience sharing  (18:00 – 19:15)
Exchange of information on the status of GCCA-funded programmes in the region
Day 2 – Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Morning (9:00 – 13:00)
Module 6: Mainstreaming climate change in national and sector policies, strategies and programmes
Module 6 presentation (EN)
Group work: Climate change mainstreaming in a national development strategy
Afternoon (14:00 – 17:30)
Module 7: Costing, assessing and selecting adaptation and mitigation options and measures
Module 7 presentation (EN) and discussion
Module 8: Mainstreaming climate change in the budgetary process
Module 8 presentation (EN) and discussion: Climate change mainstreaming in the budgetary process, public expenditure reviews
Kenya climate change finance experience – Ms A. Yobterik, Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources of Kenya
Participant-led side event (17:30 – 18:30)
Somalia: The impact of climate change – Mr Hassan Haji Ibrahim, Adviser to the Minister of Fisheries, Transitional Federal Government of Somalia
Priorities and programs: A response to environmental challenges in Puntland – Mr Abdulgani Yousef Elmi, Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Puntland State of Somalia
Day 3 –  Thursday, 17 November 2011
Morning (9:00 -13:00)
Module 8 (cont’d): Mainstreaming climate change in the budgetary process
Module 8 presentation (cont’d) and discussion: External resources, budget support
Climate change finance and planning in Sierra Leone – Mr Momodu Alrashid Bah, Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone
Module 9: Mainstreaming climate change in monitoring systems
Module 9 presentation (EN) and discussion
Afternoon (14:00 – 17:15)
Group work: Identification of suitable performance indicators
Module 10:  Conclusions and way forward
Module 10 presentation (EN)
Presentation of GCCA support services (EN) – Ms Ana Moreno, EuropeAid
Final roundtable, including presentation of key features of action plans
Concluding words


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Over 25 people attended the workshop. Participants included senior government officials involved in climate change coordination and in development planning/budgeting, delegates of regional and international organisations, as well as representatives of EU Delegations to the African Union, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.

The overall atmosphere and engagement of participants throughout the workshop was very positive. Several participants made presentations during and even beyond the working sessions, highlighting specific impacts of climate change on their countries, vulnerabilities and adaptation responses, features of national climate change policy, and experience in accessing climate change finance. These national presentations were appreciated and added real value to the programme. In their feedback, several participants requested a longer workshop, allowing more in-depth work with more real case studies and practical applications.

On the evening of the first day, a special session was organised for participants from countries with GCCA-supported programmes, namely Ethiopia, the Gambia and Sierra Leone. This extra session provided an opportunity to exchange and share knowledge on experience with implementing the GCCA.