GCCA regional workshop in Dakar, Senegal

Over 25 people, representing 11 countries, 2 regional organisations and 4 EU Delegations, attended the GCCA regional workshop on ‘mainstreaming climate change in national development planning and budgeting’ organised for West African countries in Dakar, Senegal from 13 to 15 December 2011. Participants included senior government officials involved in climate change coordination and in development planning/budgeting from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sao Tomé y Principe, Senegal and Togo. Delegates of the ‘Comité permanent Inter-États de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel’(CILSS,a regional body in charge of fighting droughts and desertification in the Sahel) and the Commission of Central African Forests (COMIFAC) also attended the event, alongside representatives of EU Delegations to Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and Togo.

The overall level of engagement of participants was very high throughout the workshop. Two participants made presentations to share their experience on the application of the ‘climate proofing’ concept to local development planning, and in relation to the implementation of the GCCA’s regional programme for Western Africa. A lot of questions were asked, a lot of discussions arose from the presentation of workshop modules (e.g. on institutional arrangements for addressing climate change, on access to climate funding) as well as the sharing of activity results, and there was a good, collaborative atmosphere. Several participants mentioned their interest in organising a similar workshop at the national level, as one way of ensuring that the ‘acquis de Dakar’ (as some referred to the workshop contents) is shared with a wider audience and supports action in their respective countries.

A special session was organised with representatives of Benin and Mali in the evening of the first day of the workshop, and another one with representatives of Senegal in the evening of the second day, to take stock of achievements and lessons learned in the preparation or implementation of the GCCA-funded interventions in these countries. They provided a further opportunity to share experience and discuss the challenges, difficulties but also successes associated with the implementation of climate-related programmes.

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