The Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA-whose founder members are the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World conservation Union (IUCN) and WEDO) in collaboration with the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for Environment (NWMLE), African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) are holding a series of Gender and Climate Change meetings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 15 to 18 October 2009.
First Africa Gender and Climate Change Training of Trainers kicks off
The first Africa Gender and Climate Change training of trainers workshop being held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, was officially opened by the UNEP Representative to the Africa Union, UNECA and Ethiopia Dr Strike Mkandla. Welcome remarks were made by Dr Coumba Mar Gadio the UNDP Gender practice leader for West Africa.
The Training of trainers which bringing together 16 men and 32 women from 20 African countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan Madagascar, Morroco, Benin, Cameroun Senegal, Burundi, DRC, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa, Togo, Zimbabwe, Tanzania), the Philippines, USA and Jamaica. The participants have been drawn from Civil Society, academic institutions and government agencies all working on climate change related matters.
The first day of the TOT generated varied discussions that focused primarily on four key areas:
- The lacuna in credible sex and gender disaggregated data. There were many requests for such data, where can it be found? How relevant is it and how accurate is this data?
- Documenting the best practice, where are these; Are these documented? Who are involved in collecting these practices
- On technology transfer: Are we importing obsolete technologies or are we improving our own technologies and what does this mean for the work done by men and women
- How do we mainstream gender into climate change strategies? What are the methodologies? tools and devices? These are dependent on the resources both financial and human.
A major concern was the increasing vulnerability of communities living in West Africa who have been experiencing floods
During the second day the participants will discuss the National Action Plans for Adaptation (NAPAs) from a gender lens with the overall intention of identifying the existing gender gaps, what adaptation projects exist? What mitigation mechanisms have been raised? And how gender concerns could be integrated in all of these. The case studies will focus on NAPAs for Uganda, Zambia, Mauritania, Benin and Ethiopia.
The training of trainers workshop will continue for a period of three days and will focus on integration of gender into adaptation, Mitigation, Technology Transfer and Finance which are the four cornerstones of the Bali Action Plan of 2007.
This training workshop will be followed by an orientation session on 18 October 2009 for government delegates attending the Africa negotiators meeting. The session will update delegates who are involved in national and global climate change planning and negotiations on the intersection of gender and climate change and will be held at the ECA conference centre.