Climate adaptation and governance in Africa

OSISA and HBF to host crucial discussion at COP17

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Strategic communications for WWF

November 28th, 2011

Adaptation is a key priority for Africa, given that the continent will be the most affected by the impacts of climate change. To address adaptation in a systematic manner, developing countries are required to develop National Adaptation Plans, which articulate the countries vulnerabilities. While many African countries have undertaken steps to develop these plans, in most cases their capacity to develop and implement such plans appears to be limited.

Additionally, climate governance issues become important as African states begin to plan and integrate climate change adaptation into all spheres of public policy, particularly national economic development policies and strategies.

This key side event at COP17 - co-hosted by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Heinrich Boll Foundation (HBF) - will focus on the state of adaptation preparedness in Africa; what are the institutional arrangements and capacity requirements; what are the effective mechanisms for delivery of adaptation finance; and, what are the effective mechanisms to ensure that adaptation efforts target and benefit the most vulnerable sectors of society.

The event will be an interactive and forwarding looking dialogue focused on the following:

  • Climate Adaptation Governance in Africa: The Challenge Ahead – Masego Madzwamuse, OSISA's Economic Justice Programme Manager will present a short overview based on the findings of a study by HBF on adaptation preparedness using research conducted in 7 African states;
  • Financing climate change Adaptation - Richard Calland, Idasa
    • What are the real costs of financing climate adaptation in Africa?
    •  Do climate mitigation funds provide an opportunity for funding adaptation in the context of the current financial and economic crises?
    • What governance structures need to be strenthened for effective delivery of adaptation finance?   
  •  Mainstreaming Gender into Climate Change Finance and Adaptation - Kulthoum Omari , Heinrich Boell Foundation
    • Examine strategies for building rights based pro poor and inclusive adaptation plans that places women at the centre of adaptation, financing and development.
    • Where do we need to be taking the women’s rights agenda in order to build the resilience of women to climate change impacts?
  • Building climate resilient institutions: The important intersections between institutional adaptive capacity and conflict - Jennifer Katerere
    • What is the role of local and national institutions in enhancing the adaptive capacity of vulnerable groups?
    • How do we build climate resilient institutions to address the multi-dimensional aspects of vulnerability to climate change?
  •  Beyond the Protests and Slogans: The Role of civil society in monitoring the implementation of adaptation and climate financing - Bob Muchabaiwa, SADC Council of NGOs
    • What is the unique and distinct role that civil society in Africa plays in advancing climate change adaptation?
    • What is required to ensure popular participation in reviewing, monitoring and tracking the use of climate finance for adaptation?
    • What are the building blocks required towards enhancing civil society’s capacity play an effective role the implementation of appropriate adaptation strategies at national level, monitoring climate finance effectiveness for adaptation and other?
  • The role that parliamentary budget committees can play in ensuring pro-poor climate change adaptation and investments for a climate resilient development - Rongai Chizema, Southern African Parliamentary Trust


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