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Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation Learning Exchange

by Mish Hamid last modified Apr 12, 2011 02:56 PM
A joint GEF IW:LEARN/InWEnt Learning Exchange addressing climate change adaptation considerations and the need to mainstream it into international waters management.

Event details


Mar 02, 2009 12:00 AM to
Mar 05, 2009 12:00 AM


Pretoria, South Africa

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Workshop Objectives

The workshop is aimed at assisting project managers and executive secretaries of regional commissions
1) to come up with concrete ways to incorporate climate change considerations into the strategic planning of the transboundary water resources management (Strategic Action Programme and/or IWRM planning processes) and
2) to develop indicators that help measuring the adaptation benefits to be realized through the project implementation

Expected Outcomes/Outputs

· Enhanced capacity amongst both project managers and executive secretaries of the invited basins to meaningfully prepare for and manage the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation considerations.
· Experiences and best practices shared/exchanged re: climate change adaptation processes/practices
· A clear and concise strategy to mainstream climate change into the strategic planning processes promoted by GEF projects, namely, TDA/SAP processes and IWRM planning processes
· A set of indicators agreed that track the progress of mainstreaming climate change adaptation into strategic planning both at the project/basin level as well as at the portfolio/regional level. 
· Revised project logframe, which includes a set of indicators that measure the progress in adaptation capacity building targets, to be tabled at the next project steering committee meeting for approval. To enhance the understanding of and enable strategic planning for mainstreaming climate change adaptation.
· A compendium of useful resource material
· A report submitted to the governments, UNDP and IW:LEARN documenting outputs and benefits of the technical cooperation
· A joint presentation at the 5th Biennial GEF International Waters Conference as well as at the SADC River Basin Dialogue on the outcomes of this learning exchange.
· An agreed plan for continuous learning and information exchange mechanisms among the participants to further advance their knowledge and experience in mainstreaming climate change adaptation into strategic planning of the transboundary water resources management.

Other Information

The workshop is jointly funded by GEF IW:LEARN and InWEnt, and executed by UNDP.

The workshop will be implemented jointly with InWEnt Capacity Building International Germany, as part of their River Basin Dialogue program and project implementing agency for the GEF-UNDP African Water Governance MSP project. InWEnt was the co-convener - jointly with ANBO, UNEP, GEF IW:LEARN, GWP-EA and the NBI - of the pan-African seminar: "Building Adaptive Capacity - mainstreaming adaptation strategies to climate change in rive basin organizations" that took place in August 2008 in Entebbe, Uganda. The workshop in South Africa builds on the experience and recommendations (The Entebbe Declaration) of the Entebbe seminar and is part of the follow up initiatives with regional workshops that focus on operational aspects in river basin management: how to enhance adaptive capacity and what actions need to be taken.

For further information, details of financial support available and participant nomination forms, please contact:

Akiko Yamamoto, Regional Technical Advisor, UNDP

Participant List

Workshop Report


Day 0: Monday, 2 March 2009

Afternoon      Delegates Arrive at Venue
Evening         Early Registration

Day 1: Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Session 1: Opening

Expected outputs of the Session 1:  
• Workshop objectives clearly understood
• Expected outputs from the workshop discussed and agreed
• Participants introduced


Objectives of the workshop (10min)
Introduction of the delegates and expectations (15min)
Session 2: Setting the Scene

Expected outputs of the Session 2: 
• General knowledge on the CC issues and concerns in the region shared
• General processes to incorporate CCA into a (development) planning process (Risk and vulnerability assessment, climate forecasting, etc.) shared
• General processes to incorporate CCA into a project management/implementation cycle shared
• Example of CCA measures in water sector shared (Umgeni Water)
• Example of a tool used for a seasonal forecasting shared (Clear Pure Water) 


Climate change: what is it? What to do about it? (20 min presentation+10 min questions) UNDP


Coping with climate change: Umgeni Water case (20 min presentation+10 min questions)
Umgeni Water


Climate change forecasting (20 min presentation+10 min questions)
Clear Pure Water


Tea/Coffee Break
Session 3: Climate Change Challenges in Projects

Expected outputs of the Session 3: 
• Project overview for each project shared with all participants, including resource people
• Potential entry points for the CCA measures/mainstreaming identified for each project through discussions

1045-1300 Sharing of experience per project
What are the CC challenges that we face? (10 min pres+ 10 min discussion).
• Okavango River basin
• Lake Tanganyika (Regional, Burundi, DRC)
• Lake Tanganyika (Tanzania)
• Lake Tanganyika (Zambia)
• Orange-Senque River basin
• Pangani River basin
• Botswana IWRM

Project Managers
1300-1400 Lunch Break

Session 4: Possible Adaptation Measures

Expected outputs of the Session 4:  
• A draft CCA strategy for a transboundary river basin developed using the Okavango River basin as a case study

1400-1415 Okavango Case Study:
• Mainstreaming CC in the TDA and SAP (15 min presentation)
Okavango Project
1415-1515 Inputs from experts (GWP, Umgeni Water, Clear Pure Water):
• Responses to challenges
• What is CC adaptation and what is not?
• Experiences from elsewhere
• Focus on transboundary challenges and CC
(Using Okavango as a case study)
Experts and Participants
1515-1530 Agree on the way forward for the Okavango CCA Strategy (a draft proposal to OKACOM)
Experts and participants
1530-1545 Tea/coffee
1545-1630 Brainstorming: identifying practical adaptation measures applicable to all. All
1630-1700 Closure of Day 1:
Summary of Day 1
Outline of  Day 2

Day 1: Wednesday, 3 March 2009

Session 5: Adaptation Indicators

Expected outputs of the Session 5: 
• A sample list of indicators to measure the progress in building adaptive capacity to climate change risks and reducing climate vulnerability shared
• A set of indicators to monitor the CCA progress at each basin proposed

0830-0915 Presentation on Adaptation Indicators UNDP
Group work: Selection of appropriate Indicators for projects All
1015-1030 Tea or Coffee

1030-1100 Group work (continued) and preparation of report backs
1130-1230 Plenary: report backs All
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1430 Report back (continued) and consensus on Indicators All
Session 6: Updating Logical Frameworks and Workplans

Expected outputs of the Session 6:  
• A list of CCA activities proposed for each basin and funding sources and/or funding gap identified.  
• LFA of each project revised to incorporate CCA activities (which can be funded by the current project fund) and proposed CCA indicators to be tabled at the next respective PSCs for consideration.
• Workplan and budget revised according to the revised LFA.

Project specific discussions: from your LFAs and work plans:
• Summarise your own CC activities, funded or unfunded
• What can be improved in your  current LFAs
• Propose LFA indicators
1530-1545 Tea or Coffee

1545 Updating of the LFAs / Presentation of updated LFAs

Day 2: Thursday, 4 March 2009

Session 6: Wrap-up (Chair: Mark Smith)
0830-1015 Presentation of updated LFAs All
1015-1030 Tea or Coffee

Session 7: Closing

Expected outputs of the Session 7: 
• Workshop outputs summarized
• Follow-up activities & Way Forward Agreed
• Lessons learned for this portfolio-level learning exercise summarized, including workshop evaluation

1030-1100 Review of Workshop Outputs (Expected vs. Achieved) UNDP
1100-1200 Follow up activities &  Way Forward
• IWC2009 in October
• SADC RBO Dialogue
• …
1200-1230 Summary of Lessons Learnt UNDP
1230-1300 Evaluation of the workshop (evaluation forms to be filled in)
1300 LUNCH
Delegates depart

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