First GCCA Global Learning Event, Brussels

12 September 2012 to 14 September 2012

By the end of 2013, the GCCA will be funding over 45 climate programmes (national, regional and global) in more than 35 countries and across 4 regions. As the experience accumulates across the globe from these and other programmes, it is important that the GCCA ensures that lesson learning is an integral part of the process, and that the knowledge generated from its implementation is shared across countries and regions and with development partners.

To support this, a global learning event was organised in Brussels from 12 to 14 September 2012. This meeting brought together partners directly involved in the implementation of GCCA-funded programmes across the world (see list of participants), for the purpose of promoting exchange of experience across projects and countries, identifying achievements and lessons learned so far, building knowledge about the best ways of implementing climate-related assistance, and promoting networking across GCCA partners.

Conference agenda

Day 1 – 12 September 2012: Setting the scene, working groups 1 and 2

Morning session

09:15 – 09:25

Welcome and opening

Chair for morning session: Dr Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Head of Unit C2 - Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources, Water, Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid), European Commission

09:25 – 09:45

Global Learning Event: objectives and agenda

Dr Mark Futter, GCCA Global Support Facility

09:45 – 10:15

Key developments of the GCCA (see also the video)

Mr Paul Renier, Deputy Head of Unit C2 - Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources, Water, Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid), European Commission

10:15 – 10:25

GCCA programme video – Guyana

Ms Tamara Levine, GCCA Global Support Facility, with Mr Aditya Persaud, Research Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Guyana

10:25 – 10:55

Keynote speech on EU climate policy at the international level (video)

Mr Jos Delbeke, Director General, Directorate-General Climate Action, European Commission

10:55 – 11:30

Questions & answers

Facilitated by Dr Cristiana Pasca Palmer

12:00 – 12:05

Presentation of thematic experts

Chair for next session: Mr Timothy Clarke, European External Action Service and former Head of the EU Delegation to Tanzania, European Commission

12:05 – 12:20

Overview of the background document "Mainstreaming climate change into national development planning: GCCA experience" (see also the video)

Dr Thomas Downing, Global Climate Adaptation Partnership SEI Oxford, Visiting Professor, University of Oxford

12:20 – 12:30

GCCA programme video – Pacific

Dr Sarah Hemstock, University of the South Pacific, and Dr Gillian Cambers, Secretariat of the Pacific Community

12:30 – 12:45

Overview of the background document "Addressing climate change through forest-based mitigation and adaptation: GCCA experience (FR)" (see also the video)

Ms Catherine Paul, GCCA Global Support Facility

12:45 – 13:00

Questions & answers

Facilitated by Mr Timothy Clarke

Afternoon session

14:30 – 17:30

Working groups in FR and EN:

1: MAINSTREAMING (EN group / FR group)

2: FORESTS

 

Day 2 – 13 September 2012: Working groups 3, 4 and 5

Morning session

09:00 – 09:05

Presentation of thematic experts and planning for the day

Chair for morning session: Mr Edmund Jackson, Environment and Climate Change Programme Officer, ACP Secretariat

09:05 – 09:20

Overview of the background document "Addressing climate change through disaster risk reduction and coastal zone management: GCCA experience" (see also the video)

Ms Frances Reupena, Water and Sanitation Sector Coordinator, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa

09:20 – 09:35

Overview of the background document "Adapting to climate change: agriculture, land and water management: GCCA experience" (see also the video)

Dr Ian Noble, Chief Scientist, Global Adaptation Institute - formerly Lead Climate Change Specialist, World Bank

09:35 – 09:45

GCCA programme video – Tanzania

Dr Francis Njau, Rector of the Institute of Rural Development Planning, Tanzania

09:45 – 10:00

Overview of the background document "Aid delivery modalities and approaches: GCCA experience" (see also the video)

Ms Tamara Levine, GCCA Global Support Facility

10:00 – 10:30

Questions & answers

Facilitated by Chair of morning session

11:00 – 13:30

Working groups in FR and EN:

3: DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

4: ADAPTATION

5: AID DELIVERY MODALITIES AND APPROACHES

Afternoon session

15:00 – 16:00

Working group reporting back and discussion in plenary session

Chaired by Mr Philippe Zoungrana (CILSS)

16:00 – 16:40

Market place for open space: “Pitching” of topics for discussion during open space during the morning of day 3

Briefing on open space for the next day

Mr Peter Brinn, GCCA Global Support Facility

16:40 – 17:00

(1)  Capacity 4 Development collaborative platform and GCCA Community

(2)  Presentation of the “refreshed” GCCA website

Mr Christoforos Korakas, Quality Management Officer for capacity4dev.eu, Knowledge Management Systems, European Commission

Ms Catherine Paul, GCCA Global Support Facility

Drinks reception

 

Day 3 – 14 September 2012: Open space, technical conclusions, discussion and close

Morning session

09:00 – 9:10

Cap4Dev GCCA Community

Ms Valérie Cuvelier, GCCA Global Support Facility

09:10 – 9:20

The Climate Support Facility

Mr Manu Harchies, GCCA Climate Support Facility

09:20 – 09:30

Summary of GCCA supported-programme in Jamaica

Ms Mary-Ann Gooden, Project manager, Planning Institute of Jamaica

09:30 – 09:40

Open space logistics

Mr Peter Brinn, GCCA Global Support Facility

09:40 – 12:10

Breakout sessions for the open space

Concerned delegates

Afternoon session

 13:40 – 14:10

Summary of key technical conclusions of the conference (see also the video)

Ms Catherine Paul, GCCA Global Support Facility

 

14:10 – 14:20

Introduction to panel discussion

Chair: Mr Simon Maxwell, Executive Chair, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

14:20 – 16:00

Panel discussion

Response to key conclusions from the workshop and looking to the future of the GCCA

 

Moderated by the Chair, with Q&A opportunity. Panellists:

·      Government of Ireland: Mr Noel Casserly, Climate Change Policy, Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government

·       Ethiopia: Mr Dessalegne Mesfin Fanta, Deputy Director General, Environmental Protection Authority

·       European Commission: Mr Kristian Schmidt, Acting Director, Directorate C Sustainable Growth and Development, Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid)

·      Nepal: Prof. Pokharel, Executive Director of Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology

·      Cambodia: Dr Tin Ponlock, Deputy Director General, Department of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection

·      European External Action Service: Mr Gary Quince, Ambassador to the African Union, Head of EU Delegation to the African Union

16:00 – 16:15

Closing remarks

Mr Kristian Schmidt, Acting Director, Directorate C Sustainable Growth and Development, Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation EuropeAid (EuropeAid), European Commission



Stakeholder interviews

During the conference, several participants accepted to give a short interview to share their vision and experience. Among others, Mssrs Simon Maxwell (Climate & Development Knowledge Network), Jos Delbeke (European Commission - DG Climate Action) and Kristian Schmidt (European Commission - DG Development and Cooperation) discussed climate change and GCCA-related perspectives (see summary video). Other available interviews include the following:

  • Mr Jos Delbeke (European Commission - DG Climate Action) (see video of full interview)
  • Mr Kristian Schmidt (European Commission - DG Development and Cooperation) (see video of full interview)
  • Mr Simon Maxwell (Climate & Development Knowledge Network) (see video of full interview)
  • Ms Pasha Carruthers (GCCA Pacific Small Island States Programme) (see video)
  • Mr Timothy Clarke (European External Action Service, former Head of EU Delegation to Tanzania) (see video)
  • Ms Madeleine Diouf Sarr (Ministry of Environment, Senegal) (see video in French)
  • Ms Cynthia Ehmes (Secretariat of the Pacific Community) (see video)
  • Mr Mamadi Gaourang (Ministry of Environment and Fishing Resources, Chad) (see video in French)
  • Ms Nesta Leguvaka (Solomon Islands Climate Adaptation Programme) (see video)
  • Mr Prakash Mathema (Climate Change Management Division, Nepal) (see video)
  • Mr Tin Ponlok (Ministry of Environment, Cambodia) (see video)
  • Mr Benoît Sarr (CILSS, GCCA regional programme for Western Africa) (see video in French)
  • Mr Ranjan Shrestha (EU Delegation to Nepal) (see video)
  • Mr Adikarim Touré (Ministry of Environment and Sanitation, Mali) (see video in French)
  • Mr Jeremy Webb (UN Economic Commission for Africa) (see video)