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ATPS Hosts the Africa Adaptation Network Writeshop

ATPS Secretariat, September 7-9, 2009

This week, the ATPS secretariat is hosting a three-day writeshop for members of the UNEP facilitated Africa Adaptation Network (part of the Global Adaptation Network GAN) to plan for upcoming climate change activities.  The objectives of the writeshop include, reviewing progress made so far, agreeing on the deliverables and timelines, deciding on the membership criteria, hosting arrangements and the way forward. It also aims to develop a concrete plan of action to guide pre-CoP15 and post CoP15 activities and position statements as well as the required commitments by the respective members.

Some of the key activities under discussion fall under the new Climate Sense Program (CSP). The Program which is a collaborative effort between the ATPS and the Africa Adaptation Network, is designed to create a common platform for Africa to translate complex climate change issues in ways that promote dialogue at all levels of African society and globally. One of the initial activities under this Climate Sense program to be rolled out soon involves a training workshop targeting African journalists, creative artists and policy makers slated for October 2009.

Among the members who are participating in the meeting are Mr. Jian Liu (Chief, Climate Change Adaptation Unit of UNEP), Ms Emily Ojoo-Massawa (Program Officer UNEP, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation), Dr Musonda Mumba (Project Officer, UNEP Africa, Climate Change Adaptation Unit - Division of Environmental Policy Implementation) and Dr Kevin Urama (Executive Director, ATPS) who also co-chairs the Steering Committee of the Africa Adaptation Network.

ATPS in collaboration with the Africa Adaptation Network is helping to build stronger institutions through science, technology and innovation policy research for sustainable development and better adaptation to climate change across the African Continent. Following a call and recognition in 2008 by the UNFCCC SBSTA at its 28th session on the need for regional networks, UNEP took this up by facilitating the setting up of the Global Adaptation Network (GAN).

The ATPS and the Africa Adaptation Network believe that against the backdrop of the global response to the global financial crisis and global climate change, Africa is poised to play a great role in the new world order, now more than ever.

Posted on Wednesday 9th September, 2009




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