Climate Change, Sustainable Development, REDD + & Global Climate Finance

Course Title: Climate Change, Sustainable Development, REDD + & Global Climate Finance

Climate change remains one of the biggest challenges across Africa in the 21st century. Africa School of Project Management (ASPM) will be bringing together delegates across Africa to deliberate, learn and share experiences on Climate change & sustainable development, REDD+ and Green Climate Change Fund (GCF).

In-order to better understand the current global climate change, the discourse will focus on the historic, prehistoric climate change before considering the scientific prognosis for climate change. The discourse will explore options for mitigation and adaptation. The workshop will also explore Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). Some of the elements that will be covered include; the Project implementation of REDD+ at regional, country, county and community levels including the current financial resources available. The discussion will also cover how to engage the relevant stakeholders to principles of good governance.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the world’s largest dedicated fund helping developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and enhance their ability to respond to climate change.
GCF aims to catalyse a flow of climate finance to invest in low-emission and climate-resilient development, driving a paradigm shift in the global response to climate change. The discourse on GCF will aim to achieve the following; Have a better understanding of the Financial Management instruments, fiduciary compliance and project/program monitoring, evaluation, and reporting techniques and systems. Understand the private sector accreditation processes for financial institutions; the Environmental and Social Standards.

Attendance Modalities
The first week of workshop (March 22nd-26th, 2021) will cover Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). The second week (March 29th-2nd April, 2021) will concentrate on Green Climate Finance (GCF). Delegates can opt to attend one week or two weeks depending on the content’s preference.

Main Training Modules
Climate Change & Sustainable Development
 Understanding Climate Change
 The Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming
 Climate Hazards and Risk
 Impact of Climate Change to Selected Sectors – Agriculture, Water and Energy Sectors
 Concept of Sustainable Development
 Climate Change Impact on Sustainable Development in Africa
 Contributors to Vulnerability to Climate Change
 Risk and Vulnerability Assessments
 Stakeholder Analysis and Participation
 International Response to Climate Change – UNFCCC
 Mitigation and Adaptation Practices
 Concept of climate change, risk, vulnerability and adaptation
 Risk and vulnerability assessment for climate change adaptation planning
 Evaluating climate risk in community context
 Integrated approach in vulnerability assessment
 Planning climate change adaptation
 Communicating climate risk
 Monitoring, evaluation and learning for adaptation
 Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
 Integrating Climate Change into National Plans and Budgets
 Mainstreaming Adaptation into Policies, Strategies

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation & Forest Degradation (REDD+)
 Introduction to REDD+, IPCC, UNFCCC
 Climate Change and the Role of Forests
 Drivers for deforestation and degradation
 UNFCCC context and requirements
 REDD+ Safeguards under the UNFCCC
 Community based monitoring
 Carbon emission estimations
 GHG emission estimation from Biomass burning
 Current and evolving technologies
 Performance reporting for REDD

Green Climate Fund (GCF) Discourse
 Climate Strategy and agenda for Africa/East Africa
 Overview of Climate Finance
 Introduction to GCF
 Priority Setting and Country Ownership
 GCF Readiness Programmes
 Designing a GCF concept notes and proposals
 Simplified Approval Process (SAP)
 Co-financing
 GCF investment criteria
 Delivery of projects and programs including monitoring, evaluation, and reporting
 Financial management instruments and fiduciary standards
 Planning, identifying and designing of country driven transformational climate investment
 Preparation of concept notes and funding proposals within the investment criteria and result areas of the GCF
 The GCF Proposal/concept note review and appraisal process
 GCF REDD-plus results-based payments pilot program
 GCF Access modalities and accreditation upgrading process
 Project preparation facility (PPF) application
 Opportunities and challenges for the engagement of the private sector;
 Lessons on the accreditation of Development banks and suggestions and important institutional networks to the accreditation of Development Bank of Ethiopia
 Basic fiduciary standards
Key administrative and financial capacities
Transparency and accountability
Project management
On- lending and/or blending
 Environmental & social safeguards
Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS)
Environmental and Social (E&S) policy
Identification of Risks and Impacts
Management program
Organization capacity and competency
Monitoring and review
External Communications channels
 Gender considerations
Competencies, policies and procedures to implement the Green Climate Fund’s Gender Policy
Experience with gender and climate change, including a track record of leading to both men and women.

 GCF Indigenous People’s Policy
 Acquire skills on grievance redress mechanisms

Way forward After the Training
Participants will develop a work plan through the help of facilitators that stipulates application of skills acquired in improving their organizations. ASPM will continuously monitor implementation progress after the training.

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