The Climate and Development Workshop: Implementing the Paris Agreement took place in Irish Aid Limerick on the 29th-30th, March 2017 with over 30 participants from 14 Civil Society organisations and 3 government departments. The outlines of Climate Resilient Agriculture for Smallholder Farming Brief and the Climate and Social Protection Brief were presented and important input was provided to guide the content of the briefs.
It was agreed that two draft briefs will be produced and reviewed at the Focal Points and Partners workshop in June 2017 in Kampala following CBA11. Those Irish Aid partners attending this Climate and Development Workshop are invited to attend.
The workshop also captured key inputs on gender and climate which will inform a future brief. This brief will be discussed in the next Climate and Development Workshop which should be held in about a year’s time. It was agreed that climate vulnerability assessments need to integrate gender assessment tools.
It was also agreed that DCCAE will set up a Gender and Climate e-mail list to facilitate exchange of information.
The 2016 Climate Mapping Exercise will get underway in April 2017 and will include tracking and measuring climate change in development programmes implemented by Irish Aid’s Key Partner Countries and Civil Society partners.
Ruth Wolstenholme, Director of SNIFFER gave a very inspiring presentation on “Managing climate risks and adaptation progress in Scotland” and DCCAE will follow-up on this experience to identify potential learning opportunities for Ireland. Presentations made by Dóchas, Trocaire, DCCAE, IIED, SNIFFER and DFAT are available on the Climate Change and Development Learning Platform which has been improved and up-dated to make information more accessible and will be online after Easter 2017.