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Capacity building on climate change resilience

Published: 13 March 2019
Last edited: 01 April 2019

 The purpose of this block is to build capacity of park managers on climate change through workshops focusing on topics that are very specific to climate change issues encountered at the park level. 

 

A series of capacity building workshops were held in Lusaka (national level) and Kasama (provincial/local level) in 2017 to raise awareness on key concepts related to climate change including impacts, vulnerability and resilience in relation to protected areas. The workshops were attended by delegates from  the Department of National Parks and Widlife, Department of Natural Resources Management, Northen Provincial Administration, Nsama District Council, Mpulungu Town Council, Nsumbu National Park, NGOs (e.g. Conservation Lake Tanganyika - CLT and Frankfurt Zoological Society - FZS) and Programmes such as Lake Tanganyika Development Project (LTDP).

 

The workshops provided participants with key information and knowledge on climate aspects needed in the next steps of integrating climate change in the Park General Management Plan.

 

Classifications

Category
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Scale of implementation
Local
Phase of solution
Implementation

Enabling factors

  1. Availability of interested, motivated and commited stakeholders
  2. Effective communication skills

Lessons learned

  1. Capacity building should not be an on-off event, rather a continous undertaking aimed at enhancing the capacity of both park managers and stakeholders including local communities living adjacent to protected areas.
  2. The commitment and increased empowerment of communities is important for the sustainability of the solution.
  3. Monitoring and evaluation must accompany the process to ensure that awareness and capacity is actually improved