At the international level, there is a widespread recognition of the key role of capacity building for successful climate change adaptation and mitigation process. Capacity Building is explicitly mentioned within several UNFCCC instruments, including Article 11 of the Paris Agreement. Yet, despite the popularity of the concept, relatively little knowledge and information is available that clearly demonstrates the value, challenges and needs of effective and sustainable capacity development for climate change, especially in developing countries.
Therefore, this session brings together experts, stakeholders and scientist to discuss different aspects of capacity building for climate change considering the personal, technical and institutional capacities with focus on capacity building challenges in developing countries and in the most vulnerable regions to natural disasters.
Keywords: Capacity building for climate change mitigation and adaptation, natural resources management
Address gaps and needs in implementing capacity-building for climate change in developing countries
Discuss the role of research communities and universities in supporting capacity development
Share experience and present practice examples of successful capacity building activities
Discuss future opportunities and challenges in the context of the Paris negotiation text
Discuss demand-oriented capacity development considering specific regional requirements and conditions at country, community and district levels
Look for ways to enhance the exchange and sharing of information, the coordination and the harmonization of climate capacity building at the regional level
The session topic is introduced by a thematic keynote speech on general aspects of capacity development for climate change including the requirements and recommendations of the Coalition on Paris Agreement Capacity Building. Furthermore, the session will cover the aspects of capacity development with focus on the key topic areas mention above (keynote, presentations: ten-minute slot followed by five-minute discussion each). The session finalizes with a discussion summarizing the first recommendations for successful climate change capacity development and addressing further challenges and needs.