On the 4th and 5th of October, Conservation South Africa (CSA) and Indigo Development and Change (Indigo) hosted a workshop on Community-based adaptation to climate change as part of the CitiGroup funded Skeppies Building Resilience to Climate Change Programme.
The two day workshop which focused on community-based adaptation (CBA) was held at the Kokerboom Conference Centre in Springbok and boasted 31 people in attendance, representing 12 Skeppies projects that travelled from as far afield as Leliefontein and Kuboes.
The aims of the workshop were to facilitate participatory learning around core climate change and adaptation concepts; to share experiences; to identify opportunities for the Skeppies project teams to support one another; to introduce the basic concepts of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE); to obtain inputs for a proposed Skeppies monitoring and evaluation framework; to inform project implementers of the new Skeppies strategic direction and to introduce Wildlands Conservation Trust’s ‘Greenpreneurs’ model.
Day one was very interactive and was facilitated by the Indigo team. Here participants were encouraged to share their experiences and understandings of climate change and adaptation by means of games, role-plays, discussion sessions, and a knowledge exchange session with a farmer from the Heiveld Rooibos Tea cooperative in the Suid-Bokkeveld.
The second day of the workshop focused first on Skeppies monitoring, the Skeppies strategy, and capacity building around BEE and BBBEE certification for small businesses. This took the form of presentations by various speakers. Later more discussion was encouraged as project implementers provided their project updates and then spent some time working on a new Skeppies network concept and identifying ways to work better together and support each other.
Project implementers were excited and intrigued by the Greenpreneur model, re-labelling it ‘Iets vir Iets’ (‘Something for Something’). The idea of a network of Skeppies projects, supporting and promoting each other, was born and the workshop participants felt comfortable and confident enough to propose steps forward. The relaxed pace and participatory nature of the workshop, the interaction and sharing experiences made for a creative space and allowed the Skeppies project implementers to discover innovative ways to work together.