On the 15th of May, a one day training workshop on the Adaptation Network was facilitated by Bettina Koelle of Indigo Development and Change, and Noel Oettle from the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG) at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
This Adaptation Network was founded in 2009 to establish a creative platform for sharing of experiences, practical approaches and frameworks relating to climate change adaptation. The Network has members from civil society, government, parastatals, academia and business. The Adaptation Network is hosted by the Indigo Development & Change and EMG.
The training provided participants with practical tools for assessing vulnerability at community level and promoting resilience and transformation in the process of facilitating long-term community processes. In addition the links between climate science and practical adaptation were explained and concepts such as adaptation, mitigation, resilience and vulnerability were defined.
The workshop was attended by practitioners from various conservation agencies, organisations and government departments, and a handful of the recently appointed JobsFund Groen Sebenza interns.
A range of relevant topics were addressed and useful tools for community processes such as adaptation lessons and Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) in climate change adaptation, basics for community adaptation to climate change, and the integration of science and local knowledge were explored. Case study lessons were shared, and participants engaged in a simulated practical planning exercise.
Chris Jack from the University of Cape Town (UCT) delivered an engaging presentation that focused on climate information for adaptation decision makers. Jack guided the participants on how climate scientists can contribute to planning adaptation interventions in the light of the inherent uncertainty of climate predictions.
“I found the workshop to be fascinating.” Said Boitshekwane Kgantsi, Groen Sebenza intern hosted at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) with the CAPE coordination unit. ” I have acquired knowledge about climate change adaptation and what it means for decision making in projects”.
Membership to the Adaptation Network is open to all subscribing to the values of the network and who are working in the field of adaptation.