The Adaptation Fund was established as a means to finance adaptation programmes and projects in developing countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol. Conservation South Africa (CSA) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI) National Implementing Entity (NIE) are currently working on submitting a final proposal for funding to the Adaptation Fund.
The original project concept is Taking Adaptation to the Ground: A Small Grants Facility for enabling local level responses to climate change.
On the 13th of February, CSA and SANBI’s NIE hosted a stakeholder input discussion meeting in Springbok that focused on a project concept to the Global Adaptation Fund. This meeting was attended by 61 participants and represented 38 institutions and organisations. The meeting intended to reach out more broadly to engage with locally-based CBO’s and NGOs whom have not been engaged with about climate change adaptation before.
The aims of the workshop were to introduce the Adaptation Fund proposal which CSA and the SANBI NIE are currently working on; to introduce some guiding principles around adaptation and working with local communities in the climate change adaptation space; to identify what the most important sectors or areas are that will be affected by climate change in the Namakwa District to inform the strategic funding directions; to ensure broad representation and stakeholder consultation in the proposal development process; to finalise a stakeholder map for Namakwa; to determine which of the participants see a link between their work and climate change and want to remain involved in the process going forward; to brainstorm some ‘good adaptation’ ideas for Namakwa and lastly to identify how the small grants facility can ensure that benefits accrue to the most vulnerable groups in the Namakwa District.
This Small Grants Facility will aim to ensure that appropriate and effective local adaptation measures are developed and implemented for supporting increased resilience of vulnerable groups and long term sustainable livelihoods – taking into account short- and long-term climate forecasts. The emphasis of the project will be to support projects that generate tangible adaptation responses, with a particular focus on rural areas.
Ronnie Newman, Director of CSA’s Namaqua Green Economy Demonstration (NGED) Programme, welcomed all present and provided a brief introduction outlining the programme of the day.
It was quite a fully packed programme that consisted of fun and interactive ice-breaker games and energisers; presentations that shared insights into the background of the Global Adaptation Fund, the Small Grants Facility Proposal and the way forward for the development of the full proposal; sharing lessons and guiding principles to consider when planning for community-based adaptation; a mapping exercise to identify organisations that have an interest in engaging in proposal development; identifying critical areas for responding to climate change in the Namakwa District and linking the work with adaptation focus areas.
The meeting also displayed the harmonious working together talents of the SKEP partnership, as different parts of the programme were facilitated by partners such as CSA, the Environmental Monitoring group (EMG), the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT), Indigo development and change, the SKEP coordination unit and SANBI NIE.
The meeting was a great success. Some of the major emerging themes from the participants for identifying critical areas for responding to climate change in Namakwa centred on water, food security, job creation, agriculture, awareness, training and biodiversity management.
Proposal writing will take place between April and June 2014. The full proposal is to be submitted to the Adaptation Fund in June 2014. If the proposal is successful there will be a formal call for proposals with support to applicants from CSA as the facilitating entity for Namakwa.