Training courses on climate change/Ecosystem-based adaptation in Quang Binh and Ha Tinh

As part of a capacity building program, a total of 30 technical staff members from provincial ministry departments participated in a training course on integrating Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) into development planning on October 25th-27th and November 15th 17th, 2016.  The courses took place in Quang Bing and Ha Tinh, and were organized by the Center for Information, Consultation and Training under ISPONRE. The training courses are an outcome of the Training of Trainers which was provided by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in November 2015 with the aim to train trainers who can pass on their knowledge to development practitioners. During the three days of training, the provincial technical staff was provided with background information on climate change, climate change adaptation and its link to development. The participants were also acquainted with totally new concepts such as Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA), and learned how to mainstream EbA into provincial development planning. The training course constituted  a highly useful occasion for technical staff from different provincial agencies and offices to meet and connect in their professional field of work. It also provided participants with a chance to present and share their knowledge and experiences, and to discuss the important issue of climate change adaptation. The course was a fruitful learning experience. All participants were highly motivated and actively participated in the training. “The content is very interesting and useful for my daily work”, said a participant from the sub-department of Natural Resources in Le Thuy commune, Ha Tinh province. After the course, other training institutions will be involved to further develop and multiply similar courses for provincial decision-makers and technical staff in other areas of the provinces.