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COP19 2
SV partners from West and East Africa, South East Asia and Latin America contributed to our Side Event during the COP in Warsaw. The experiences we shared ranged from engaging the grassroots to encourage policy change through to inviting presidential candidates to commit to an environmental pact.
 
Environmental pact for a new Mali
During the last Presidential election, Reso Climat Mali invited candidates to demonstrate their commitment to the conservation and protection of the environment by signing an Environmental Pact. This was an especially significant achievement as Mali has been marred by civil war in recent times.

Through power-points and a video, Maiga Mouhamadou Farka runs us through how his network was able to put climate change at the forefront of the public's consciousness.

Civil society influencing climate change policy development in Malawi
Malawi population has not been spared from climate change effects such as extreme weather events. To respond to such effects, in line with UNFCC, Malawi developed National Adaptation Programme of Action in 2006, whose implementation has been limited due to financial challenges. Since then the country’s work in climate change has been implemented without a comprehensive policy direction. Civil society including CEPA and CISONECC negotiated with government to consider developing a climate change policy. Since then CEPA and CISONECC have joined efforts with government to develop the policy.Welcome to EditPad.org - your online plain text editor. Enter or paste your text here. To download and save it, click on the button below.

Dorothy Tembo frames for us the situation in Malawi and how CEPA and CISONECC saw how a gap in knowledge, was an opportunity to influence the  government adaptation policy.
 
In Cambodia, Dan Church Aid/Christian Aid (DCA/CA) has supported the Cambodia CSOs networks to bring voices of vulnerable communities to influence the Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan (CCCSP) with a particular focus on a pro-poor, rights-based approach. The CCCSP has well incorporated the comments from CSOs and already been signed and adopted.
 
Nop Polin gives us a summary of the approach they took and the activities they conducted to improve the role CSOs' play in climate change governance.

Civil society strategies at the Green Climate Fund
The Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) presented how they increased their involvement at the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and are currently engaging in a dialogue between the GCF Board and CSOs. AIDA works throughout Latin America and targeted the GCF because of the potential support this Fund has for climate change finance.

Andrea Rodriguez summarises the challenges AIDA has faced and what they have learnt from their work in monitoring this new institution.

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