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CANWAworkshopreport1More than 60 participants from 19 African countries participated in a five day workshop last April to assess climate and development policies, share advocacy experiences and formulate recommendations to assist policy makers understand the climate and energy constraints in African countries.

The meeting which gathered them was organized by CAN West Africa and the Réseau Climat & Développement with the support of the Southern Voices Programme among others.

The 11 national, regional and international African networks, who are all combating climate change through different approaches, contributed to the workshop on the basis of their activities at the grassroots level. Together, they formulated recommendations to guide and orient their activities and help them tackle climate change from the same angle in order to be more effective in influencing local, national, and regional policies.

Those networks consisted of:
- CAN WA, which is active on advocacy, capacity building and the awareness raising of African CSOs, as a member of CAN-International.
- The RC&D, a francophone network building the capacity of CSOs to support African climate change negotiators.
- PACJA, a regional platform on climate justice.
- FEMNET/Mali, a national network on gender and climate justice
- CLACC WA, a regional network on climate change adaptation.
- INFORSE WA, a regional network on sustainable energy.
- Accra Caucus, an international thematic network on REDD issues.
- JVE, a youth network on environment preservation and climate change
- AYICC-Niger, a national network on climate change advocacy.
- RADDO, a network on sustainable ecosystem management.
- Le RESO Climat Mali, a national Platform on climate change
Of particular interest to the group were the issues related to climate change that continues to undermine the continent's development and threatens the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The group was also concerned about promoting and scaling up low-carbon and climate-resilient initiatives in relation to UNFCCC process and the Agenda post-2015.

Experiences shared and Cross learning
The CSOs collaborated on climate change cooperation and mutual strengthening, and shared advocacy experiences on climate justice, climate debt, the fight against an unsustainable energy policy, climate finance, gender in environmental policies and programs.

The lessons learnt from advocacy campaigns that targeted, national, regional and international policy makers were shared and helped the participants understand basic requirements for advocacy and possible challenges they may encounter.

From a cross learning perspective, there was much synergy between networks/organizations and four areas of possible cooperation were identified by the participants. They chose 1.adaptation at local level, 2. adaptation at a local level, 3. energy and 4. climate finance.

The results of the advocacy activities planned by each organization with the engagement of external support from other organizations which work in the same thematic area will be shared on the Southern Voices website for cross learning purposes.

Recommendations to decision makers to plan climate change and energy constrains
The conclusions from the presentations of policies considered best practices were compiled and were used in work groups with four key recommendations: 1) make adaptation a crosscutting requirement for any development policy or project; 2) improve management and conservation of our natural resources in the context of climate change; 3) improve energy efficiency and develop renewable energy sources; 4) plan adaptation efficiently to combat climate change and enable access to clean and efficient energy consumption.

By planning intervention at local, national and international levels, African CSOs will use them to influence the decision makers but also raise the awareness of local communities to combat climate change and address its impacts.
The publication
This publication is a collection of six good practices designed or promoted by members and partners of CANWA's network to demonstrate, with evidence from the ground, the opportunity and feasibility of climate-constrained solutions and draw lessons for policymakers.

Download Low-Carbon And Climate-Resilient Development Shifting From Good Practices To Public Policies
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