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African climate leaders to present their efforts in support of community resilience at 2024 Gobeshona Global Conference

At this week’s virtual Gobeshona Global Conference, speakers will illuminate innovative strategies and avenues for bolstering local resilience to climate change. On 8 March 2024, the UNDP-led session ‘"Showcasing Innovation for Locally Led Adaptation in Practice: Experiences from African Leaders’" will offer compelling narratives and insights from leaders driving positive transformations.

This panel, featuring speakers from South Africa, Ghana, and Zimbabwe, will delve into how platforms like the Adaptation Innovation Marketplace (AIM) and collaborative networks such as the Resilience Evidence Coalition can facilitate the dissemination or adoption of these solutions. These endeavours stand out for their emphasis on empowering marginalized groups, including women, youth, and indigenous communities, thereby enabling them to confront climate-related challenges at the grassroots level.


Under UNDP's leadership, the Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator (AFCIA) fosters innovative adaptation practices at the grassroots level in vulnerable nations, supporting 44 initiatives in 33 countries. 


The Gobeshona conference is hosted each year by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), a leading institution dedicated to climate change research and capacity-building in Bangladesh.


During the session organized by UNDP, the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), each initiative will underscore its commitment to actively involving and integrating communities into climate adaptation efforts. 


In South-Central Zimbabwe, Muonde Trust endeavours to implement locally designed water harvesting and agroecological innovations to alleviate the impacts of increasingly erratic rainfall patterns on indigenous communities.


In Ghana, BasicNeeds-Ghana has a proven track record of executing projects that yield positive social and environmental outcomes. Through this initiative, primarily women facing mental health challenges or other adversities (for example who are widoweds, are experiencing health issues, primary caregivers, and women experiencing economic hardship) are provided with the resources to cultivate organic dry-season vegetable gardens and engage in small-scale ruminant rearing, fostering climate and social resilience.


In South Africa, ABALOBI's ‘Marketplace technology and programme equip small-scale fishers for social, economic, and ecological sustainability. They advocate for participatory fisheries management strategies considering marine life and livelihoods.


To delve deeper into these experiences, join us on 8 March 2024 from 15:00-16:30 (Dhaka time GMT +6) for an enlightening session:

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