CTI Climate Change Adaptation for Coastal Communities Course, Port Moresby, PNG

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Report from a training program where two dozen academics, government officials and environmentalists from Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands completed a highly specialized training program on September 29, 2011 that will help coastal communities in their countries adapt to a changing climate. The training equipped participants with the knowledge and skills to assess their communities vulnerability to climate change risks and identify adaptation methods that will best fit local conditions.

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  • CTI Climate Change Adaptation

    for Coastal Communities Course Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Sept. 19-29, 2011

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  • CTI Climate Change Adaptation

    for Coastal Communities Course

    Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

    Sept. 19-29, 2011

    Prepared for the US Agency for International Development

    by Tetra Tech ARD, Inc. under Contract No. EPP-I-00-06-00008-00

    US CTI Support Program Document No. 11-USCTI-11

    DISCLAIMER

    The views expressed in this document do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States

    Agency for International Development or the United States Government.

  • Contents 1. INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................................... 1

    1.1. Background ....................................................................................................................................................... 1

    1.2 Objectives ......................................................................................................................................................... 1

    1.3 Participants ........................................................................................................................................................ 2

    1.4 Methodology ..................................................................................................................................................... 2

    2.0 SUMMARY OF TRAINING PROCEEDINGS ............................................................................................... 3

    2.1 Eight-Day Course (September 19-26, 2011) ............................................................................................ 3

    2.2. Three-Day Training of Trainers (September 27-29, 2011) ................................................................... 6

    3.0 EVALUATION ...................................................................................................................................................... 7

    3.1. Summary of Eight-Day Course Evaluation Results .................................................................................. 7

    3.2. Summary of Three-Day TOT Evaluation Results .................................................................................... 8

    4.0 RECOMMENDATIONS ..................................................................................................................................... 8

    5.0 ANNEXES ............................................................................................................................................................ 10

    Annex 1: Training Agenda ............................................................................................................................................. 11

    Annex 2: List of Participants ......................................................................................................................................... 14

    Annex 3: Site Work Plans.............................................................................................................................................. 18

    Annex 4: Draft Concept Note - National Pool of CCA Trainers ....................................................................... 23

    Annex 5: Press Release ................................................................................................................................................ 25

  • CTI Climate Change Adaptation for Coastal Community Course 1

    1. INTRODUCTION 1.1. Background

    The Coral Triangle Initiative for Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF)s Regional Plan of Action (RPOA) was launched in May 2009 by the six Coral Triangles countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste). The RPOAs Goal 4 encourages local government and communities to understand, assess and take action on coastal issues related to climate change. To catalyze regional sharing of knowledge, methods and strategies related to coastal adaptation, the CTI Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group have agreed to adapt and transfer to the Coral Triangle regional and national institutions a short course in Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) for Coastal Communities that is based upon a similar course that fourteen CT6 representatives attended in 2010 at the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island (CRC). This training is the first of the two to be conducted for the 6 CTI countries. This first training was conducted for two Pacific countries in CTI (Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea) and was hosted by the Government of Papua New Guinea. The Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island (CRC) in partnership with the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute led the team of trainers. Additional support, technical expertise and facilitation were provided by the USCTI Support Program Integrator, NOAA and the Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP). The second training will be conducted in the Philippines in early 2012. Both training events are supported by the US CTI Support Program.

    1.2 Objectives

    At the conclusion of both the Climate Change Adaptation for Coastal Communities course (8 days) and the Training of Trainers (ToT) (3 days) the desired results are:

    a) National government, local government, and assisting organization teams strengthened to:

    Identify climate change risks and assess adaptation options for critical coastal infrastructure, habitats and vulnerable segments of society (i.e. livelihoods/gender) in an integrated coastal management context.

    Lead an integrated local early action planning process for CCA (organize a team, conduct a qualitative vulnerability assessment, and use the results for early action planning) and manage CCA programs at the national and sub-national levels

    b) Plan developed to conduct a local vulnerability assessment and identify early actions for CCA in one or two priority/demo sites, with a core team and resource needs identified for PNG and the Solomon Islands for immediate implementation

    c) National resource team (university, experts, links with other organizations, NGOs) strengthened to support the national and local actions as the country teams move toward implementation and replication of the curriculum, adaption planning and implementation actions.

    d) Core team of national managers and resource persons from Pacific strengthened to contribute to regional CTI capacity and future replication and sharing.

    The program for the 8-day course and the 3-day ToT is attached in Annex 1.

  • CTI Climate Change Adaptation for Coastal Community Course

    1.3 Participants

    Twenty-four participants from Solomon Islands (10) and Papua New Guinea (14) attended the 8(September 19-26) CTI Course on Climate Change Adaptation for Coastal Communities. The participants represented midlevel managers from national government agencies, local governments, nongovernment organizations and academic institutions of both countries. The course to enable participants to assess their own communities vulnerability to climate chanidentified adaptation measures and best practices local communities and local governments could do to be resilient to climate change. action plan to apply the skills acquired Milne Bay and Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea as well as in ChoisSolomon Islands.

    Thirteen of the 24 participants stay

    three days (September 27-29) to harness their skills and competencies to be able to conduct the

    CCA course nationally. The 3-day

    trainers to adapt, and replicate the 8

    participating countries.

    Table 1: Summary of Participants

    Participating Countries Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands

    TOTAL

    All participants were given electronic

    through USB drives distributed at the end of the course.

    team is found in Annex 2.

    1.4 Methodology

    The 8-day course and the TOT employed

    activities that address the practitioners needs and immediate options for application.

    day course, the participants used a step

    1 Luanne Losi of the Office of Climate Change and Development of PNG who was part of the Secretariat during

    the 8-day course, joined the 3-day TOT full t

    CTI Climate Change Adaptation for Coastal Community Course

    four participants from Solomon Islands (10) and Papua New Guinea (14) attended the 826) CTI Course on Climate Change Adaptation for Coastal Communities. The

    midlevel managers from national government agencies, local governments, nongovernment organizations and academic institutions of both countries. The course

    enable participants to assess their own communities vulnerability to climate chanidentified adaptation measures and best practices local communities and local governments could do to be resilient to climate change. By the end of the training, participants crafted action plan to apply the skills acquired from this course in specific sites namely in Manus province, Milne Bay and Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea as well as in Choiseul and Western Provinces in

    of the 24 participants stayed on and one member of the secretariat joined i

    29) to harness their skills and competencies to be able to conduct the

    day ToT was designed to organize and train a team of national

    trainers to adapt, and replicate the 8-day CCA Training Course across each of these two

    Table