The fourth JCCI workshop was held between the 25th and the 28th of April with the second half of the NGO partner participants. Like workshop three, workshop four built on the knowledge gained from the first two, where the concept of climate change, fundamental knowledge and understanding of the seriousness and presence of the climate change threat was the focus. How to perform a field based participatory investigation with multiple stakeholders was also covered.
The first day of the four-day workshop was spent in the village where the detailed investigation was to take place two days later. In order to get an idea of what was going on in the area, and to locate where assets and hazards were located, the group performed a transect walk in three separate groups, each with a separate theme to focus on; ecological, societal and livelihood. The groups then gathered to share their discoveries in order to increase their understanding of the area.
After finishing the preparations for the investigations the participants then had time to practice the tools and the skills to facilitate them. The investigation was challenging for the JCCI partners as well as for the partaking villagers but was met with enthusiasm and persistence throughout the day. A new tool, the ‘Gender Role Support Analysis’ tool, developed in the last JCCI Learning Forum, was also tried which resulted in the collection of useful and interesting information. The group of villagers applying the new tool, comprised only of women, showed a true interest in the investigation and came up with some great ideas on how to improve their present situation. On the fourth and last day of the workshop JCCI partners presented their findings to the commune council and other local stakeholders.
We are now half way through the series of JCCI workshops and partner participants are making significant progress and their capacity to deal with climate change adaptation is continuously enhanced. There are still challenges to be met, but that is what the future of the project is for.