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23 February 2012

A three-day workshop was held to design training modules for the agriculture sector in five countries following the first and second Training Needs Assessment meetings held in January and March 2011. The workshop aimed to meet the final objective of the project titled “Scientific Capacity Development of Trainers and Policy-makers for Climate Change Adaptation Planning in the Asia and Pacific” which is funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN).
The main objective of the workshop was to design training modules for imparting knowledge and skills for effective adaptation. This was accomplished by (i) reviewing training module development concepts, techniques and framework to enable participants to prepare training modules; (ii) providing feedbacks and suggestions on the modules that participants developed; and (iii) familiarizing the participants with training modules design process so that they will be able to take lead in preparation of training programmes in their own country in the future.      
Sixteen participants from the targeted countries, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia and Nepal, worked together to design the training modules under the guidance of training specialists and agricultural experts. The major activities of the workshop included (i) country presentations on the TNA results and findings; (ii) lectures on training methods, training modules design, and agriculture technology for climate change adaptation; (iii) group exercises on identification of training contents, its organisation and selection of training methods, training course design, etc.; (iv) group presentations after exercises followed by discussion and feedback. The training modules would be pilot tested and scaled up to other countries and sectors in collaboration with various Network partners.

Summary

Day 1
The welcome remark was delivered by Dr. Mozaharul Alam, Regional Climate Change Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Program for the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP-ROAP). This was followed by presentations from each country on the tools and methodology they adopted for TNA exercise. Open discussions preceded each presentation. Mr. Voravate Chonlasin, Senior Program Specialist  for the AIT Extension delivered a lecture on training course development framework and training objectives and identification of training contents. The lecture provided a clear understanding of the types and nature of objectives for both the trainees and the trainers, and guided on the process of filling in the template for writing the objective. The lecture was followed by a group exercise on identification of training contents and designing modules in a standardized framework. Mr. Chonlasin facilitated the group exercises for the next two days.

Day 2
Dr. Abha Mishra, a senior research specialist and a faculty member of the Agricultural Systems Engineering field of study at the Asian Institute of Technology, delivered a lecture on “Agricultural technology for climate change adaptation.” Her lecture focused on the projected climate change impacts on agriculture in specific countries of the Asia-Pacific region and provided information on the CCA technologies that are being advocated and researched.
Mr. Chonlasin delivered another session on modularization of training contents as part of training module design workshop. This session was built upon the previous training and development session conducted during the second TNA meeting in March 2011. The main objectives of the session were to guide the participants on techniques used for selecting training contents and approaches that could be used for organization of contents in the training modules. The lecture was followed by open discussions from Bangladesh, Laos and Mongolia.

Day 3
The countries presented the training modules prepared during the group exercise on precious days. Mr. Chonlasin, Dr. Prabhakar and Dr. Le gave their comments and feedbacks on the training modules presented.
Dr. Le presented the guidelines for the country team leaders on the submission of country reports and financial documents. She also discussed and suggested that the countries should develop a clear work plan for the implementation or piloting of the training modules developed. In order to help the country teams improve their draft training modules and revise the final country reports, Dr. Prabhakar wrapped up the meeting with some important points for the teams to consider for revision.
The workshop concluded with closing remarks from Mr. Alam. 

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Agenda and Presentations

 Day 1 - Wednesday, 10 August 2011

8:30-9:00

Registration

9:00-9:15

Welcome remarks
Dr. Mozaharul Alam, Regional Climate Change Coordinator, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) - Asia and the Pacific, Thailand

9:15-10:45

Country presentation on results/findings of TNA (20 min./presentation and 10 min./discussion)
Bangladesh, Cambodia and Lao PDR
Facilitators:
Dr. SVRK Prabhakar, Senior Policy Researcher, IGES
Dr. Le Thi Thu Huong, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, IGES Regional Center – APAN

10:45-11:00

Tea break

11:00-12:00

Country presentation on results/findings of TNA (continued)
: Mongolia and Nepal
Facilitators:
Dr. SVRK Prabhakar, Senior Policy Researcher, IGES
Dr. Le Thi Thu Huong, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, IGES Regional Center – APAN

12:00-13:00

Lunch break (at AITCC)

13:00-14:00

Lectures:
Introduction to training course development framework
Training objectives and identification of training contents
Mr. Voravate, Training Expert, AIT Extension

14:00-16:00

Group exercise: Identification of training contents

15:00

Tea break

16:00-17:30

Presentation and feedback (15-20 min./group)

Day 2 - Thursday, 11 August 2011

9:00-10:00

Agriculture technology for climate change adaptation (and Q&A)
Dr. Abha Mishra, Senior Research Specialist and Affiliated Faculty, Asian Institute of Technology

10:00-10:30

Modularization of training contents/training methods and resources plan
Mr. Voravate, Training Expert, AIT Extension

10:30-10:45

Tea break

10:45-12:30

Group Exercise: Contents organization and selection of training methods
Facilitators:
Mr. Voravate, Training Expert, AIT Extension
Dr. SVRK Prabhakar, Senior Policy Researcher, IGES
Dr. Le Thi Thu Huong, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, IGES Regional Center – APAN

12:30-13:30

Lunch break

13:30-17:00

Group Exercise: Finalization of training course design and preparation for country presentation
Facilitators:
Mr. Voravate, Training Expert, AIT Extension
Dr. SVRK Prabhakar, Senior Policy Researcher, IGES
Dr. Le Thi Thu Huong, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, IGES Regional Center – APAN

Day 3 - Friday, 12 August 2011

9:00-12:00

Country presentation and feedback (20 min./presentation and 10 min./discussion)

10:30

Tea break

12:00-13:00

Lunch break

13:00-13:30

Work plan for next steps
Dr. Le Thi Thu Huong, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, IGES Regional Center – APAN

13:30-14:00

Wrap up
Dr. SVRK Prabhakar, Senior Policy Researcher, IGES

14:00-14:30

Closing remarks
Dr. Mozaharul Alam, Regional Climate Change Coordinator, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) - Asia and the Pacific, Thailand

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Pathumthani, Thailand
23 June 2011

As part of the ongoing project entitled “Scientific capacity development of trainers and policy-makers for climate change adaptation planning in the Asia and Pacific” funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) held the second Training Needs Assessment (TNA) Meeting on March 11, 2011 in AIT Campus, Bangkok, Thailand. Since the first TNA meeting organized on January 31,2011 already came up with certain agreements on the modalities for conducting TNA in five targeted project countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia and Nepal, this second TNA meeting aimed at : (i) Reviewing the process of conducting TNA in the five countries by the national partners, (ii) Discussing the advantages, constraints, challenges and other issues practically faced by the national partners in conducting the TNA, and (iii) Finding out the solutions to overcome and the ways forward to continue detailed TNA. Subsequent to this meeting, training modules will be drafted in a module design workshop tentatively planned for August 2011 which will be pilot tested and scaled-up to other countries and sectors in collaboration with various Network partners. The participants at the meeting included the project partners from the five countries mentioned above, APAN and IGES, UNEP-ROAP and AIT-UNEP RRC.AP.

The meeting consisted of presentations by project partners on the status of the TNA project covering aspects related to the process followed, the establishment of the TNA team, desk review of existing training programs, questionnaire survey process, and certain results. Issues related to carrying out the TNA were discussed in details during the meeting including how to determine the sample size, what should be the sectoral focus, how to keep a balance of content between adaptation and mitigation and so on. At the end of the meeting clearer understanding and consequences was reached to conduct the TNA in the specific context of each country. The schedule of activities that include the TNA monitoring process, submission of country reports and the preparation for training modules design workshop in August 2011 were also discussed and agreed to at the meeting.
 

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›› Proceedings : Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Lecture on Training Principles, Plan for Next Steps and Concluding Remarks, including Acknowledgements, Executive Summary, Background and Meeting Objectives, Agenda, List of Participants, Meeting Photos

Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
22 June 2011

As part of an ongoing project funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, APAN for which IGES operates the regional hub with AIT-UNEP RRC.AP, held a Training Needs Assessment (TNA) Meeting on 31 January 2011 at AIT Campus, Bangkok, Thailand.
The meeting reviewed the current status of training programmes/modules for agriculture sector and designs for conducting the TNA surveys 5 project countries namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia and Nepal with an aim to mainstream climate change adaptation concerns in the ongoing capacity building programs. Subsequent to this meeting, training modules will be drafted in a module design workshop tentatively planned in June/July 2011. These will be pilot tested and scaled-up to other countries and sectors in collaboration with various Network partners. The meeting had participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia and Nepal; faculty of AIT, and the staff of UNEP-ROAP, AIT-UNEP RRC.AP, USAID, and Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), and IGES.

Key Messages
The key messages which emerged out of meeting are: 

  1. Climate change adaptation is also an issue of capacity building and hence capacity building of key stakeholders is of paramount importance for promoting climate change adaptation in some of the most vulnerable sectors and countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Awareness generation and capacity building of policy makers is the key since they are crucial to bring change in the various government related processes and in the society at large.
  2. There have already been several initiatives by various international and national agencies for training and capacity building of key stakeholders. Training and capacity building of various government staff and trainers in the region have been facilitated by both formalized systems consisting of induction and on-the job training programs and ad-hoc training programs that are conducted from time to time when resources are available. However, they are too few and inadequate in terms of their design and implementation.
  3. Discussions have identified the presence of pilot training and capacity needs assessments for adaptation in some of the project countries. However, the nature and details of these training and capacity needs are not yet clear and have to be taken into consideration before making any further interventions in this area.
  4. Formulation of draft training modules and pilot programs shouldn’t be seen as an end but only as a beginning for creating an enabling environment for engagement of different stakeholders. Active and coordinated engagement of national and local governments and other stakeholders is crucial to regularize training and capacity building programs in the Asia-Pacific region.
  5. The Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network is well placed to play an important role as a facilitator to bring various stakeholders together and to initiate training needs assessment and formulation of draft training modules and pilot training programs for the most vulnerable sectors in the Asia-Pacific region. However, piloting and scaling up of these initiatives requires proactive participation of various stakeholders including the Governments, NGOs, national and local institutions and donor agencies.

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›› Proceedings Report

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Pathumthani, Thailand

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