The UN CC:Learn Project in Benin

The UN CC:Learn Project in Benin was initiated in November 2011 and is being implemented over a period of 24 months. The Project aims to foster a systematic and country-driven process to strengthen human resources and skills to advance green, low emission and climate resilient development. It is implemented under the guidance of a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder National Coordinating Mechanism. The National Coordinator is hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Urbanism (MEHU). A first important milestone in the Project was the development of a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development.

Specific Project activities and outputs to date include: 

Background Report, November 2011

In order to set the stage for project implementation, Benin produced a Background Report on National Climate Change Priorities and Objectives and Relevant Capacity Development Initiatives. The Report seeks to ensure that the National Strategy is linked to existing initiatives and priorities. The Report also includes initial ideas for actions to strengthen climate change education and training and identifies key organizations which should contribute to the development and implementation of the National Strategy. Download the report…

National Planning Workshop, 10 November 2011

Benin kicked off the UN CC:Learn Project on 10 November 2011, through a National Planning Workshop in Cotonou. The Workshop was opened by Mr. Blaise Ahanhanzo-Glèlè, Minister of Environment, Housing and Urbanism. Close to 40 representatives from various Government sectors, national education and training institutions, civil society and the UN system participated in the workshop. The main objectives of the event included: to develop a common understanding of the project; take stock of relevant national and international initiatives; identify key actors; and agree on a Terms of Reference and work plan for developing the National Strategy. Read more…

Assessment of Learning Needs and Delivery Capacities, March-May 2012

The assessment of learning needs and capacities to deliver learning action covered some 100 organizations representing the public and the private sector, civil society, and education and training institutions. The assessment helped to identify priorities for individual learning and skills development. Equally important, it evaluated capacities of the national education and training system to deliver learning action and related capacity development.

Workshop on Results-based Priority Action, 6 June 2012

The workshop “Pre-validation of Benin’s National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development to Address Climate Change” took place on 6 June 2012. It brought together around 25 participants from different government sectors including, education, agriculture, energy, health and development planning, as well as non-governmental organizations, universities, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Benin, and international development partners. During the event, participants discussed ideas for concrete actions to strengthen individual and institutional capacities in Benin to respond to the learning challenges posed by climate change. Read more…

Workshop to Validate Benin's National Strategy, 18-19 December 2012

The workshop to validate the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development took place on 18-19 December 2012 in Cotonou, Benin. It brought together over 50 participants from different Government sectors (environment, economy, education, development, finance, forestry, fishery, agriculture, energy, water, coastal protection), education and training institutions, civil society, and development partners. During the event, participants reviewed and validated the final draft of Benin’s National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development and defined the framework for its implementation. Read more...

Benin Government Builds Capacities to Access Climate Finance, 24-27 September 2013

A four-day training was conducted in Bohicon, Benin for staff of the Ministry of Environment in charge of Climate Change Management, Reforestation, and Protection of Natural and Forest Resources and related organisations to strengthen capacities to access different climate change funding sources. Altogether 30 staff were trained. The training was organized under the leadership of the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the local Centre d’Education à Distance (CED) and the Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, with support from UN CC:Learn. Read more...

Training for Climate Change Negotiators, 21-23 January 2014

Thirty negotiators from Benin were trained on the subject of climate change negotiation during a three day workshop in Ouidah. The workshop took place from 21 January to 23 January 2014. The event was organized by the Ministry of Environment in Charge of Climate Change Management, Reforestation and Protection of Natural and Forest Resources of Benin, in partnership with the Centre d’éducation à distance (CED-Benin) and the Institut de la Francophonie pour le Développement Durable (IFDD), with support from the UN CC:Learn secretariat. The main objective of the workshop was to reinforce the capacities of Benin negotiators to defend Benin’s positions on climate change issues. Read more...