Investing in People and Learning to Foster a Climate Resilient and Green Transition

UN CC:Learn in Central America

Scaling-up Climate Change Education, Training and Awareness-Raising through a Regional Programme 

The programme in Central America was initiated in 2015 as the first regional programme supported by the UN CC:Learn partnership. It aims to leverage the region’s existing experience and capacities in the area of climate change learning, define a concrete action plan that generates synergies among participating countries, jointly implement priority actions and scale up this collaboration for long-term impact. The programme is implemented by Members of the Central American Integration System (SICA) as part of measures for further implementation of the 2010 Regional Strategy on Climate Change (RSCC). It emerged following the successful development and implementation of the National Climate Change Learning Strategy of the Dominican Republic.

Vision – National climate change learning activities are scaled-up through regional cooperation and experience-sharingVision – National climate change learning activities are scaled-up through regional cooperation and experience-sharing

Programme Goal and Objectives

The overall goal of the regional programme is to increase climate change knowledge and skills throughout Central America in ways that promote improved personal and social resilience. Specific objectives include: 

  • Foster a higher quality public debate about climate change informed by evidence-based media coverage and awareness-raising activities.
  • Integrate climate change in national education systems throughout the region building on existing experiences.
  • Equip professionals in Central America with the necessary competencies to address climate change issues that are of relevance for countries across the region.
  • Increase capacities of national and regional training institutions to act as service providers in climate change related education and training.
  • Strengthen regional cooperation to maximize synergies and common initiatives to plan better and make use of existing resources, channel more funding and increase the effectiveness of climate change learning.

Intervention logic of the regional climate change learning programmeIntervention logic of the regional climate change learning programme

Outputs and Activities

The initial phase of the regional programme is running until February 2017. Over this period, a number of information gathering, planning, coordination and experience-sharing activities are carried out, together with a resource mobilization effort to be able to roll out a full programme in all SICA countries for a further five-year period (2017-2022). The pilot phase also includes early implementation activities demonstrating the value of a regional approach to climate change education, training and awareness-raising.

Specific deliverables in 2016-2017 include: 

Background Report 

An important aspect of the regional programme is that it is based on and provides value added to existing climate change policies, initiatives and institutions in Central America. Therefore, as a first step in the process relevant information is being gathered and compiled in a background report. The report is also reviewing existing capacities of Central American countries in terms of delivering climate change learning and highlights a number of learning priorities for the three areas of education, training and public awareness-raising. 

Regional Action Plan on Climate Change Education, Training and Awareness-Raising 

The intention of developing a regional Action Plan is to generate a strategic and consultative process under which all SICA countries identify climate change learning activities that are the most relevant and feasible in their national contexts but with the potential for creating synergies with other Central American countries. The time horizon of the action plan will be 2017-2022. In addition to suggestions for specific actions, the plan will also provide the main elements of the full implementation phase of the regional programme. 

Ms. Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forests, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of Belize, speaking at SICA COP 20 side eventMs. Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forests, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of Belize, speaking at SICA COP 20 side event

Implementation of Priority Learning Actions in SICA Countries

The regional plan is expected to define concrete priority actions in each country regarding climate change education, training and public awareness-raising. From this more comprehensive list, a number of actions will be selected that can be implemented in several countries at the same time, albeit considering national differences. The purpose is to mobilize national initiatives while fostering synergies that have a regional impact and international visibility.  

Working group on a sub-regional action plan for education for sustainable development and climate change, 13 May 2015, University of Peace, Costa RicaWorking group on a sub-regional action plan for education for sustainable development and climate change, 13 May 2015, University of Peace, Costa Rica

Regional Experience-Sharing Forum

In early 2017, Regional Forum will be organized back to back with a with a high-level SICA event. The Forum will serve as a space for experience-sharing and promoting the background report and the regional action plan. It will also allow monitoring progress in implementing priority actions and provide an occasion for the launch of the full implementation phase of the regional programme.