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Second Edition of Trainers' Training on National Adaptation Plan: Getting Ready to Reach Out

13 June 2016 | Marrakech, Morocco

One year after from the first edition of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Training of Trainers (TOT), a second cohort of trainers from 17 different nationalities gathered in Marrakech to learn how to support the national adaptation planning process in the least developed and developing countries through practice-oriented and participant-centred learning methods. Representatives of the UN CC:Learn Secretariat participated to further develop the potential linkages between the NAP process and the national climate change learning strategies developed in UN CC:Learn partner countries.

Photo 1: A senior trainer leads group discussions on NAP stakeholder mapping through the use of guiding questions. Photo 2: A group of trainees engages in active discussions on NAP stocktaking processes.Photo 1: A senior trainer leads group discussions on NAP stakeholder mapping through the use of guiding questions. Photo 2: A group of trainees engages in active discussions on NAP stocktaking processes.

The TOT was organized in collaboration with GIZ, UNDP and NAP Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) and based on the Harvard Case Method, a teaching methodology elaborated in the 1870s by the Harvard Law School to prepare its students for the real world through the use of guiding questions which aid self-learning and discovery. 

The TOT was based on on-going experiences with NAP country technical trainings that have been conducted by the NAP-GSP in 23 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in recent years. Especially, from 2014 to 2016, UNITAR participated in the design and delivery of technical trainings in Djibouti, Mauritania, Lesotho and Guinea as well as supported a skills assessment mission to Niger.

Photo 3: The Participant’s Manual:  a key training guidebook developed by GIZ, UNDP, UNITAR and NAP-GSP.Photo 3: The Participant’s Manual: a key training guidebook developed by GIZ, UNDP, UNITAR and NAP-GSP.

Photo 4: A trainee from the Francophone group makes use of pin-board and coloured cards during an action-learning exercisePhoto 4: A trainee from the Francophone group makes use of pin-board and coloured cards during an action-learning exercise

Photo 5: The group of TOT participants from UNDP, UNEP, GIZ and UNITAR.Photo 5: The group of TOT participants from UNDP, UNEP, GIZ and UNITAR.

The TOT aimed at building facilitation skills on the basis of:

  1. The use of practice-oriented and interactive learning methods;
  2. The provision of a clear and coherent picture of NAP as a broad multi-sectoral mainstreaming process rather than a single, standardised, stand-alone plan in accordance with the NAP technical guidelines; 
  3. The tailor of the training material to the country situation of application.

Photo 6: One of the trainees from Samoa performs a “trainers on stage” session summarizing the main findings of group matrix exercises on specific NAP country situations.Photo 6: One of the trainees from Samoa performs a “trainers on stage” session summarizing the main findings of group matrix exercises on specific NAP country situations.

The training used a “trainers on stage” approach so that individuals divided into Anglophone and Francophone groups were able to conduct their own Harvard Case Method sessions and led practical group discussions. The TOT included a half-day excursion to a waste-water treatment plant in Marrakech to enhance understanding on adaptation/mitigation projects in practice.

Photo 7: Trainees visiting a waste-water treatment plant in Marrakech.Photo 7: Trainees visiting a waste-water treatment plant in Marrakech.

Photo 8: Trainees work in group to identify long-term capacity development needs, institutions and change agents for adaptation planning during a NAP stocktaking exercise.Photo 8: Trainees work in group to identify long-term capacity development needs, institutions and change agents for adaptation planning during a NAP stocktaking exercise.

The TOT also contributed to create a network of experienced trainers which would facilitate the roll out the NAP country training programme and the advancement of NAP processes at country level in the next coming months.