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Science-Policy Dialogues: Integrating Climate Change in Development Planning

UNEP in collaboration with START, WMO and various regional partners are engaging scientists and policy makers in West Africa, East Africa and South Asia in a range of activities that aim at raising awareness and improving access to scientific information on adaptation, so that decision-makers can better integrate climate change issues in development planning and poverty reduction measures. The activities include national science-policy dialogues, regional knowledge sharing strategies, and regional trainings. The science-policy dialogues are designed to address the need for better two-way interaction and communication at the science-policy interface on climate change issues, particularly on adaptation.

Major outcomes of this project include enhanced capacity in the target countries to engage in the IPCC (to the mutual benefit of the IPCC and the science communities), increasing awareness and understanding of climate change risks, and options for adaptation, sharing perspectives on policy responses and linkages of climate change adaptation to national development goals, and helping to build and promote country-level determination for action.

Science-policy dialogues have been convened in nine countries: Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria, Senegal, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. The dialogues have been successful in engaging a diverse audience consisting of parliamentarians, national scientists, representatives of ministries, national commissions, NGOs and the media, many of whom have actively participated in the discussions. Action-oriented recommendations for enhancing communication and awareness-raising about climate change have been developed as a result of these discussions.

In the next phase of the project, participatory regional knowledge assessments will be carried out in West Africa, East Africa, and South Asia through a partnership between START, WMO, IPCC, UNEP, University of Ghana, University of Dar es Salaam and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies. The assessment will examine how climate change, in the context of multiple and interacting drivers, stressors, and factors, could impact urban and peri-urban food production, and in turn the contribution of urban and peri-urban agriculture to food security and to livelihoods security of the urban poor.

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Senegal Science-Policy Dialogue Final Report, 12-14 April 2010 in Dakar, Senegal

Nigeria Science-Policy Dialogue Final Report, 23-25 February 2010 in Ibadan, Nigeria

Bangladesh Science-Policy Dialogue Final Report, 9-11 February 2010 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Tanzania Science-Policy Dialogue Final Report, 20-22 January 2010 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Ghana Science-Policy Dialogue Final Report, 19-21 October 2009 in Legon, Ghana