Stakeholders brainstorm implementation of resilience against climate change in Wa

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An inception workshop on Resilient Against Climate Change-Social Transformation Research (REACH-STR) project has been held in Wa to seek inputs from stakeholders for its successful implementation.

The session created an avenue for participants to discuss social transformation and research needs, while project partners shared research ideas with the stakeholders.

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) organised the workshop, which was to introduce the five-year project, funded by European Union, to prime stakeholders in Upper West Region.

IWMI is implementing the project in collaboration with University for Development Studies (UDS), University of Ghana (UG), and the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

Dr Charity Osei-Amponsah, Researcher/Project Coordinator for REACH-STR, said the workshop was aimed at empowering the stakeholders including; development planners, to understand core issues of social transformation.

It was also meant to enable them to apply social transformation in their development planning processes towards achieving inclusive development and economic growth in addition to climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.

She said social transformation hinged on drivers of social change at the individual, household and community levels and that the impact of the transformation could be positive or negative.

According to her, as part of the project, the Institute would launch a competitive scholarship scheme for 15 masters and three PhD students at UDS and UG.

This is part of their efforts to scale up research in the project thematic areas, which includes gender, climate change and migration.

Dr Francis Jarawura, a Lecturer at UDS, said there was the need for the world to take concrete action to keep global warming within 1.5 degree Celsius to help reduce its negative impact on humans.

Mr Bimi Bilatey, Nadowli-Kaleo District Planning Officer, added that successive governments over the years  made conscious efforts to incorporate climate change in their development planning at various levels, spanning from National Development Planning Commission to the district.

“Climate change adaptation at the district level remains largely segregated in practice, often consigned to environment or disaster and agricultural sectors,” he said.

Various stakeholders took turns to make presentations on their respective fields, which covered agriculture and research.

Traditional rulers, civil society organisations, researchers, farmer-based organisations, women groups and development partners participated in the workshop.

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