On February 17th 2022 was held the closing workshop of the project on “Empowering local non-state actors and vulnerable communities for climate action and resilience”, funded by Open Society Initiative for West Africa Foundation (OSIWA) and implemented by GGGI. This project was launched on March 4th 2021 and aimed to increase the empowerment of civil society and advocacy organizations in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire to advocate for more ambitious national and international climate actions.
Many activities were carried out during project’s implementation such as the mapping of civil society organization, training on climate diplomacy, and development of policy briefs and a national forum, etc.
The objectives of the closing ceremony were to:
- Present the project’s results and main deliverables;
- Gather CSO testimony and feedback on key project achievements for them
- Discuss the prospects for capitalization of acquired knowledge for CSOs and identify the main axes for the related roadmap
- Share next steps of the project
Mrs Kadidjatou Soumahoro, representative of CSOs made a speech thanking the GGGI and OSIWA for this opportunity given to the civil organizations, followed by the speech of GGGI’s Country Representative, Mrs Olola VIEYRA, who highlighted the importance of the project and praised the involvement of the actors in achieving the results. The Project Lead, Mr Charles BAIMEY, then presented the main achievements and results of the project which indicate that well informed and trained CSOs in diplomacy and climate justice can make their voices heard and advocate at the national, regional and international levels.
It was strongly recommended that CSOs further strengthen their organization for more eff
ective participation in these world events, thanks to the capitalization of the training as part of this project.
Discussions turned around the preparation of COP15 on desertification and the upcoming launch of preparation for COP27 on climate and the important role of civil society during these two events.
The representative of the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Dr ABOUA had the concluded the workshop by congratulating all CSOs for their effort and encouraged them to grow further and keep having an impact on society.