Climate Change Adaptation in Lesotho
NATIONAL LEVEL TRAINING
Training and awareness raising programmes were organized for approximately 40 national technical staff members, including the Ministry of Forestry and Land Reclamation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Disaster Management Authority on topics such as climate change impacts, risks, vulnerabilities and viable adaptation strategies/practices with special emphasis on the most vulnerable production and livelihood systems. Support was provided to the Ministry of Forestry and Land Reclamation (focal point for this TCP) for the establishment of an information and knowledge base (provision of software for data storage and training) on climate change adaptation focusing on key agricultural based livelihood system. Information generated at district and community level feed into this system.
Support was provided for the identification, analysis and documentation of the roles of key organizations involved in climate risk preparedness at the national and district levels. The analysis was carried out to understand the socio-economic, policy, regulatory and technical barriers that play a role in natural resources degradation as well as influence the up-scaling of adaptation practices at farm and community level to address climate change risks.
DISTRICT LEVEL TRAINING
Training programmes were organized for about 90 district level (30 in each district) technical staff (i.e. crops, livestock, extension, forestry, and land and water management) on basic topics, including community participation, livelihood profiling and problem identification, climate change adaptation, procedures of field demonstration of adaptation practices at the community level and the extension strategies.
COMMUNITY LEVEL TRAINING
Introductory training was organized in each of the three watersheds of project implementation. The participants included farmers, community representatives, farmers and women group associations, local NGOs, local leaders, etc. About 40 participants from each watershed and a total of 120 participants were trained in the selected watersheds. The purpose of the introductory training was to introduce the prioritized climate change adaptation practices and enhance community participation at the district level. Also a one-day training course for feedback on impact of demonstration at farm level and application of suitable adaptation practices took place. About 30 staff (including some working at the watershed level) participated from each district with a total number of 90 participants.
A national inception workshop was organized to discuss the project's objective, impact, outputs, activities, stakeholders and implementation and management arrangements. At the end of the project, a national Wrap-up workshop was organized for policy-makers to disseminate the main findings and lessons learned from the TCP experience (particularly with regard to implementation of the NAPA) as well as to systematically address the issues of integrating climate change concerns into sectoral and national development policy and planning as well as the up-scaling of successful adaptation processes and practices in other areas and programmes. District officials representing the relevant line ministries were also involved. Other workshops and district level took place at the beginning, during implementation and at the end of project for sharing and exchange of information, lessons learned and good practices.