Women's Earth & Climate Action Network, International
The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions. For Our Earth and Future Generations A project of Women's Earth and Climate Caucus and its partner eraGlobal Alliance
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Women Environment and Climate Action Network (WECAN) Centre of Excellence

Related Project:

First Ladies Action of Climate Change (FLACC) Africa



The WECAN program consists of three main phases: Design, Training, and Implementation. 

During the Design Phase, the WECAN team: 

Selects 40 Grassroots Women  participants in teams of two to participate in a 10 days workshop /conference

Customizes a training curriculum based on the specific adaptation or mitigation measures in the community represented

Engages selected participants in an information-gathering and preparation process through facilitated conference calls, web-based tools, and pre-training assignments

During the Training Phase, participants: 

Attend a 10 workshop/ conference to learn proven and appropriate climate change adaptation and mitigation technologies and business skills to address the climate related  challenges in their communities

Receive training from highly-skilled Tanzanian/African trainers who specialize in the training topics

Gain the ability to

1) Design and implement a Community Sustainable  Development  and Resilience Building  project from start to finish;

2) Create right livelihoods and teach others to do the same; and

 3) Develop long-lasting support networks with other youth climate change advocates under the Women Environment and Climate Action Network (WECAN)

Draft a project proposal and receive seed capital to launch a climate change adaptation or mitigation project in their communities.

During the Implementation Phase, the WECAN team provides support to participants including:

On-the-ground site visits and refresher trainings

·         Virtual web-based mechanisms for continued peer support

·         Access to additional funding and  private foundations

·         Pairing with  WECAN peers specializing in issues of  environment and climate change , policy and development

WECAN supports all participants to apply their training and draw upon their support network to launch climate change adaptation or mitigation projects that have the potential to be income-generating.

The WECAN offers tangible support in the following ways:

·         Refresher Courses in technology transfer, business development, action planning and leadership building

·         Provides access to web-based technology

·         Facilitates access to International Micro-lending Institutions

·         Raises Women’s visibility

·         Trains and supports participants in using online communication forums where they workshop each other’s project proposals and exchange information and resources into the long-term.

Root causes of the problems in this field and main barriers:

Economic barriers for women and lack of access to decision making tables.

Build the capacity of women to overcome these barriers.

What is needed to overcome barriers to implement solutions:

Training and Education

Specific needs and/or support requests:

Expertise in Training.

Suggested best local solution for this topic:

A Centre for Excellence for the Transition to Resilience for Grassroots African Women.

Networking opportunities:

The Women Environment and Climate Action Network (WECAN).

The First Ladies Action of Climate Change (FLACC) Africa

The African Female Journalists on Climate Change (AFJACC)

The African Mayors Action in Climate Change (AMACC).

Suggested best global solution for this topic:

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) International

Best practices and policies:

Yes there are such as the GEN Internation and GEN Africa Initiative. In Senegal over 44,000 Traditonal Villages would be transformed into ecovillages.


Green Economic Development for Women.


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Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie posted

Participate in the WECAN Training in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, October 2013

Theme:African Women at the Forefront of Sustainability: Water-Food-Energy Nexus Summary:WECAN Workshop/Training, co-convened by the WECC USA, GEN Africa, IETC Tanzania/other partners. The workshop/training will empower women/MVGs, to be effective leaders by linking with peers across Africa, sharing/implementing best practices on economic empowerment, influencing climate change, sustainable development, building resilient communities and rural and urban nexus. The event seeks to promote progress on women’s leadership / green economic development within the Africa Water, Food and Energy Sectors.

Abstract:The objective of the workshop/training is to introduce the concept of environmental entrepreneurship and women’s leadership, touching on issues of renewable energy, organic gardening, agribusiness, access to clean/safe water and ecological building systems. The question of how the holistic approach of environmental entrepreneurship can enrich agricultural production, sustainable community development and natural resource management would be addressed. The session will present analysis of data collected from projects across the continent, information that forms the basis for decisions in the field of water, food and energy both in Africa and internationally. During the forum participants will evaluate the progress made and actions that need to be taken in relation to the promotion of green economic development, role women play , water-food-energy nexus and link between rural and urban centres with specific examples from Africa. The transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need for a multi stakeholder approach linking women and other Most Vulnerable Groups (MVGs) as active agents of change would be highlighted. The workshop would be a one day event while the training would be a 10 day pre conference event to build the capacity of grassroots women in climate change adaptation, mitigation, technology transfer and climate finance and the launching of the WECAN Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Presentation Methods: Workshop/Training- One Day Workshop and 10 days Pre Conference Training