Women Environment and Climate Action Network (WECAN) Centre of Excellence
First Ladies Action of Climate Change (FLACC) Africa
Project Description: WOMEN ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK (WECAN)
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.
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.
Suggestions:Green Economic Development for Women.
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