Adaptation Network training Workshop, May 2013

Training Workshop

An Adaptation Network workshop, entitled Practical Adaptation Process for Vulnerable Groups, was held on 15 May 2013 at SANBI Kirstenbosch. The workshop was attended by participants from the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), Indigo development & change, Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG), Department of Environmental Affairs, Government of the Western Cape, Conservation South Africa and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA). Among the participants were five Groen Sebenza interns, working with SANBI, EMG and Indigo. The Groen Sebenza Programme is a job creation and skills development initiative launched by SANBI, aimed to create 800 jobs for youth in the Biodiversity Sector.

The workshop content covered adaptation terms, focussed on community adaptation processes and tools, and discussed the role of climate science in adaptation planning. Interactive group energizers, such as the farming juggle and the seasonal forecast game created an opportunity for the participants to experience the uncertainties and concerns that farmers experience on a daily basis. A case study discussion on the community adaptation process of the Suid Bokkeveld in the Northern Cape gave the group insight into the complexity of community adaptation processes, as well as on the success of the social and capacity building aspect of the process. At the end of the day, an exercise where participants were tasked with constructing an adaptation planning process for a fictional community enabled the participants to link the learning of the day to practical process of working with communities and planning for adaptation.