In 2019, ClimatecontactConsultancy, has initiated, together with Future Climate for Africa (FCFA), a second round of the e-learning for reviewing the draft reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The purpose of this e-learning was to increase the involvement of expert reviewers from all developing countries (Africa, it now included Central and South America and South East Asia) in IPCC reports and focused on the first version of the Working Group II report (Climate change: impacts, adaptation and vulnerability)
Participation of African experts in IPCC review gets a boost
ClimateContact Consultancy has initiated, developed and implemented an e-learning course on reviewing draft IPCC reports. This project was funded by the Future Climate for Africa program (FCFA) and the Climate Knowledge and Development Network (CDKN), commissioned and hosted by SouthSouthNorth (SSN) from Cape Town, South Africa.
The (micro) e-learning course was developed to raise awareness and support interested African climate experts to get involved in the IPCC review process The course, that took place in June and July 2018, has been given a boost to the historically low participation of African experts (0.5-2%) in the review of IPCC assessment reports. It consisted of three webinars, introducing the IPCC and best practice for review techniques. Feedback polls showed that these webinars were well appreciated by its participants. The course also included one-to-one discussions to support prospective reviewers of two draft IPCC reports the Special Report on Climate Change and Land, and Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees.
We succeeded in considerably enhancing the number of reviewers from the African continent compared to previous IPCC Draft reports– at least in the review of the First Order Draft of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land. The content on the course can be found on the the FCFA website as well.
Utrecht, September 26, 2018