AMCOW Training Looks at German Climate Adaptation Strategy

A joint GIZ, African Union Commission (AUC) and GWP study tour covered the topic of “Water Security and Climate Resilient Development in the German Water Sector” in Berlin in June. The participants were from the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and the training provided a closer look at effective climate adaptation measures in the German water sector.

The aim was to share experiences and approaches to climate resilience in Europe and Africa, while also enhancing awareness of AMCOW’s Strategic Framework for Water Security and Climate Resilient Development.

The Framework was developed by GWP in collaboration with CDKN as part of the joint GWP and AMCOW initiative on Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP). The Framework sets out key activities that can help integrate climate resilience into planning and decision making processes, thereby increasing investment in water security.

From Strategy to Action

The German study tour gave the AMCOW participants an opportunity to look at how Germany deals with climate resilience and how the country strategy is translated into action.

A 1,5 day training workshop was followed by a number of visits to institutions, giving insights into how strategic and political processes on climate resilience in the water sector has been organised.

The training was delivered using a mixture of presentations, open discussions and group work, and it was well received by the AMCOW-TAC participants. The sessions were set at a relatively high level, which suited the participants in their roles as advisers. Rather than digging into small details, the sessions focused on highlighting key points.

The study tour, which took place 23-30 June in Berlin, was hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the training was delivered by HR Wallingford in collaboration with GWP. A detailed report on the study tour is available to download.

Photo: HR Wallingford's photo from the training workshop in Berlin