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Capacity Strengthening in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for Adaptation to Climate Change (CLACC)

CLACC has been a capacity building global programme targeting the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and aims to strengthen their efforts to adapt to the unprecedented impacts of climate change linked to frequent droughts, floods, storms and others. This calls for greater and more urgent climate change adaptation and mitigation action backed by informative and evidence based policy directions. The first phase started in 2004 – 2005 while the second phase ended in 2010. Since then it has been an annual project with yearly financial commitments and new thematic areas.

ACTS role has been spearheading the climate change initiatives in the Eastern Africa region and COMESA countries. The project has helped achieve the capacity building and policy outreach objectives. The policy outreach goal has been achieved via further annual participation of the CLACC fellows in UNFCC-COP meetings. Further, through coordination of this regional project, ACTS linkages with stakeholders in the climate related issues including donors have been enhanced. One such stakeholder has been IIED through which funds for this project were channelled. Following CLACC, new contracts that endeavour to follow-up on CLACC’s work have been signed annually since 2010 when the projects came to an end. Some policy lessons have been packaged into policy briefs and newsletters that continue to form bulk of ACTS dissemination and outreach materials.

Key achievements under this project include; ACTS continued to engage with various stakeholders including the ministry of environment in discussions leading to country position on climate change prior to conference of parties meetings. The Centre through two ACTS staff participated in 2013 pre-AMCEN meetings and pre COP meeting in preparation for key points to guide the African position taken by African ministers and Kenyan government.