“Why”, “what” and “how” is it important to build capacities towards NDC implementation and the global stocktake? These were the three questions inquired during the Impulsouth event at COP26. The questions were addressed by country representatives and panelists from Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Madagascar, Niger, Uganda and Zambia, key countries partners of Impulsouth.

During the event,  held on the 10th of November, 2021, at the 3rd Capacity-Building Hub during COP26 in Glasgow, Sara González, Head of International Relations at the National Council on Climate Change in Dominican Republic and Aurelius C. Nkonde, Senior Climate Change Officer at the Climate Change and Natural Resources Management Department in Zambia reflected on  “why”to  build capacities.

Capacity building is important to correctly measure carbon emissions and climate actions and to be able to develop structured and bankable proposals that can help in channeling available funds, explained Sara and Aurelius.

To reply to “what” capacities to build, Daoura N. Mahamadou, coordinator at the Environment Council for Sustainable Development in Niger and Jenifer Calderon, International Cooperation Advisor at the Ministry of Environment in Guatemala explained that the focus must be on the available tools and technical capacities that the countries have already, as well as in unifying systems of data collection and creating spaces for sharing learning experiences. 

Regarding  “how” to do this, Martin Ojok, Senior Climate Change Officer at the Ministry of Environment in Uganda and Jonathan Mickaël, Division chief in charge of the coordination of adaptation policies at the Ministry of Environment in Madagascar highlighted the important role of research institutions and national committees to asses, monitor and evaluate climate challenges in their countries. 

The discussion also counted with two other key partners of Impulsouth alliance, Santiago Alba-Coral, Director of Climate-Resilient Food Systems program, at the International Development Research Center and Ambe Emmanuel Cheo, Associate Academic Officer at United Nations University, who explained how Impulsouth is especially supporting young professionals and women and responding to the capacity challenges of development countries.

The ideas were captured in a artwork by artist Ernest Dale Acar, who sketched live during the event the main ideas shared during the discussions

Did you miss the discussion? Watch the recording here