3CGS successfully organizes inception workshop and stakeholder validation meeting for GEF-SGP project

IMG_1315As part of the array of activities laid down for the execution of the GEF SGP project titled: “Documentation and Development of Guidelines for Mainstreaming Climate Smart Innovative Agro-Ecology Practices and Gender Development into Community Level Activities within the Black Volta Basin”, an inception workshop and stakeholder validation meeting was duly organized on 4th December, 2017. The program was aimed at introducing the project to stakeholders with years of working experience within the jurisdiction of the project in a manner to enable them make direct contributions.

In attendance were, the Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), the Dean of School of Engineering, Dean of School of Natural Resources, Head of Department of General Studies and Languages, Head of Department for Fisheries and Aquaculture, representative from Earth Observation Research and Innovation Centre (EORIC), representative from Save our Environment Foundation (NGO), representatives from GreenWaterhut (NGO), representative from Sustainable Agroforestry Initiative (SAFI). These NGOs were selected based on their involvement in projects around the Black Volta Basin (BVB). Each of the NGOs were given the opportunity to speak briefly about the projects they are involved with communities around the BVB with support from GEF-SGP.

Prof. Emmanuel Opuni-Frimpong, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of UENR opened the program with a brief remark. He encouraged members that this was the right way to go since the University exist to help solve society’s myriad problems in providing better alternatives for doing things through research and community engagements.

As way to furnish participants with the purpose of gathering, Dr. (Mrs) Mercy A. A. Derkyi (Acting Head, Centre for Climate Change and Gender Studies-3CGS and Leader of the project) took her turn to give the purpose of gathering and a brief on the project. She detailed participants on the project and the various outputs expected from it within its stipulated timelines.

Two output presentations were made on the topics: Climate Change and Gender Developments within the Black Volta Basin: An agro ecological perspective. A synthesis report and Guidelines for Mainstreaming Gender and Climate Change issues to guide NGOs operations. Members made rich inputs after each presentation. Notes were taking accordingly to help improve on the work.

The road map for the project was stated accordingly before the program grinded to a halt.