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Summary of Training Workshop on Gender and Social Dimension of Climate Change 17-18 February 2014 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon

Hotel, Dhaka
(TA7848-BAN: Climate Change Capacity Building and Knowledge Management)

A.

Overview

1. The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and the Asian Development Bank(ADB) jointly organized and delivered 2-days training workshop on Gender and Social Dimension of Climate Change on 17-18 February 2014 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka under TA7848-BAN: Climate Change Capacity Building and Knowledge Management. The training was conducted by internationally and nationally reputed experts and other resource person. BRM staffs1 and TA consultants2 functioned as resource persons while guest resource persons3 were also invited for conducting some of the technical sessions. The main objectives of this training workshop was to enhance capacity of the relevant ministries and line agencies of the Government of Bangladesh(GoB) on (i) Gender and social dimension of climate change, (ii) Climate change and gender action plan and relevant policies, (iii) Mainstreaming gender and climate change in development interventions in Bangladesh, etc. The training workshops were conducted based on a standard program schedule (Attachment 1). About 22 participants from the Ministries and line agencies implementing gender, climate change and disaster related project participated in this training workshop (Attachment 2). Dr. Md. Nasiruddin, Joint Secretary (Development), Ministry of Environment and Forests spokes on the inaugural session as Chief Guest and awarded certificate to the participants in closing session. Dr. Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development, UK and Dr. A. Atiq Rahman, Executive Director, Bangladesh Centre for Advance Studies also spokes in the training session. B. KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF TRAINING WORKSHOP 2. The technical sessions were interactive and participatory. The training workshop was designed to comprise lecture, technical presentations, case study on field experiences and open discussion. Beside these, group exercise and hands on exercise on integrating gender and climate change in development interventions were offered in the training. The participants acquired significant knowledge about the technical aspects of climate change impacts and vulnerability and nexus between gender and climate change adaptation and mitigation, the national and international policy commitments to address the adverse effect of climate change and gender equity, etc. The participants, in particular, took away key message and technical know-how on integration of gender and climate change elements in project design and relevant development interventions. 3. Other key topics discussed among participants include climate change, extreme events and development scenarios; challenges in addressing gender and social dimensions of climate change; gender equality and climate change in development plans, policies and action plans; mainstreaming gender and climate change in development planning and management; integrating climate change and gender elements in the government interventions and ADB operation in Bangladesh, etc. There was case study and group exercise on project specific interventions. Presentation, hand out and other training materials provided to the participants

BRM staff includes Mr. Arif M. Faisal, Environment Specialist and Ms. Nasheeba Selim, Gender & Social Development Specialist Ms. Rina Sen Gupta, Gender Specialist (Staff Consultant),Dr. Madan Lal Sreshtha, Team Leader and Mr. Golam Rabbani, Capacity Building Specialist(TA7848 Consultant) 3 Guest resource person includes Dr. Mahbuba Nasrin, Director, Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies, Dhaka University and Ms. Sharmind Neelormi, Associate Professor, Jahangir Nagar University and Advisor, Centre for Global Change
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are attached (Attachment 3). Each participant received a certificate at the end of the training workshop for their successful participation. C. PARTICIPANTS FEEDBACK/EVALUATION 4. In the closing session of the training workshop, each participant was provided with an evaluation form to evaluate each sessions, overall program content, methodology and materials, logistic support, resource persons and facilitators of the training workshop. About 50% of the participants rated the program contents very satisfied and the rest 50% of the participants rated satisfied. On appropriateness of methods and materials used, 90 % rated satisfied. About 15 % participants rated the program experience (overall satisfaction and learning) as excellent while 65 % mentioned very good and the rest evaluated as good. None of the participants was dissatisfied while only few evaluated neutral. Most of the participants rated the logistics and other arrangements of the workshops as very satisfied. According to the participants, project related case study, group exercise on integrating gender and climate change elements in project design session were the most useful 5. Among the important recommendations, participants suggested increasing duration of the training workshop to 3-4 days and engaging participants in more group exercises, exposure visit to the vulnerable sites to make the training more authentic. Other recommendation from the participants includes sharing of course module to the participants with the invitation letter, provide reference materials including relevant reports, published articles/ documents before the sessions, emphasis on practical knowledge with use of audiovisual aids including screening of documentaries, video clips, etc. in the training session, arrange residential training workshop with accommodation of the participants, inclusion of a exposure visit to the relevant project site, etc. Some of the participants recommend conducting conceptual topics in morning session and practical lessons/case study/group exercise in the afternoon session. D. CONCLUSION

6. The TA team considers that the purpose of the training workshops was successfully fulfilled. The group exercise, open discussion and sharing of project related case studies were well taken by the participants. It was opined by most of the participants that GOB officials are generally dependent upon consultants and experts for integration of gender and climate change elements in project design (TPP and DPP). Moreover, in the process of mainstreaming gender and climate change in the development planning, they have little experience to contribute since they were not much sensitized on the various dimension of gender and climate change. They agreed that they will now be able to integrate gender aspects in climate change components in relevant project design without support from consultants and they will be able to carefully supervise the implementation of relevant project. They also agreed that they will now be able to provide gender and climate related inputs to the development planning and programming. E. RECCOMENDATION AND NEXT STEPS

7. To enhance capacity of the government, NGOs and private sectors TA team recommend delivering similar types of training in other ADBs developing member countries. TA team is now preparing a training manual on the training workshop based on the presentation, handout and other training materials which will be uploaded to the web based climate change information and knowledge management network setup under the TA.

Attachment 1

Training Workshop on Gender and Social Dimension of Climate Change Date: 17-18 February 2014, Venue: Chitra, Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka Proposed Program Schedule Day 1
Time 0915-0930 Topics Introduction and background of the event in brief, group photo session Proposed Resource Persons/facilitator Mr. Arif M. Faisal, Environment Specialist, ADB, BRM Dr. AtiqRahman, Executive Director, BCAS Dr. Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development, UK Dr. Madan Lal Shrestha, International Climate Change Specialist(consultant), TA7848 Ms. Nasheeba Selim Gender Specialist, ADB Bangladesh Resident Mission(BRM)

0930-1015

Climate change, extreme events and climate and development scenarios Morning tea/coffee break Gender and social dimensions in climate change- A development perspective An overview of ADB's approach to 'gender mainstreaming' in the context of Bangladesh operations Nexus between gender and climate change adaptation and mitigation

1015-1030 1030-1130

1130-1215

Ms. Sharmind Neelomi Associate Professor Department of Economics Jahangir Nagar University Ms. Sharmind Neelomi Associate Professor Department of Economics Jahangir Nagar University

1215-1300

Climate change: Bangladesh perspectives, national and international agreements, policies and plans on gender and climate change Lunch and Prayer Challenges in addressing gender and social dimensions of climate change

1300-1400 1400-1530

1530-1630 Addressing Climate Change and Gender in Bangladesh: Priorities and Plans 1630-1700 Tea /Coffee

Dr. Mahbuba Nasrin, Director Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies Dhaka University Dr. Mahbuba Nasrin, Director Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies Dhaka University

Day -2
Time 0900-0930 0930-1030 Topics Review Session Gender equality and climate change in development plans, policies and action plans Proposed Resource Persons/facilitator TA Team Dr. Mahbuba Nasrin Director Institute of Disaster and Management and Vulnerability Studies Dhaka University Dr. Mahbuba Nasrin Director Institute of Disaster and Management and Vulnerability tudies Dhaka University Mr. Golam Rabbani Training Specialist, ADB Consultant

1030-1045 1045- 1145

Morning tea/coffee break Gender equality, climate change in the context of MDG and post 2015 perspectives

1145-1300

1300-1400 1400-1445

1445-1545

1545-1600 1600-1645

Climate Change & Gender : Experiences from the Vulnerable Areas in Bangladesh Lunch break & Prayer Climate Change & Gender : Experiences from the Vulnerable Areas in Bangladesh (Continued) Mainstreaming climate change and gender in ADB operation in Bangladesh Case study and experience sharing on gender and climate mainstreaming in ADBs Project design and operation Tea / Coffee break Feedback, Closing remarks and note of thanks, Tea / Coffee Certificate distribution

Mr. Golam Rabbani Training Specialist, ADB Consultant Mr. Arif M. Faisal, Environment Specialist, Ms. RinaSen Gupta, Gender Consultant ADB, BRM

TA team

1645-1715

MoEFand ADB representative

Attachment 2

Participant Lists
Sl. No. 1. Name and Designation Ms. M. Nora Alam Siddique, Deputy Secretary (ADB-5) Official address Economic Relation Division, Bl. 8, Room 28 Agargaon, Dhaka 1207 Bangladesh Forest Research Institute, Sholashohor, Muradpur Chittagong Bangladesh Climate Change Trust, Ban Bhaban, 101 Mohakhali, Dhaka Bangladesh Climate Change Trust, Ban Bhaban, 101 Mohakhali, Dhaka Department of Environment Poribesh Bhaban, E-16, Agargaon, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka 1207 Department of Environment Poribesh Bhaban, E-16, Agargaon, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka 1207 Department of Environment Poribesh Bhaban, E-16, Agargaon, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka 1207 Department of Environment Poribesh Bhaban, E-16, Agargaon, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka 1207 Department of Environment Poribesh Bhaban, E-16, Agargaon, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka 1207 Department of Environment Poribesh Bhaban, E-16, Agargaon, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka 1207 Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, Socio-economic Research Division Division Savar

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Dr. Sharmila Das, Divisional Officer Mr. Arif Ahmad, Deputy Director (Monitoring) Ms. Shakila Yeasmin, Assistant Director (Development) Mr. Md. Harun-Or-Rashid, Assistant Director

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Ms. Dilruba Akter, Assistant Director

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Mr. Md. Tajminur Rahman, Assistant Director

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Ms. Shahanaz Rahman, Assistant Director

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Mrs. Farhana Mustari, Assistant Director

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Mr. Md. Hafizur Rahman, Assistant Director

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Ms. Mahfuza Khatun, Scientific Officer,

Sl. No. 12.

Name and Designation Mr. Md. Hasanuzzaman, Sr. Asstt. Chief Mr. S.M. Mahbub Alam, Sr. Asstt. Secretary Ms. Mahmuda Roksena Sultana, Asstt. Conservator of Forests

Official address Ministry of Disaster Management & Relief Bangladesh Secretariat Dhaka 1000 Finance Division Bangladesh Secretariat Dhaka 1000 Development Planning Unit, Forest Department, Ban Bhaban, Agargaon Dhaka 1207 RIMS Unit, Forest Department, Ban Bhaban, Agargaon Dhaka 1207 RIMS Unit, Forest Department, Ban Bhaban, Agargaon Dhaka 1207 Department of Mass Communication (Women Program and Coordinating Office) AGB Bhaban(NBR Building) Shegun Bagicha Dhaka 1000 Department of Mass Communication (Women Program and Coordinating Office) AGB Bhaban(NBR Building) Shegun Bagicha Dhaka 1000 Climate Change Adaptation Pilot Project LGED Bhaban, Agargaon, Dhaka 1207 Ministry of Environment and Forests Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka Ministry of Environment and Forests Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka Ministry of Environment and Forests Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka

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Ms. Shamima Begum Shewli, Research Officer Ms. Afroza Begum, Research Officer Mr. A.K.M. Azizul Haque, Deputy Director

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Ms. Begum Rokshana Aktar, Deputy Director

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Ms. Farhana Rahman Climate Change Specialist Ms. Nasrin Mukti, Senior Assistant Secretary Ms. Dilsad Begum, Senior Assistant Secretary Ms. Wahida Musarrat Anita, Senior Assistant Secretary

Attachment 3 All presentation (available upon requests to Arif M. Faisal at afaisal@adb.org)