Virtual panel: Public participation to enhance adaptation action

Date: 4 August 2020

Time: 14:00-15:30 CEST

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Event description:

Public participation and effective stakeholder engagement are critical to the success of climate change adaptation action. Meaningful public participation in adaptation can help ensure that adaptation plans and policies respond to the needs and priorities of different demographics, and therefore deliver better, and more equitable, results when implemented.

This event will highlight relevant case studies and offer a space for dialogue concerning challenges, opportunities, and good practices focusing on public participation in adaptation planning and action. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences and ideas.


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Agenda item


Welcome and introduction

  • Ms. Cecilia da Silva Bernardo, Co-Chair, UNFCCC Adaptation Committee


Icebreaker questions and introduction of panel members 

  • Ms. Margot Curl, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) – Session moderator


Opening presentations about panelists’ own work/case studies in this area


  • Ms. Anne Hammill, Senior Director, Resilience Program, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Mr. Gabriel Kpaka, Deputy Director-General and UNFCCC National Focal Point, Sierra Leone Meteorological Agency, Ministry of Transport and Aviation
  • Ms. Maness Nkhata, CEO at Lakeshore Agro-processors Enterprise LAPE
  • Mr. Sarmad Iqbal, Islamic Relief Pakistan


Moderator questions to panelists


Questions from the audience + open discussion


Wrap up + key takeaways


Speaker biographies 

Anne Hammill, Senior Director, Resilience Program, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Anne Hammill is the Senior Director of the Resilience Program at IISD, and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network, the secretariat for which is hosted by IISD. Anne has been working on climate adaptation for over 15 years, having conducted participatory field research on livelihoods and climate change in Africa and Asia, developed and applied decision-support tools for integrating adaptation into programs and field projects, and advised governments and civil society organisations on their adaptation strategies.

Since 2015, as Director of the NAP Global Network, she has been working to advance national adaptation planning and action in developing countries. The Network is currently supporting governments in 35 countries to strengthen their capacity on a range of technical issues including private sector engagement, strategic communications, monitoring and evaluation, and gender-responsiveness.


Gabriel Kpaka, Deputy Director-General and UNFCCC National Focal Point, Sierra Leone Meteorological Agency, Ministry of Transport and Aviation

Gabriel is a dedicated, organised and efficient Meteorologist with wealth of knowledge in weather, climate modelling, environmental issues, climate change and global UN Climate Change negotiations. He has being successfully using his analytical, design and problem-solving skills in weather and climate change related issues both nationally and internationally. Gabriel happen to be the current Deputy Director-General/Head of Operations at the Sierra Leone Meteorological Agency and the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Focal Point for Sierra Leone. Moreover, he had being coordinating 47 LDC countries in Mitigation and Science negotiation under the UN climate change. He has also served as Head of Physics Department, Fourah Bay College ; University of Sierra Leone and currently support the Department of Physics as an Associate Lecturer on a part-time basis.



Maness Nkhata Director General, Lakeshore Agro-processors Enterprise (LAPE) and KAKOMA Estate, Malawi

Maness Nkhata grew up in Malawi. She is an entrepreneur, mentor, Youth Community Climate Ambassador and a job creator. She is now the Director General of Lakeshore Agro-Processors Enterprise (LAPE) and Kakoma estate where she has been implementing several projects and managing projects for more than 8years. Kakoma Estate is a member of farmers union of Malawi (FUM) and because of her work as a youth, Maness studied with Southern University Agri-Centre in Louisiana and CGIAR, Nairobi, Kenya where she got certificate in Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship as well as Certificate in Women Leadership and Management respectively.

Because of her achievements in farming and agro-processing, she became first ever Board Chairperson for National Youth Council of Malawi at the age of below 30. She has experience working with development partners such as USAID, IFAD, USDA, NORAD, the public sector, the private sector as well as multi stakeholder set-up. Maness Nkhata is also a youth Ambassador for Southern African Confederation of Agriculture unions (SACAU). Being an entrepreneur, Maness help her community and country to benefit from the products and services that she provides.


Sarmad Iqbal, Islamic Relief Pakistan

Sarmad Iqbal is an economist and a lawyer by degree and a rights campaigner by passion. Over a decade and a half long professional journey, he advocated for the rights of vulnerable, marginalized and socially excluded segments of society, be it in emergency situations or impacts of disjointed policy implementation and insensitive cultural practices.

He started his career with a women rights organization, advocating for their rights not only in domestic but political sphere as well. Through the journey expanded the scope of advocating for issue of child abuse, human trafficking and children on street while voicing out and safeguarding child rights at national level. He is also a well-known environmental lawyer and an activist not only among communities but also among decision makers, think tanks and academia.

Recently, he is advocating with national and provincial governments for climate sensitive governance measures articulating policy measures for communities being affected by climate impacts.