Virtual panel: Role of Education and Training to Enhance Capacity-building for Adaptation Action

Date: 18 August 2020 

Time: 10:30-12:00 CEST

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Event Description: 

Education and training play a key role in ensuring that climate adaptation action is inclusive, participatory, and effective. To build climate resilience, it is vital that multi-stakeholders are able to contribute to the adaptation processes in an effective manner, and gaps and needs in climate change literacy as well as training for implementing identified adaptation measures hinder the processes at national, as well as sub-national level. The same applies for the engagement in the global adaptation discourse, and contributing to the decision making processes which are pivotal for creating change at all levels. 

This virtual panel will focus on:

  1. Identifying gaps and needs related to education and training which will contribute to enhancing adaptation action;
  2. Facilitating and building a discourse on potential solutions and interventions needed;
  3. Facilitating the sharing of good practices, experiences and lessons learned;
  4. Promoting cooperative action on education and training on enhancing adaptation;
  5. Identifying actions, including actions that could enhance integration of climate adaptation education and training at national and sub-national level;
  6. Identifying opportunities to strengthen enabling environments and enhance the provision of support for enhancing education and training for adaptation in the context of specific policies, practices and actions.



Approximate time Agenda Item 
10:30-10:40 Introduction and welcome
10:40-11:10 Panel discussion: Session I: Identifying gaps and needs in education and training for adaptation action
11:10-11:35 Panel discussion: Session II: Addressing gaps and needs to enhance adaptation action through education and training
11:35-11:55 Open dialogue
11:55-12:00 Closing remarks



Vositha Wijenayake, SLYCAN Trust (Session moderator)

Vositha Wijenayake works as the executive director of SLYCAN Trust. She is an international lawyer specializing in public international law, with a focus on international environmental law, UN human rights law, refugee law and EU law. She has over a decade of experience in working on climate change, at national and international level. Vositha is a member of the National Expert Committee on Climate Change Adaptation of the Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources, and has been a delegate of the Sri Lankan government’s delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations since 2016, negotiating on issues related to compliance, climate change adaptation, loss and damage, gender, and action for climate empowerment. Vositha has experience in working with multiple stakeholders including youth, on climate change adaptation at national, regional and international level. Her most recent research includes work on national adaptation plans, and the NDC review process in countries in Asia and Africa.



Mr. Mizan R. Khan, International Centre for Climate Change and Development and LDC Universities’ Consortium on Climate Change

Prof. Dr. Mizan R. Khan is currently Deputy Director at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Programme Director, LDC Universities’ Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC), Dhaka. He served as a Visiting Professor/Fellow at the University of Manitoba, School of Public Policy; University of Maryland; Universite de Poitiers and at Brown University. He is a Lead Author of the IPCC and attends climate negotiations as the lead on climate finance with the Bangladesh delegation since 2001. Dr. Khan has a wide range of publications including several books published by Routledge and MIT Press, on climate change economics, politics and capacity building. He speaks French and Russian as well.




Ms. Ana Clara Cassanti, Global Center on Adaptation

Ana Clara Cassanti is an Environmental Engineer from University of the State of Sao Paulo in Brazil with a Masters in Energy and Environmental Sciences from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She has years of experience working with sustainability and youth empowerment through the medium of research in Brazil. She co-founded the Brazilian Association to Incentivize Science (ABRIC), now serving on its counselling board. She is also the co-founder of Atmos Study Association in Groningen, the Netherlands. Additionally, she has also worked in companies related to sustainability and has experience in developing training and education courses for young people. Currently, she is appointed as the Knowledge and Education Officer at the Global Center on Adaptation in the Netherlands, where she works with youth engagement and adaptation training and education opportunities.




Dennis Mombauer, SLYCAN Trust

Dennis Mombauer works as Director: Research & Education at SLYCAN Trust, a civil society think tank based in Sri Lanka. He has around a decade of experience in research, management, and administration in the private sector and the development sector. Dennis’ research focuses on climate change impacts and adaptation, climate migration, climate risk management, climate education, ecosystem conservation and restoration, sustainable development, youth engagement, and knowledge management. His present work includes research on NDC and NAP processes in a number of African and Asian countries, research on climate education  and public participation, climate-induced mobilities, and ecosystem conservation and restoration. He holds a Master’s degree in Education, English Studies, and Philosophy from the University of Cologne, Germany.




Dinethra Rodrigo, SLYCAN Trust

Dinethra Rodrigo works as a policy analyst & knowledge content developer at SLYCAN Trust on thematic areas of climate policy and law, climate and disaster risk finance and insurance, migration, education, coastal ecosystems and corals, and biodiversity. He contributed to research products related to climate change adaptation and education, climate migration, climate and disaster risk transfer, and gender, recently published by SLYCAN Trust. Dinethra graduated with a first-class degree in his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the University of Warwick. He has debated in Model United Nations Conferences, participated in the Warwick Death Penalty Project, and was the campus ambassador for the Global Undergraduate Awards.