The workshop took place over two days and was attended by 58 persons. Approximately 15 participants were from the partner ministries, institutions and development agencies in Maputo (national level). These included the National Director for Decentralised Planning from the Ministry of Planning and Development (MPD), senior planners from the MPD, the National Director of Planning and Studies from the Ministry for the Coordination or Environmental Affairs (MICOA), a senior representative of the Ministry of Finances (MoF), technical staff from the Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN), the National Coordinator and Senior Water Designer from the Belgium Technical Cooperation (FSNP, Gaza), FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP).
The objective of the workshop was to bring together the main stakeholders from the three levels of government to discuss and debate the main elements of the LoCAL and the UNCDF FSN projects, particularly those relating to strengthening local government planning and management of public funds within the context of food security and increased resilience to climate change. Equally important the workshop was designed to strengthen the sense of government ownership of the two initiatives.
Summary conclusions drawn from the workshop
National level representatives of the Ministry of Planning and Development were very interested in the LoCAL mechanisms and proposed to further discuss the design and the process for a scalable mechanism for Mozambique.
Broad endorsement of Gaza Province and districts for the need to strengthen systems and capacities of local administrations for climate change adaptation and the usefulness of the LoCAL mechanism to not only to strengthen national systems at the local level, but also to highlight structural opportunities for improvement of national systems. The workshop already provided a platform for exchanging perceptions and experiences between different levels of Government, which was highly appreciated.
The workshop created increased support for addressing CC vulnerabilities through a more strategic adaptation planning approach at district and provincial level and the usefulness of the ongoing development of Local Adaptation Plans.