A Bhutanese environmental planning and management consultant, Ugen P. Norbu, designed and conducted the workshops. He was assisted by officials from the Department of Local Governance. Altogether 70 local government officials participated in the training workshops.
The first training workshop was held at Wangduephodrang from 8th to 10th June, 2015, the second was held at Zhemgang from 23rd to 25th June, and the third and fourth were held consecutively at Mongar from 13th to 15th July and 16th to 18th July. Earlier in the pilot phase of the LoCAL program in Bhutan, climate change vulnerability assessments and climate change adaptation frameworks were done by consultants. In order to sustain and institutionalize the approach within the local government system and considering that the program is gearing up for scale-up from 2016, the training workshops were conducted to transfer the knowledge and skills of the consultant to the local government officials so that they can carry out climate change vulnerability assessment and climate change adaptation planning on their own for future performance-based climate change adaptation grants.
The first day of the training workshops was made up of presentations and discussions on climate change and climate change adaptation, the role of local governments in climate change adaptation, overview of potential climate change adaptation investments at the local level, and the concept of participatory rural appraisal (PRA) and how PRA is to be used step-wise for climate change vulnerability assessment and climate change adaptation planning.