On February 21st, Czech Climate Coalition, Glopolis and Czech Forum for Development Cooperation-FoRS organized a seminar for workers of Czech development and environmental NGOs on the impact of climate change on development cooperation.
The aim of the event was to highlight the importance of this issue and the necessity to take it into consideration when making efforts in fighting against poverty given the fact that on the one hand donor governments from the North, including the Czech Republic, provide ODA, but on the other hand they contribute significantly to the climate change.
Juraj Mesik, expert on climate change, actually lecturer at two universities and a consultant for the World Bank, provided the participants with the key facts on climate change and its impact on development and development cooperation. The participants also learned from Lies Craeynest from Oxfam EU, specialist on the EU policy in the area of climate change and agriculture, how the issue of climate change could be reflected in policy work of development NGOs. An important part of the seminar consisted of a discussion among present NGO workers about their work related to climate change and about possible ways for cooperation between Czech development and environmental NGOs.
Information provided by Marie Zazvorkova, FoRS