The meeting was divided into three sessions around the topics “Wood Energy”, “Climate Change” and “Biodiversity” allowing members to present their work plan achievements and rise questions with regards to specific topics and future work. In a fourth session members discussed on cross-cutting issues such as how to enhance virtual collaboration and how to best assure linkages between link the Working Group and SEWOH global programs (“Verzahnung”). Please find below the links to the different contributions.
Furthermore, a new Speaker (Jenny Rust, PAGE/Madagascar) and Co-Speaker (Andreas Schleenbaecker, ProREDD & PNA/Togo) have been elected who now carry on the successful work of former speakers Konrad Uebelhoer/Klaus Mersmann and Co-Speaker Thorsten Huber. In the context of the meeting, two-day trainings were organized on three different topics (1) Bois Énergie (Francophone), (2) Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change: The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) (Anglophone) Process as well as (3) Biodiversity – Policy – Advice (bilingual). Furthermore a field visit to Ankarafantsika National Park was organized including the presentation of GIZ / KfW achievements on buffer zones of the park.