During 1st quarter of 2022, the AIT-RRC.AP has collaborated with the Bhutan office of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to organize Virtual Training for Bhutanese climate action planning practitioners (National Designated Authority, staff of Direct Access Entities, Civil Society, and domestic consultancies) while piloting the recently developed eLearning course on Developing Concept Notes for the GCF Simplified Approval Process with a cohort of 35 participants from Bhutan. The capacity-building event is leveraging the eLearning materials developed by AIT RRC.AP and AIT Solutions with a focus on a subset of four modules:
- Module 1: Strategic Linkages and Climate Change Evidence Base
- Module 2: Non-Climate Drivers of Vulnerability, Gaps, and Barriers
- Module 4: Formulating a Theory of Change for your SAP concept note
- Module 6: Mainstreaming GCF’s Investment Criteria and Financing
The event was delivered in a hybrid and self-paced format following a schedule from 14 March 2022 – 15 April 2022. The event includes weekly check-in calls for clarifications and feedback on the GCF concept note development insights, as well as thematic advice from Bhutan’s National Environment Commission (NEC).
The training was convened as part of the capacity-building component of a Waste and Climate Change Project, to strengthen domestic capacities in developing good quality concept notes for the GCP via SAP.
The opening session on March 14, 2022, was graced with the presence of Mr. Phento Tshering, Director of the National Environment Commission of Bhutan, Mr. Vijay Moktan, Director of WWF Bhutan country office, Dr. Naoya Tsukamoto, Director of RRC.AP, and Dr. Peter King, Senior Policy Advisor, Institute of Global Environment Strategies. All of them emphasize present and ongoing climate change challenges that require immediate and long-term solutions, with climate finance playing a critical role. Access to climate finance is a priority, and this program will assist participants in gaining access to GCF funding as well as other sources.