More than 30 gender specialists representing government and civil society groups from around the region gathered in Siem Reap, Cambodia from January 26 to 31 to learn strategic planning for safeguards in climate change and REDD+.

The workshop was the third in a series of trainings under the USAID Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID LEAF) Asia Pacific Leadership Initiative on Gender, Climate Change and REDD+, which focuses on strengthening a core group of gender champions to be able to effectively integrate gender into climate change activities.

Co-hosted by Cambodia’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the training helped gender champions develop skills to integrate gender equality into a planning framework, and then test that framework through hands-on experience in a local rural community. “I am happy to learn that USAID LEAF has developed a very useful strategic leadership program to enhance participants’ leadership abilities and competencies to promote the gender agenda in climate change and REDD+,” said Her Excellency Sivann Botum, Secretary of the State Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

The fourth event, which focuses on communication and training of trainers skills, is scheduled for May.  

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update