Climate change negatively impacts key economic sectors of Swaziland, including energy, water and industrial processes, agriculture, forestry, waste, and human health. NGOs' low level awareness about climate change is a significant barrier to effectively addressing these impacts. This CTCN technical assistance seeks to address this issue. Climate change education, training and public awareness of national climate change technology challenges and commitments articulated in key national documents such as such as Swaziland’s National Determined Contributions, National Communications to the UNFCCC, and Biannual Updated Reports (BURs) are crucial building blocks in remedying these challenges.
This request from Swaziland for technical assistance through the CTCN is aimed at strengthening engagement of civil society in planning and implementing climate technology strategies. This will be achieved through a set of activities, including technical training workshops for the appropriate stakeholders, as well as a clear work plan and monitoring and evaluation of project deliverables. It is envisaged that participants should consist of relevant government representatives and representatives of civil society organisations. One of the major activities in this endeavour is the creation of the 'Civil Society Climate Change Task Team'. This Task Team will serve as the institutional memory for climate change consortium within Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) (umbrella organisation of the Swaziland NGOs).