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Preparing Parliament for the Climate Challenge in Ghana

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Corinne Schoch, Barry Smith
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Ghana has begun to feel the impacts of climate change and needs strategies, tools and tactics to better respond to these at different levels. Parliamentarians can play a role in ensuring appropriate climate-related policies. To do so, they need more support to understand key issues and translate them from local to national to global levels and vice versa. Support staff working in parliamentary services work across political cycles and can ensure the longevity of knowledge gains on climate change within parliament, according to this brochure. They can drive priorities forward within parliamentary committees by supporting evidence-based policymaking by providing accurate information and impartial advice. Shaping more effective responses to climate change in Ghana requires the active engagement of MPs supported by their parliamentary service staff. According to the authors, tailored capacity building efforts that address the different needs of both groups are required.