USAID Officers Will Gather to Learn and Share Ideas on Climate and Environment
USAID staff from across the globe will be gathering in Washington February 22 - 26, 2016 for the Environment Officers Workshop, the first such meeting since 2006. More than 130 participants from USAID missions and headquarters will receive technical training and exchange ideas on a wide range of subjects related to global climate change and key development sectors such as water, energy and biodiversity.
The workshop will include dozens of innovative and interactive sessions that will give participants opportunities to share experiences and identify ways to improve programming to achieve greater impact.
Coming a decade after the last Environment Officers Workshop, much has changed in USAID and Administration priorities. The United States is leading international efforts to combat climate change and USAID staff are working to help developing countries meet climate adaptation and mitigation goals. This includes implementing climate risk management across USAID’s development portfolio in response to the Executive Order on Climate Resilient International Development. With a first wave of major climate-related programs coming to completion and new ones beginning, now is an especially critical time not only to evaluate these programs, but share lessons learned. The workshop also offers training and knowledge-sharing opportunities for all other areas of USAID’s environment programs, like biodiversity and energy.
The hope is that the workshop will catalyze more integration of environment and climate change considerations in all development sectors.
This large gathering is also an opportunity to foster strong relationships across operating units. Practitioners will be able to meet and exchange ideas with USAID staff working in other countries and sectors.
“We hope this workshop improves USAID climate programming and that key lessons will not only benefit our staff but the broader development community - including our implementing partners,” said Megan Hill, a USAID Natural Resources Management specialist who is leading efforts to organize the workshop.
During this USAID-only workshop, Climatelinks will have a booth where participants can learn about ways to engage with Climatelinks and sign up for our mailing list. Via Twitter we will be featuring USAID resources in parallel with the themes of the day at the workshop. We encourage the broader community of development practitioners to follow us on Twitter @Climatelinks to join and participate in the conversation online, using the hashtag #EOW2016.