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African Women at the Forefront of Sustainability: Water-Food-Energy Nexus

Summary:WECAN Workshop/Training, co-convened by the WECC USA, GEN Africa, IETC Tanzania/other partners. The workshop/training will empower women/MVGs, to be effective leaders by linking with peers across Africa, sharing/implementing best practices on economic empowerment, influencing climate change, sustainable development, building resilient communities and rural and urban nexus. The event seeks to promote progress on women’s leadership / green economic development within the Africa Water, Food and Energy Sectors.

Abstract:The objective of the workshop/training is to introduce the concept of environmental entrepreneurship and women’s leadership, touching on issues of renewable energy, organic gardening, agribusiness, access to clean/safe water and ecological building systems. The question of how the holistic approach of environmental entrepreneurship can enrich agricultural production, sustainable community development and natural resource management would be addressed. The session will present analysis of data collected from projects across the continent, information that forms the basis for decisions in the field of water, food and energy both in Africa and internationally. During the forum participants will evaluate the progress made and actions that need to be taken in relation to the promotion of green economic development, role women play , water-food-energy nexus and link between rural and urban centres with specific examples from Africa. The transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need for a multi stakeholder approach linking women and other Most Vulnerable Groups (MVGs) as active agents of change would be highlighted. The workshop would be a one day event while the training would be a 10 day pre conference event to build the capacity of grassroots women in climate change adaptation, mitigation, technology transfer and climate finance and the launching of the WECAN Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Methods:Workshop/Training- One Day Workshop and 10 days Pre Conference Training

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