Building on last year’s success, the ASEAN Climate Leadership Programme (ACLP) 2021 aims to enhance participants’ leadership skills, while contributing to the discussion on ASEAN regional processes related to climate-smart land use. In total, there are 22 participants from eight ASEAN Member States enrolled in the programme, representing a wide variety of government, public and civil society institutions.
The ACLP 2021 runs virtually from 18 August until 28 October 2021, with guiding theme Promoting Climate-Smart Land Use for Implementing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The participants received specific guidance from experienced leaders and technical experts on how best to navigate their professional aspirations pertinent to climate-smart practices in land use sectors. Comprised of four modules, the programme draws upon the Theory U, a framework that integrates systems thinking, leadership and organizational learning based on experience and expertise. It consisted of coaching and mentoring, self-reflection, journaling, group work and sharing sessions.
The ACLP is designed to complement the work of the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN). The programme is an initiative led by the GIZ Climate-Smart Land Use (CSLU) ASEAN project in collaboration with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). The programme receives funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
A number of other organisations and experts contributed to the programme design and implementation, including the ASEAN Secretariat, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP), the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Grow Asia, the Regional Community Forestry Training Center (RECOFTC) and the Amsterdam Leadership Academy. Representatives of these organisations played a role as speakers, mentors, coaches and facilitators throughout implementation of the ACLP.
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