Capacity building for climate action and ambition: what have we learned?

Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Where: Online
Woman in workshop points at a poster. Audience looks at her.

Participants at the CBA11 conference in Kampala, Uganda, learning about community-based forecasting (Photo: IIED)

On 18 November, this IIED and ICCCAD webinar examined what we have learned from past capacity building initiatives and how we can ramp up climate ambition.

To effectively adapt to the escalating impacts of climate change, support for locally led climate action is needed. Training, advocacy, and capacity building are proven pathways to change, but what do we need to do now to ramp up ambition?

This London Climate Action Week online event discussed what we have learned from past capacity building initiatives and how we can build on shared experiences to collaborate effectively with vulnerable developing countries in the face of growing inequalities.

Capacity building is often an essential component of climate change initiatives. In the least developed countries (LDCs), capacity building initiatives have empowered individuals and communities to influence climate action at the local and global scale.

Through collaboration and knowledge exchange across borders, capacity building initiatives have supported individuals, civil society networks, grassroots communities, and research institutions to act on climate.

COVID-19 has deepened the inequalities faced by communities that are on the frontline of any global crisis, including the climate emergency. As we move forward, what can we learn from past capacity building initiatives that support the LDCs to address climate change?

Hosted by IIED and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), this online event brought together stakeholders from four climate capacity building initiatives to reflect on experiences and what that means in a post-COVID world.

How can we use what we know and have achieved so far to ramp up our climate ambition for COP26? Drawing on lessons learned through capacity building, advocacy, and grassroots action, how can we catalyse a different future?


Juliette Tunstall (, IIED's internal engagement and external events officer