Pilot Country Meeting

PPCR Pilot Country Meeting July 2015

  • Jul 01, 2015

PPCR Pilot Countries Meeting

European Space Agency - European Space Research Institute (ESRIN) Campus

Frascati, Italy

July 19-23, 2015

List of Participants

Objective: This meeting will orient new pilot countries to the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) and take stock of how PPCR pilot countries are using their strategic programs for climate resilience (SPCR) to advance the resilience agendas in their countries.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Orientation for New PPCR Countries

Villa Tuscolana

This day is targeted toward the 10 new countries that were provided resources in May 2015 to prepare SPCRs. Representatives from several PPCR pilot countries with programs already under implementation and observers to the PPCR will participate to share their experiences and lessons.

8:30 – 9:00           Registration

9:00 – 9:30           Welcome and Introduction to Resilience Planning

9:30 – 10:45        PPCR Fundamentals

This session will outline the PPCR portfolio, the broader context in which the PPCR operates and the fundamentals of the program, including the phased programmatic approach, the value of public and private sector participation, MDB collaboration, and the programmatic results framework.

Moderator: Jagjeet Sareen, Policy Officer, CIF Administrative Unit, Overview of the PPCR

Speaker: Kanta Kumari Rigaud, Lead Adaptation Specialist and PPCR Focal Point, World Bank, PPCR Fundamentals

10:45 – 11:15     Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45      Lessons Learned from SPCR Preparation and Implementation

Speakers will share 3-5 key pieces of learning from their experience of working collaboratively to develop and implement SPCRs. The session will be introduced with a framing presentation from the World Bank PPCR team on the top 10 lessons learned from the design and early implementation of the PPCR.

Moderator: Jagjeet Sareen, Policy Officer, CIF Administrative Unit


  • Kanta Kumari Rigaud, Lead Adaptation Specialist and PPCR Focal Point, World Bank, Key Lessons from the PPCR
  • Representatives from existing PPCR pilot countries (Bangladesh, Haiti, Mozambique, Samoa and Zambia)

12:45 – 13:45      Lunch

13:45 – 15:15      Country Ownership in the Development of the SPCR

This session will take a deeper dive into country ownership, which is a pillar of the PPCR. Topics to be covered include interagency coordination mechanisms, priority setting, processes for stakeholder consultation, and private sector participation. Existing and new countries and PPCR Observers will exchange lessons on “how to do” and “what to avoid” to achieve stakeholder participation and buy-in in the development of the SPCR.

Moderator: Fisseha Abissa, Operations Officer, CIF Administrative Unit, Country Ownership

Speakers: Representatives from existing PPCR pilot countries (remarks from Zambia on its interagency coordination mechanism, Mozambique on priority setting, Samoa on stakeholder participation, and Bangladesh on private sector)

15:15 – 15:45      Coffee break

15:45 – 16:45      Listening and Learning: Resilience Baselines

New PPCR pilot countries will speak about the initiatives already underway to advance the resilience agenda in their countries – the baseline from which they are launching their SPCRs.

Moderator: Martin Hall, Communications Officer, CIF Administrative Unit

Speakers:  Representatives from Ethiopia, Honduras, Kyrgyz Republic, The Philippines

16:45 – 17:15      Wrap up

Summarizing what has been discussed, addressing any outstanding questions, forum for clarification/explanation, and country feedback on key lessons learned. Conversations are expected to continue over the course of the next three days.

Moderator: Shaanti Kapila, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, CIF Administrative Unit


Monday, July 20, 2015

The 8th PPCR Pilot Countries Meeting



9:00 – 9:30           Welcome from the CIF Administrative Unit and European Space Agency - European Space Research Institute (ESRIN)


  • Stephen Coulson, Head of Industry Section, Directorate of Earth Observation Programs, ESRIN
  • Jagjeet Sareen, Policy Officer, CIF Administrative Unit

9:30 – 12:30        Lessons from SPCR Implementation

Countries will break into small groups to exchange experiences on SPCR preparation and implementation. Small groups will report back in plenary format.  

12:30 – 13:30      Lunch

13:30 – 15:00      Leveraging Resilience Finance

This session will explore how countries are using the SPCR as a framework to leverage and achieve complementarity with development financing and other sources of climate finance. Countries will explain how they have leveraged additional finance on the basis of the SPCR. Representatives from several development partners (FAO, GEF, IFAD) will share their approaches to financing resilience activities and co-financing with the PPCR. This session aims to help existing PPCR pilot countries to use their SPCRs as living documents to attract additional finance and to help new countries develop a strategic approach to utilizing the range of instruments available to support resilience efforts.

Moderator: Jagjeet Sareen, Policy Officer, CIF Administrative Unit


  • Collin Guiste, Ministry of Health and Environment, Dominica
  • Elmi Nure Negewo, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ethiopia
  • Doreen Bwalya, Interim Climate Change Secretariat, Ministry of Finance, Zambia
  • Roland Sundstrom, Climate Change Specialist, GEF
  • Gernot Laganda, Lead Technical Specialist, IFAD
  • Rimma Dankowa, Senior Adviser, FAO

15:00 – 15:30      Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00      Attracting Private Sector Support for the Resilience Agenda

This session will explore opportunities for new and existing PPCR pilot countries to scale up private sector action through the PPCR.  The EBRD will share findings and examples from the study on Building an Evidence Base on Private Sector Engagement in Financing Climate Change Adaptation which identifies a range of tools that can be used and the diversity of sectors and industries that can be explored to make private sector adaptation investments happen. Participants will then hear from a private sector agri-business company in Nepal that is benefitting from PPCR support provided by IFC to introduce new seed varietals and provide training to farmers to help them adapt to the changing climate. Participants will engage in a discussion around how their countries are addressing obstacles and opportunities for mobilizing private sector participation in resilience-building efforts.

Moderator: Joyita Mukherjee, Senior Operations Officer, IFC


17:00 – 17:30      Recap of Day One

17:30                   Group Picture

18:00                   Reception hosted by ESRIN

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The 8th PPCR Pilot Countries Meeting


9:00 – 9:15           Overview of the Day Two Program and Check in

9:15 – 10:45        Incorporating Gender Concerns in the Resilience Agenda

This session will explore the integration and mainstreaming of gender into the resilience agenda at both the national planning level (SPCRs and adaptation plans) and at the project level. The country presentation will focus on the experience of designing and implementing PPCR projects to expand women’s participation in project decision-making and implementation, and how such approaches can help bring a gender perspective to projects in order to better meet resilience objectives.

Moderator/presenter: Anne Kuriakose, Senior Gender Specialist, CIF Administrative Unit, Gender and Social Considerations in Climate Adaptation: Implications for PPCR Programming


10:45 – 11:15      Coffee Break

11:15 – 13:00      Monitoring and Reporting Progress toward Transformation

This session will reflect on countries’ progress in applying the SPCR monitoring and reporting system to measure their transformation toward more climate resilient societies. Countries will share lessons on how they are integrating the PPCR M&R system into a national climate change monitoring and reporting system (in the case of Mozambique), mainstreaming the PPCR M&R system to encompass other climate resilience activities (Nepal), and learning from implementing a participatory M&R system at the country level (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines). Countries will then engage in a broader discussion on their experiences implementing a programmatic M&R system.

Moderator/presenter: Emmanuel Kouadio, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, CIF Administrative Unit, Monitoring and Reporting in the PPCR


  • Isidro Jose Fote, National Council for Sustainable Development (CONDES), Mozambique
  • Prasad Govinda Kharel, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Nepal
  • Ronette Jordon, Central Planning Division, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

13:00 – 14:00      Lunch

14:00 – 16:00      Embedding Science and Technology into Decision-Making for Climate Resilience

This session will explore the science-policy nexus:  how policy and decision-makers utilize science to inform strategy and embed the science of resilience into their decision making and program implementation. The discussion will revolve around some key themes, including: how science can contribute to the evolution of a country’s SPCR, how technology and innovation are being used on the ground to respond to the changing risk, and how science will shape development looking to 2030 and 2050. Approaches currently in place in PPCR countries as well as potential new approaches and innovations will be shared and discussed.

Moderator:  Michael Taylor, Professor of Applied Physics, University of the West Indies, Overview


16:00 – 17:00      Wrap up, key takeaways, next steps


  • Stephen Coulson, Head of Industry Section, Directorate of Earth Observation Programs, ESRIN
  • Shaanti Kapila, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, CIF Administrative Unit, Wrap Up

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Earth Observation for Development Advocacy Event: Monitoring our Climate from Space

Organized by ESA-ESRIN

This Earth Observation (EO) for Development advocacy event aims to showcase how EO satellites can help support climate monitoring and service to better understand our planet and enhance resilience of our society to climate change and natural variability. In particular, innovative use of the new generation of satellite observations and the development of climate services in Europe will be highlighted during the event. With the recent launch of Sentinel-1, the first in the series of operational EO satellites, Europe has entered a new era for the development and exploitation of EO data. New types of partnerships between data providers and data users are needed to maximize the use of the data and derived information. In this context, this event will give a brief overview of ESA EO satellite missions, ESA activities with Multilateral Development Banks (eoworld, eotap), and European programmes in the field of climate monitoring, research and services.


The Big Picture

Q/A Climate Monitoring & Services




Talks 11’

Q/A Climate Change and Water

  • Discussion


Coffee Break




Talks 11’

Q/A Climate Risks and Infrastructure


Q/A Climate Risks and Societal Impact



Note: The afternoon program is flexible and optional.


 VIP Visit to Missions Control (groups)

Reference Websites

EO Development ESA activities (EOworld, EOTAP)

ESA EO Programmes and Missions

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Climate Services event

Villa Tuscolana

Objective: The objective of the meeting is to provide a shared learning experience and exchange on the latest science developments in the area of climate services. The development, provision and utility of customized and timely climate services can contribute to climate resilient development.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for pilot countries, the scientific community, CIF and MDBs to discuss challenges and opportunities based on real-time experiences, and benefit from the participation of speakers from UNESCO’s international scientific conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change.”

8:30 – 9:00           Arrivals and coffee

9:00 – 9:45           Intro and welcome

  • Opening remarks – why is this important and why is it important now?
  • Run-through agenda
  • Tour De Table
  • Keynote address: Chris Hewitt, Head of Climate Service Development, UK Met Office

9:45 – 10:30        The Rubik’s Cube of Climate Services – Around the World in 45 minutes

Hearing from the following stakeholders on how their roles contribute to the development, provision and utility of customized and timely services   This – and the previous session – would aim to ground the rest of the day in a shared understanding of the diversity of actors and perspectives in the climate services sphere.

10:30 – 11:00      Coffee Break and Networking

11:00 – 12:30      Participatory game activity on climate services

Participants will take part in a game designed to convey the complexities, risks and opportunities of decision making in the context of climate services. The game will help participants realize the value and complexities of climate information, focusing on how forecasts can inform risk management decisions and development investments.

Facilitator: Margot Steenburgen, The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

12:30 – 13:30      Lunch and Networking  

13:30 – 14:45      Straight Talk and Bright Ideas

Breakout groups to brainstorm around…

  • Improving the use of climate services to improve development planning;
  • How to go beyond the project life-cycle – making climate services sustainable;
  • Teasing out the different needs and expectations of different sectors;
  • How to ensure maximum engagement with and benefits for end users;
  • How to most effectively involve the private sector in the provisions of climate services;
  • How to link learnings from the field to inform scientific/academic work – and vice-versa, also thinking through what incentives, structures and feedback loops need to be in place to ensure knowledge flows from one to the other
  • Breakout group leads will report back in plenary.  Captured learnings will be disseminated to group after event.

14:45 – 15:15      Coffee Break and Networking

15:15 – 16:45      Turning Ambition into Action

How can we foster drivers and resolve bottlenecks; what partnerships can we build and how to we move them forward? This session will highlight solutions to the improved delivery and use of climate services for decision-making, including:

i.e-learning Platform on “Weather and Climate Services for Resilient Development: A Value Chain Approach to Project Management” developed by the World Bank PPCR team. Speaker: Kanta Kumari Rigaud, Lead Adaptation Specialist and PPCR Focal Point, World Bank 

ii.ADB’s partnerships to provide climate services in Asia: regional climate services and data consortium and the public-private partnership Climate Services for Resilient Development. Speaker: Vidhisha Samarasekara, Senior Climate Change Specialist, Asian Development Bank

16:45 – 17:30      Next Steps and Wrap-Up

  • What kind of day has it been?
  • What are the key lessons and how do we intend to take them into our programs – how do we move from workshop to workplace?
  • How will we continue the conversations and connections?