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Preparing Parliament for the Climate Challenge in Ghana

Sources:

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Authors:

Corinne Schoch

Barry Smith

Date:

1 July 2012

Ghana has begun to feel the impacts of climate change, and it needs strategies, tools and tactics to better respond to these at different levels, according to the authors of this briefing. They argue parliamentarians can play a role in ensuring appropriate climate-related policies. And to do so, they need more support to understand key issues and translate them from local to national to global levels and vice versa. According to the authors, support staff working in parliamentary services work across political cycles and can ensure the longevity of knowledge gains on climate change within parliament, according to this brochure; they can drive priorities forward within parliamentary committees by supporting evidence-based policymaking by providing accurate information and impartial advice. Shaping more effective responses to climate change in Ghana requires the active engagement of member of parliament supported by their parliamentary service staff. According to the authors, tailored capacity building efforts that address the different needs of both groups are required.