The ASEAN Climate Leadership Programme (ACLP), a new learning and exchange format, was launched in October 2020. The programme aimed to enhance participants’ leadership skills while contributing to ASEAN policy processes and outcomes related to climate change, food security and land management. It was designed as a contribution to the work of the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) and will aid the implementation of ASEAN strategies such as the Vision and Strategic Plan for ASEAN Cooperation in Food, Agriculture and Forestry (FAF) (2016-2025) and the ASEAN Strategic Plan on Environment (ASPEN) 2016-2025.
The ACLP is running from 1 October to 11 December 2020 and, amidst the pandemic challenges, consists of a mix of virtual exchange formats, remote group work and individual reflection time.
The ACLP is supported by the Climate-Smart Land Use (CSLU) in ASEAN project with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close cooperation with the ASEAN Secretariat. It is organised jointly with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).
A number of other organisations and experts have contributed to the programme, including the ASEAN Secretariat; the ASEAN-CRN; 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; the Stockholm Environment Institute; Grow Asia; Regional Community Forestry Training Center (RECOFTC); and the Amsterdam Leadership Academy. The design process of the ACLP as been enriched by co-creation, cooperation and experimenting with these actors – reflecting some of GIZ’s Cooperation and Leadership principles.