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Successful Global Project Exchange Workshop strengthens collaboration and knowledge sharing in climate mitigation efforts

June 14, 2023
Image: © Philipp Dümcke / Mitigation Action Facility

In response to the enthusiastic feedback from participants in previous workshops, a Global Project Exchange Workshop was organised from 30 May to 1 June 2023, coinciding with the Global NDC Conference. Held in Nauen, Germany, this workshop brought together a diverse group of 38 participants representing fourteen projects in the Implementation Phase as well as the Technical Support Unit (TSU) and Board representatives of the Mitigation Action Facility. The workshop aimed to foster intensive exchanges and serve as a collaboration and knowledge-sharing platform. While the workshop complemented virtual project meetings, it provided a unique opportunity for focused in-person discussions and informal exchange amongst all participants underscoring the pivotal role of the Mitigation Action Facility’s Knowledge & Learning Hub in promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing within its network.

Drawing on the wealth of experiences and lessons learned from the Facility’s ten-year history, the workshop agenda covered various portfolio-level topics relevant to all projects, regardless of their sectors. It offered an opportunity to reflect on the Facility’s achievements, challenges, and lessons learned, while also exploring key thematic areas crucial to the success of projects. The key focus areas included a general reflection on the first decade of implementing the Mitigation Action Facility with a special deep dive into monitoring and evaluation (M&E), scaling measures, financial mechanisms, and gender considerations. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to learn from their peers through breakout sessions focused on inspiration and peer learning.

© Anne Lehmann / Mitigation Action Facility

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The workshop also facilitated an Open Space format where participants could bring in their specific topics of interest. The participants facilitated these sessions and covered subjects such as awareness-raising and marketing campaigns, best practices in project management, novel mitigation technologies and scaling measures amongst others.

Furthermore, a hybrid get-together between projects and representatives of the Board of the Mitigation Action Facility was organised to exchange on project achievements and allow for joint reflection on project examples showcasing recommendations related to M&E, steering structures, awareness-raising campaigns stemming from the First Learning Study.

As part of the Global Project Exchange Workshop, participants had the opportunity to visit the energy self-sufficient village Feldheim, witnessing first-hand the impressive strides made in energy transformation, community spirit and further reinforcing their commitment to sustainable development.

The Global Project Exchange Workshop was hailed as a success, fulfilling the projects’ need for in-person exchanges, and fostering a collaborative environment for project representatives, the TSU, and Board representatives. By providing a dedicated platform for intensive exchange, collaboration, and targeted guidance, the workshop contributed significantly to advancing knowledge and enhancing the collective efforts of climate mitigation projects. As the Mitigation Action Facility in its role as Knowledge & Learning Hub continues to support ambitious climate action worldwide, workshops like these play a crucial role in enhancing knowledge, sharing experiences, and building synergies among projects fostering the adoption of sustainable solutions to address the urgent challenges of climate change.

The Mitigation Action Facility is a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), UK Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ), the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities (KEFM), the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the European Union and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).