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Preparing parliament for the climate challenge in Ghana

Corinne Schoch, Barry Smith

IIED Briefing, 4 pages

Ghana has already begun to feel the impacts of climate change and needs strategies, tools and tactics to better respond to these at different levels. Parliamentarians here, as elsewhere, can play a vital role in ensuring appropriate climate-related policies. To do so they need more support to understand key issues and translate them from local to national to global levels and vice versa. But if MPs matter, so too do those working in parliamentary services. These support staff work across political cycles and can ensure the longevity of knowledge gains on climate change within parliament. This briefing explains that shaping more effective responses to climate change in Ghana requires the active engagement of MPs supported by their parliamentary service staff. Tailored capacity building efforts that address the different needs of both groups are required.

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Parliamentarians can play a key role in building climate resilience by bringing constituents' concerns into national forums, scrutinising how governments are responding to domestic and global climate change issues, and ensuring policy continuity.

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