News and Announcements
Three flagship publications that are part of NAP-Ag’s series of guidance materials on adaptation planning for the agriculture sectors are currently being finalized: (i) a Handbook on Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Planning, (ii) an Impact Evaluation Manual for Adaptation Planning in the Agriculture Sectors and (iii) a Toolkit for Value Chain Analysis and Market Development Integrating Climate Resilience and Gender Responsiveness. A webinar on value chain analysis and market development is also being planned. Read more here and on our adaptation site
As part of a series of four webinars highlighting LDCs journey on the NAP process under the NAP-GSP, the 3rd webinar will be organized for September 2020 for Lusophone-speaking LDCs, with potential country speakers from Timor-Leste, Angola, Guinea Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe. The 4th webinar will organized for the 4th quarter of 2020 and will focus on Anglophone LDCs in Africa. The NAP GSP has a number of knowledge products in the pipeline, including country briefs highlighting the NAP progress in Mozambique, Saint Lucia, Nepal, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Tanzania, Cambodia, and Timor-Leste. See NAP GSP and find the latest resources here. For news, read more here
Summary of organization’s priorities/mandate/core areas of engagement on matters related to capacity-building e.g., technical assistance/support, grants, secondment, staff training, e-learning/courses, assessments, etc
UNDP provides capacity building support on climate finance readiness, national adaptation planning and Nationally Determined Contributions. This is delivered through face-to-face trainings, dissemination of online knowledge products and tool-kits as well as through virtual engagement, which have accelerated since the COVID 19 pandemic has restricted person-to-person engagement. The support is provided to both LDCs and developing countries. This is provided by UNDP through stand-alone programmes, as well as in partnership with UN sister agencies such as WMO, FAO and UN Environment with the support of donors such as GCF, GEF, DFID, BMU and others.
Capacity-building activities during the last quarter 1 January – 31 March 2020
Activity 1: Insights on Adaptation Planning at the Gobeshona Conference in Bangladesh (20 January 2020)
The NAP-GSP organized a session on “Research and Policy Interface under NAP -GSP” highlighting the key role research institutions play in the science-policy interface on climate change adaptation and the need for coordinated communication for a strengthened interaction between the scientific community and policy makers. Senior representative from Government of Bangladesh, representatives from Universities in Nepal, Uganda and Bangladesh presented their perspectives on tailoring the science of adaption with national policy needs and the need for an effective science-policy platform and the role of the NAP GSP in establishing a robust cooperative mechanism. Read more here
Activity 2: Success stories from Bhutan’s process to formulate and implement the NAP (05 March 2020)
During the Gobeshona Conference, the GEF funded UN Environment-UNDP National Adaptation Plan Global Support (NAP-GSP) interviewed Lobzang Tempa, the Assistant Environmental Officer at the Climate Change Division of the National Environment Commission of Bhutan, to learn more about Bhutan’s experience in formulating and implementing their NAP. The purpose of this activity was to share successes and challenges in Bhutan’s NAP experience with other LDC countries. The Kingdom of Bhutan launched its National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process in 2015, and in January 2019 the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved readiness funding to further advance Bhutan’s NAP process with a focus on water as a cross-cutting adaptation issue with the support of UNDP. Bhutan’s NAP process aims to build on Bhutan’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), articulate medium to long-term climate adaptation priorities, and scale up investment in adaptation in priority sectors - including water resources. Read more here
Activity 3: Designing plans to withstand climate change in Uruguay
In 2020, the Uruguay NDA would like to prepare a concept note for building resilience in coastal cities, as prioritized in its GCF Country Program. Through Phase II of the Uruguay GCF readiness project, UNDP trained Uruguay’s Project Working Group on the characteristics of the GCF and prepared recommendations for the preparation of GCF concept notes. On 20 February 2020, the “Working Meeting of the Expanded Project Working Group” was held in order to i) present the GCF framework and requirements, and ii) exchange on key points of Concept Note preparation. The members of the Coordination Group linked to the project idea and the members of the Technical Committees of the National Plan for Adaptation in Cities and Infrastructures attended the meeting. Read more here
Activity 4: NAP-GSP Trainings and Training Modules
The objective of these capacity building activities is to inform and advance the current formulation of NAP by strengthening countries’ technical capacities.
In response to requests for National Adaptation Plan (NAP) support and capacity building in least developed and developing countries, the NAP Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), in partnership with UN Environment, FAO, GIZ, and UNITAR, offers a variety of regional and country-level capacity trainings, online training courses, and webinars. These training packages aim to provide better understanding on various challenges including the conceptual approach of NAPs and the NAP technical guidelines, and to help countries accelerate their national adaptation planning process, provide exchange of lessons on national adaptation planning and integrate transboundary considerations into adaptation planning.
Selected products include:
- NAP-GSP Regional Trainings
- Training on Accelerating NAPs and Integrating Transboundary Climate Risks
- Training on Innovation and Implementation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)
- Training on appraisal and adaptation finance
- Training on prioritisation of options for adaptation planning
- Training of Trainers
- Country-level trainings
- Identifying adaptation priorities
- Prioritizing adaptation options using cost-benefit analysis
- Integration of climate change into development plans and budgets
- Formulating NAP roadmaps and work-plans
Online (MOOC, Webinar)
Information on NAP-GSP Regional Trainings here
Information on NAP-GSP Country-Level Trainings here
Information on NAP-GSP MOOC here
Information on NAP-GSP Webinar here
Activity 5: NAP GSP Skills Assessment tools
Skills assessment can help countries to better understand the training needs of those most involved in adaptation planning. This is achieved by: (i) identifying and describing existing skills-sets in place (management, technical, and participatory); (ii) locating these skills-sets at different implementation levels (policy, organizational, and operational), and (iii) identifying the gaps where additional skills development is required. The skills assessment framework is made up of several elements: an assessment tool providing a benchmark set of institutional capacities and skills against which a country can assess its needs; a reference list of generic adaptation planning skills; and a step-by-step guide on how to implement a national skills assessment.
In collaboration with UNITAR, the NAP-GSP developed a framework to assess the skills necessary for national decision makers and planners operating in the field of climate change adaptation. The skills assessment framework was derived from experience acquired during a joint UNDP-UNITAR Global Water Partnership mission carried out in Niger in May 2014, under the NAP-GSP. It has been updated, and the recent 2017 edition delves deeper into the skills assessment framework by explaining the individual skills identified and further introduces “A New and Interactive Methodology". Read more here
Activity 6: NAP-Ag Trainings and Training Materials
Capacity building under NAP-Ag focused on strengthening evidence-based decision-making through targeted trainings in appraising and prioritizing adaptation options using tools such as impact evaluation, cost-benefit analysis (CBA), multi-criteria analysis (MCA), vulnerability and risk assessment and value chain analysis. Strategic capacities on gender mainstreaming, climate-sensitive budgeting, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) were also developed to advance adaptation planning, budgeting and implementation.
The BMU funded UNDP-FAO NAP-Ag Programme has fostered the seeds of climate change adaptation-informed planning and budgeting in the agriculture sectors in 11 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. It has enhanced the capacities of around 2,000 national and sectoral decision-makers representing over 90 institutions across its 11 partner countries. It has built capacities on the gender dimensions of adaptation in agriculture; identifying and appraising adaptation options; M&E; value chain analysis, and climate-sensitive budgeting through tailored training and the development and dissemination of knowledge products and analytical tools.
Selected products include (links provided below):
- Guidance Material: including NAP-Ag Supplementary Guidelines, Gender Guide for Trainers, M&E Guidance Note, Handbook on Mainstreaming Agriculture in National Adaptation Planning (forthcoming), Value Chains Toolkit (forthcoming), Impact Evaluation Manual (forthcoming)
- Thematic Case Studies: on cost-benefit analysis (forthcoming), impact evaluation (forthcoming), M&E (forthcoming), gender mainstreaming
- Webinars: including capacity development, gender mainstreaming, climate information services, NAP-NDC-LTS linkages, M&E, climate finance and others
- Briefing Note Series: including cost-benefit analysis for climate change adaptation policies and investments in the agriculture sectors, promoting gender-responsive adaptation in the agriculture sectors, and others
- Country case studies: overview of progress made, gaps remaining and lessons learned for adaptation planning in NAP-Ag partner countries, with a focus on the agriculture sectors.
Information on NAP Ag Supplementary Guidelines here
Information on Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation for Adaptation Planning in the Agriculture Sectors here
Information on Gender in Adaptation Planning for the Agriculture Sectors here
Information on Webinar Series here
Information on Briefing Note Series here
Information on All Publications here
Information on Videos here
Activity 7: NAP-Ag MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
This is capacity building support for climate change practitioners, academics, students and government representatives.
This massive open online course on National Adaptation Plans: Building Climate Resilience in Agriculture aims to equip participants with a better understanding of the interlinkages between climate change, agriculture, food security and the role of National Adaptation Plans. The course is an important learning opportunity for climate change practitioners, academics, students and government representatives interested in increasing their knowledge on what it means to incorporate climate change risks into planning and budgeting processes involving the agriculture sector. Using videos, interactive lessons, case studies and stories, this course explores the central elements and the process for addressing the agriculture sectors in the formulation and implementation of National Adaptation Plans. Read more here
Activity 8: Governance of Climate Finance (2017-2022) / Climate Finance Network (March 2020)
Project: Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to Enhance Gender Equality (2017-2022)
Since 2012 UNDP has been working with Sweden to generate knowledge and understanding of how to integrate a response to climate change within the budget process in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia. Building on existing partnerships and on the experience of supporting budget reforms in the first phase of the UNDP-Sweden partnership, this second phase of the programme will continue to support governments to implement budget reforms that enable the delivery of gender-responsive climate change related investments that would have positive impacts on poverty and human rights.
Further, the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub is working with key partners to establish a Climate Finance Network (CFN) as a knowledge management and technical support facility to identify and support climate finance innovations in the region and facilitate, accelerate and scale up these innovations. The programme was launched in March 2019 and will operate starting in March 2020.
Publication: Knowing What You Spend: A guidance note for governments to track climate change finance in their budgets
This guidance note is intended for government agencies responsible for climate finance within Ministries of Finance, Ministries of Planning, or climate change policy making bodies (e.g. Climate Change Commissions, Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Forests etc.) that wish to set up a CBT system or strengthen an existing one.
Partners: SIDA, DFID, UN Environment, UN Women.
Information on Climate Finance Network here
Information on “Knowing What You Spend” Publication here
Activity 9: GCF Readiness Programme (BMUB)
UNDP partnered with UN Environment and the World Resources Institute between 2015 and 2019 on a Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic of Germany GCF Readiness Programme, supporting nine developing countries. The programme enabled the participating countries to access, manage, deploy and monitor scaled-up financing through the GCF. In addition to institutional capacity building support, the programme supported 21 entities seeking GCF accreditation and development of 24 concepts and project proposals for further financing in the areas of both mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Read more here
Activity 10: NDA-focused GCF Readiness Project Sudan
The Sudan readiness project held a series of GCF engagement and training workshops in 2019. The engagement workshops started in the capital of the state of Gedarif, then went on the capital of Gezira; to the capital of the Northern state; the capital of North Kordofan; followed by GCF training in the capital of the North Darfur state (North, South, East, Centre and West Darfur), followed by Kassala town (Kassala, Gedarif and Red Sea states), Ed Damer town, River Nile state (River Nile and Northern states), the capital of the Blue Nile state (Blue Nile, Sennar, White Nile and Gezira states) and the capital of South Kordofan state (South, West and North Kordofan states). All travel to the GCF stakeholders’ engagement and training activities was done by road. It was in a journey that totaled 8,800 km. By the end, 220 persons have strengthened their understanding on the GCF and how to engage with it; and acquired skills in preparing GCF project proposals; 18 GCF project ideas were developed; and ad hoc GCF Technical committees were established in several states to continue engaging stakeholders in the GCF activities and turn project ideas into GCF funding proposals.
Activity 11: NDA-focused GCF Readiness Project Haiti
With support by the GCF Readiness Project Haiti, the NDA operational guidelines have been elaborated and the national coordination mechanism has been put in place through a national workshop. The non-objection procedure was developed and validated through a national workshop involving the participation of many stakeholders. A series of 11 stakeholder consultations were conducted in the 10 regions of the country, reaching 448 participants. These aimed to review and validate the Green Climate Fund's portfolio keeping gender-balanced attendance. The GCF-Haiti Country Programme document has been completed in 2019 and validated by the Ministry of Environment.
Information on Video here
Activity 12: NDA-focused GCF readiness projects
Through both the National Designated Authority (NDA) capacity strengthening activities to access the GCF and adaptation planning readiness support, UNDP has a majority share of projects under the GCF Readiness Programme portfolio as a delivery partner.
Capacity strengthening on national consultation and decision-making structures: UNDP strengthens the capacities of the GCF NDAs to increase national ownership on GCF engagement. This includes support to coordinate GCF engagement at the national level, to raise awareness on access to the GCF, and to develop decision-making structures and consultation mechanisms at the national level. In doing so, UNDP also helps the countries adapt the work planning to the impacts of COVID-19 in order to ensure that implementation continues and contributes, where possible, to the recovery efforts of the countries more broadly.
Capacity strengthening on identification of national GCF priorities: UNDP supports NDAs in developing national processes that allow to identify GCF project ideas in line with countries’ NDCs and to prioritise strategic projects for national GCF country programmes based on multi-stakeholder consultation processes.
Capacity strengthening on direct access to the GCF: UNDP works with countries to identify and strengthen national accredited entity candidates to help them access GCF funding directly.
Stakeholder engagement in consultative processes: UNDP strengthens countries’ capacities to strategically engage stakeholders, including the private sector, into national GCF processes.
Activity 13: GCF NAP Projects: Mainstreaming of climate change adaptation in planning and budgeting
UNDP supports 25 countries -both LDCs and developing countries in accessing funds in formulation and implementation of their NAPs. Of these, 14 proposals are approved, 23 have been submitted for review by the GCF, and 9 are being developed. The individual projects are country-driven following individual country circumstances, adhering to the guidelines from LDC Expert Group (LEG) on NAPs and aim to iteratively and comprehensively integrate climate risks into their national planning and budgeting processes.
Information on Bangladesh project here
Information on Papua New Guinea project here
Information on Uruguay project here
Information on Liberia project here
Gender mainstreaming and climate resilience in Zambia’s cashew sector: insights for adaptation planners
This case study documents insights on gender mainstreaming practices implemented in a large-scale agriculture development project with a climate change adaptation component in Western Province, Zambia. It describes the key gender issues in the project context, as well as the gender mainstreaming practices that are in place and have potential for scaling-up. Recommendations for policymakers indicate a way forward to enhance the promotion of gender equality in the context of adaptation to climate change impacts on agriculture. Read more here
Date: 5 March 2020
National Adaptation Plans Report: Lessons from Liberia 2019
Over the last two years, Liberia's Environmental Protection Agency, with the assistance of UNDP through the GCF funded National Adaptation Plan (NAP) project has been supporting the Government of Liberia to advance its medium-to long-term plans for integrating adaptation planning across critical sectors. Building on the momentum of the previous year, significant gains were also made in 2019. This report highlights the achievements of Liberia's National Adaptation Plan process in 2019, outlining it's strategy for resilience, new knowledge sharing platform and disaster database, graduate school on environmental studies and climate change, and so much more. Read more here
Date: 10 February 2020
NAP Country-Level Training
In response to requests for NAP support and capacity building in least developed and developing countries, a NAP country-level training has been designed by GIZ in collaboration with UNDP, UNITAR and UNEP under the umbrella of the NAP Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP). This training package aims to provide general understanding to in country teams on the conceptual approach of NAPs and the NAP technical guidelines, produced by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG).
UNITAR Skills Assessment
The publication “Skills Assessment for National Adaptation Planning” aims at assessing the skills and training needs for a country to design and implement National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). The 2015 edition focuses on “How Countries Can Identify the Gap” and introduces the skills assessment framework for NAPs. The 2017 edition delves deeper into the skills assessment framework by explaining the individual skills identified.
NAP-GSP/UNITAR Training Packages
In collaboration with UNITAR, the NAP-GSP has developed three training packages on aspects of adaptation, to support developing countries. The training packages provide technical experts from developing countries and LDCs with the knowledge and skills to advance their National Adaptation Plans process in the areas of climate finance, appraisal of adaptation options, and Mainstreaming adaptation into water resources.
Gender and M&E Guidance Note (available soon)
Author: UNDP, UN Environment, UNITAR, GEF, GIZ
Read more on country-level training here
Information on learning resources here
Activities Planned for the Next Quarter
The impacts of COVID-19 on adaptation planning among Asian LDCs
Type of Event: NAP-GSP webinar for Asian LDCs (Virtual)
Date: 10 June 2020
COVID-19 has posed on the world, the rationale behind organizing this webinar is to provide Asian LDC countries with a platform for south-south knowledge exchange on the challenges they are experiencing and how they are incorporating to ‘build back better’ during this period. The NAP-GSP has partnered with SLYCAN Trust to host a webinar for NAPs teams and government stakeholders located in Asia (East Asia, South East Asia, Oceania and SIDs) interested in hearing shared experiences from other Asian LDC countries on COVID-19 impacts on their development planning. Read more here
NAP Training for Francophone countries on how countries are measuring, monitoring and evaluating adaptation progress under their NAPs
Type of Event: Virtual
Date: 23 July 2020
The NAP-GSP convened over 100 stakeholders from African and Francophone Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and provided a platform for sharing knowledge on the links between National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and the strengthening of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for climate change. This south-south knowledge exchange is also likely to enrich the adaptation component of the Nationally Determined Contributions, as well as indicate potential mechanisms and good practices that participating countries can replicate and integrate into their NAP processes. Read more here