National Capacity Self-Assessment Sub-Regional Workshop
Joint UNDP/UNEP Global Support Programme
UN Girgiri Center, Nairobi, Kenya
4 – 6 November 2009
Workshop Report Approved in November 2003, the National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) programme was the first pathway of the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Strategic Approach to Enhance Capacity Building, which provided a framework to develop countries’ capacities for environmental management.
Implemented as projects, they were/are an opportunity for countries to assess their management capacities and formulate a natio
Climate resilient cities : a primer on reducing vulnerabilities to climate change impacts and strengthening disaster risk management in East Asian citiesSubmitted by andrea on Tue, 2009-12-08 07:39
A primer on reducing vulnerabilities to climate change impacts and strengthening disaster risk management in East Asian cities is prepared as a guide for local governments in the East Asia Region to better understand the concepts and consequences of climate change; how climate change consequences contribute to urban vulnerabilities; and what is being done by city governments in East Asia and around the world to actively engage in learning, capacity building, and capital investment programs for building sustainable, resilient communities.
People-Centred Resilience: Working with vulnerable farmers towards climate change adaptation and food securitySubmitted by andrea on Fri, 2009-11-27 00:14
This Oxfam report outlines why donors and national governments must take immediate action to help vulnerable farmers build their resilience in order to improve their food security despite climate shocks (Oxfam, 2009).
“Globally, 1.7 billion farmers are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. The many who are already hungry are particularly vulnerable. Yet scaling up localised ‘resilience’ successes offers hope for these farmers, while helping to address the climate problem.
National adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) provide a process for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change – those for which further delay would increase vulnerability and/or costs at a later stage. The following summarizes the NAPA for Nepal.
- Component 1: A National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) is prepared and disseminated.
- Component 2: A Climate Change Knowledge Management and Learning Platform for Nepal is developed and maintained.
- Component 3: A multi-stakeholder Framework of Action for Climate Change in Nepal is developed.
- OUTPUT 1: A National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) is prepared and disseminated
- OUTPUT 2: A Climate Change Knowledge Management and Learning Platform for Nepal is developed and maintained
- OUTPUT 3: A multi-stakeholder Framework of Action for Climate Change in Nepal is developed
UNDP Regional Technical Advisor
- Gernot Laganda
- UNDP Regional Centre Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)2288 2644
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This publication has been prepared by the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), through its High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP). It brings together information on activities undertaken throughout the United Nations system, including its agencies, funds and programmes, as contributed by the respective entities. The information was compiled by the CEB Secretariat, while the illustrations, photos and formatting have been provided by the UN Department of Public Information, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Produced at United Nations Headquarters, New York in November 2008
Implementing Agency:United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:Ministry of Lands, Environment, Forestry, Water and Natural Resources
The objectives of NAPAs are: -To serve as simplified and direct channels of communication for information relating to the urgent and immediate needs for adaptation in Senegal -To facilitate capacity building for the preparation of national communications, and addressing urgent and immediate adaptation needs. Linkages to ongoing activities: Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Rwanda has begun the preparation of its first national communication.
Project Status:Under Implementation
Implementing Agency:International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:Ministère de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable; Ministère du Développement Rural; Ministère de l’Hydraulique et de l’Assainissement
To increase the resilience of rural communities to increased water stress and reduced productivity of agricultural and livestock sector as related to climate change impacts. Situated in the Saharan region of West Africa, Mauritania fronts the Atlantic Ocean on the west is bordered by Western Sahara on the northwest, Algeria on the north, Mali on the east and southeast, and Senegal on the southwest. Except for the valley of the River Senegal on the south, two thirds of Mauritania is within the Sahara Desert.
1. Vulnerable crop production systems adapted to current and future climate change impact
2. Increased climate resilience of livestock system
3. Increased efficiency and climate-proofed water management systems
4. Capacity building and awareness raising on climate change impact on rural production systems
5. Project management and M
1. Suitable farming and environmental conditions restored under a context of deterioration due to changed climatic conditions. - Quality of crops improved in terms of increased resilience to climatic factors. - Risk associated with possible decreases in crop productivity minimized (leading to a % reduction of crop failure due to increased climatic stress) and % reduction of crop productivity derived from increased pressure of divagating livestock reduced. - Economic vulnerability of rural livelihoods reduced by ensuring a % increase in farmers’ income thanks to the diversification of protected crop production (at least two secondary crops in the oasis) and by ensuring a % increase in wood energy supply (by planting a small scale perimeter of tree species adapted to arid zone).
2. - Integrated livestock cropping systems piloted in 5 oasis and/or potentially irrigated areas - % increase in feed units uptake from valorized fodder to improved animal resilience to climatic stress - Decrease in livestock mortality expected from climate change impact - Decrease pressure on pastoral areas around oasis zones leading to less degradation and better resilience of cropping systems - Improve natural regeneration of arid adapted Panicum species through air seeding in vicinity of the oasis - Improved range management system compatible with rangeland production and capacity in oasis region and semi-arid zone
3. Reliable system for water resource monitoring is established in targeted areas - Drip irrigation systems implemented in 8 oasis and/or semi-arid areas - 40 % increase in water use efficiency for irrigation due to the adoption of suitable water conservation technologies. - Breaking water runoff dikes in oasis zones constructed - National and local water management planning consider adequately climate change impact
4. - Decision makers trained on increasing the resilience of national/local water management policies (6 sessions) - 15 villages and 40 households targeted by adaptation awareness raising campaigns - Traditional knowledge is captured through case studies and dissemination mechanisms at the local level are designed/promoted - Training materials on adaptation of agricultural production systems to climate change is produced.
Project Contact Person:
Mr. Naoufel Telahigue
Tel: +39 065 459 2572
Project Status:Council Approved
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:UNDP, Vidergeburt 'Taldykorgan' Germans Society
The project will focus on the Sarkland district of Almaty Oblast, a dry livestock-producing area. Climate is extremely continental and dry, with long winters and hot summers. Only precipitation that falls in the winter is considered agriculturally useful as the melting snow is able to seep into the soil and contribute to the soil moisture. The precipitation that falls in the summer, however, evaporates quickly and is not easily used by plants nor useful to agriculturalists.
The UNDP CBA project will focus on the reduction of land degradation risks stemming form increasing summer temperatures, hot winds, and declining winter snowfall. The project will build on baseline measures to irrigate local haymaking lands and rehabilitating the agricultural dam on the nearby Lepsy River. The project will also have a capacity-building component and a component aimed at disseminating identifies good practices nationally.
The outputs include:
- 1.) Reforestation of the sections of the project area with Sauxal (a local drought-resistant shrub)that can serve to aggregate wind-blown snow during winter, thus "harvesting' snow for the spring melt, and thereby improving summer fodder;
- 2.) Reconstruction of the dam on the Lepsy River;
- 3.) Increase the community capacity to sustainable produce livestock in the face of increased aridity.
CBA Project Management Unit:
Project Status:Completed, December 2011
Primary Beneficiaries:Local communities of the Sarkland district of Almaty Oblast
ALM Case Study 2010 - Country Pilot Partnership for Integrated Sustainable Land Management Namibia: Adapting to Climate Change through the Improvement of Traditional Crops and Livestock Farming (CPP NAM: CCA)Submitted by andrea on Wed, 2009-09-02 02:56
Adaptation Experience:Namibia is one of the most arid countries south of the Sahara, characterized by high climatic variability in the form of persistent droughts, unpredictable and variable rainfall patterns, variability in temperatures and scarcity of water. The Initial National Communication (2002) classified Namibia as highly vulnerable to the predicted effects of climate change. Expected climate change impacts will most significantly affect water availability and natural resource management.
Results and Learning:
According to a recently completed questionnaire from the Namibian project team, the project has achieved numerous intended results. Progress to date includes112 households that have been provided with improved goat rams. These goat rams are better adapted to the climate, and have higher reproductive capacity. There is use of improved seeds and conservation tillage practices to achieve optimum yield, combined with manure and fertilizers. On the improved seeds and fertilizers under rain-fed agriculture, interviews with the beneficiaries informed satisfactory yield production. There have been contributions to drip irrigation for production of vegetables such as onions, cabbage and tomatoes. Innovation is also demonstrated by the Epandulo Project where fertilizer is being added to the pump drip irrigation system, making farming more efficient and productive.
Project results also include provision of plastic storage granaries for grains to replace traditional structures made of wood. Plastic granaries protect against the damage caused by pests, a particular problem with improved seed, and flood damage, as well as helping to combat deforestation by substituting demand for wood. Seven of these plastic granaries have been distributed to households and satisfaction has been expressed by beneficiaries in areas such as Elim. 80 domesticated guinea fowls were distributed to 20 households and six community groups, including HIV/AIDS support groups, as a way of diversifying livelihoods. 30 plastic water tanks installed at public places as well as at 40 households for the harvesting of rainwater, which can store enough water for 3 months for a household. Households have been co- financing the installation of the tanks by contributing to the purchasing of the gutters, taps and the concrete stand for the tank. Improved crop variety has been incorporated into the planting routine of the Farmers with Okashana no: 2, Marcia and Kangara seeds. These seeds are drought tolerant and are grown in conjunction of the traditional seeds to mitigate the risk of yield losses when floods occur.
The project has built adaptive capacity and trained staff from supporting institutions and 200 farmers (with the intention that they can then train others), some adaptive activities can be incorporated within the Ministries of Agriculture Water and Forestry activities and ensure financial support to community after end of project. At least 2 local personnel are being trained on the project activities.
The community information toolkit that has been created can be used elsewhere to create awareness and includes a range of adaptive options. Rainwater harvesting methods can be replicated and used to capture rainwater for household uses.
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC), Caribbean Community (CARICOM), World Bank, Government of Canada, Global Environment Facility, Government of United States
The objective of the Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change Project (MACC), is to facilitate an enabling environment for climate change adaptation in the Caribbean Community small islands, and coastal developing states participating in this effort.
* Component 1) Build Capacity to Assess Vulnerability and Risk Associated with Climate Change; build regional capacity to collect and analyze data, and expand the overall knowledge base on climate change impacts and associated physical, social and economic vulnerabilities.
* Component 2) Build Capacity to Reduce Vulnerability to Climate Change; build in-country capacity to formulate and analyze adaptation policy options, and finalize sectoral adaptation strategies whcih will be prepared for all participating countries.
* Component 3) Build Capacity to Effectively Access and Utilize resources to Reduce Vulnerability to Climate Change.
* Component 4) Public Education and Outreach; support a public education and outreach program geared towards improving decision-making, encouraging policy changes where required, strengthening information access and data resources for key stakeholders, disseminating project-generating data and information, and fostering public awareness about the potential impacts climate change.
* Component 5) Project Management; provide support to CARICOM and timely execution of the project, including project administration as well as planning, monitoring, and evaluating project activities over the duration of the project.
Build capacity to Assess Vulnerability and Risks Associated with Climate Change, Build Capacity to Reduce Vulnerability to climate Change, Build Capacity to Effectively Access and Utilize Resources to Reduce Vulnerability to Climate Change, Public Education and Outcome, Project Management.
Contact Person: Chris Neal