Integrating Climate Change Risks and Opportunities into National Development Processes and United Nations Country Programming – Cape Verde
Leading Organization:United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:UNDP, UNOPS
Current UN development assistance frameworks have yet to incorporate climate change risks. Nonetheless, their impact could considerably affect the attainment of the MDGs and the sustainability of present and future UN development actions. In addition, there are wasted opportunities in certain programmes and projects, which could contribute to the adaptation of the country to climate change.
One way to implement adaptation is to integrate, or ‘mainstream’ the considerations related to climate change into decision-making and planning processes. This involves taking into account risks and opportunities brought about by climate change, and putting in place adaptation measures that have a long-term vision of development.
With funds from the Spanish Government, UNDP implemented this project in five countries, including Cape Verde. The purpose of the project is to develop capacities of UN staff and Government stakeholders to integrate risks and opportunities of climate change in national programming and development policies, such as their UNDAF, sectoral programmes, and development plans.
Cape Verde was the first country to begin activities as part of this global pilot. The project team undertook a risk screening analysis of the One UN Programme (2006-2010) to identify climate risks, adaptation opportunities, risks of maladaptation, and potential adaptation measures to manage the risks. The draft UNDP methodology 'Quality Standards for Integrating Climate Change Adaptation' was used to undertake the screening. The project team hosted a workshop for UN Agencies to discuss the findings. More recently, the second phase of the project related to government stakeholders and development plans was completed. The project team evaluated the Poverty Strategy Reduction Paper (PRSP) and highlighted key adaptation measures for Cape Verde. A workshop was again hosted with over 30 participants from ministries and other national institutions to discuss the potential impact of climate change in Cape Verde. Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Malawi also took part in this prject. Their experience and lessons learned can be viewed on this ALM website).
1. Knowledge base and capacity of UNDP COs and/or UNCTs for managing climate change risks enhanced
2. Knowledge base to support the integration of climate change risks into national development policies strengthened
1.1 Risk-screening of programming documents/projects, and adjustment of programming procedures in the pilot countries.
1.2 Capacity development of UNDP COs, UNCTs and other relevant stakeholders in the pilot countries.
1.3 Synthesis and dissemination of lessons learned through the ALM.
2.1 Risk screening of climate change risks into national development policies in pilot countries.
2.2 Synthesis and dissemination of lessons learned through the ALM.
Primary Beneficiaries:UNCT/UNDP CO and National Government Stakeholders