Integrating Climate Change Risks and Opportunities into National Development Processes and United Nations Country Programming – Malawi
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 is implementing this pilot project in five countries, including Malawi. 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. The Malawi activities took place between June and December 2009. One UN document and two government documents were screened for climate risks and opportunities: 1) UNDAF, 2) the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy, and 3) the Agriculture Sector-wide Approach.
The project team undertook a risk screening analysis of these documents to identify climate risks, adaptation opportunities, and risks of maladaptation using the draft UNDP methodology 'Quality Standards for Integrating Climate Change Adaptation'. A two-day workshop took place in November where five UN Agencies and 21 national institutions took part in climate change information sessions and roundtable discussions. Bilateral meetings with donor agencies and ministries took place in parrallel to build a mapping of institutions active in the area of climate change inthe country. The project was also implemented in Cape Verde, Colombia, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Information on these other country experiences can be found 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 UN 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 in government development policies in pilot countries.
2.2 Synthesis and dissemination of lessons learned through the ALM.
Primary Beneficiaries:UNCT/UNDP Country Office and National Government Stakeholders