Initiatives Support Adaptation Planning, Promote Gender in Adaptation
Peter Luethi, Biovision Foundation
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The NAP Regional Training Workshop for African non-LDCs sought to improve the understanding of the NAPs process, and take stock of the relevant guidance, tools and methods to help countries develop roadmaps and strategies for their NAPs.

The GIZ report titled, ‘The Role of the NAP Process in Translating NDC Adaptation Goals into Action: Linking NAP processes and NDCs,’ aims to provide guidance to national policymakers on how to link the NAP processes and NDCs.

UN-organized workshops in Zambia and Nepal promoted gender issues in NAP processes and in the agriculture sector.

27 October 2017: The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Regional Training Workshop for African non-Least Developed Countries (LDCs) sought to support their medium- to long-term climate change adaptation planning processes. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmBH (GIZ) issued a report linking NAP processes and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Workshops advanced the integration of gender in NAP processes in Zambia and Nepal.

The NAP Regional Training Workshop for African non-LDCs, organized by the joint UN Environment (UNEP) – UN Development Programme (UNDP) NAP Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), with financial support from the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), took place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from 17-19 October. Its objectives were to: improve the understanding of the NAPs process; take stock of the relevant guidance, tools and methods to help countries develop roadmaps and strategies for their NAPs; take stock of what countries are doing on advancing their respective NAP processes; share lessons learnt and experiences; and exchange information on the mechanisms and options for supporting NAPs. [NAP-GSP Press Release] [Workshop Webpage] [Climate Change Adaptation UNDP Press Release]

The GIZ report concludes that linking the NAP process to the development of NDCs can not only accelerate enhanced adaptation action, and increase international and domestic support for the NAP process, but also support implementation of the SDGs.

The GIZ report titled, ‘The Role of the NAP Process in Translating NDC Adaptation Goals into Action: Linking NAP processes and NDCs,’ aims to provide guidance to national policymakers on how to link the NAP processes and NDCs. The study concludes that linking the NAP process to the development of NDCs can, inter alia: accelerate enhanced adaptation action and raise the profile of adaptation on the national agenda; increase international and domestic political support, as well as national budgetary support, for the NAP process; help identify mitigation and adaptation co-benefits; and support delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). [The Role of the NAP Process in Translating NDC Adaptation Goals into Action: Linking NAP processes and NDCs]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Zambia and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Zambia, convened a four-day workshop to address gender issues in the formulation and implementation of NAPs for the country’s agriculture sector. Part of the activities of the UNDP-FAO Integrating Agriculture in NAPs (NAP-Ag) Programme, which is funded by the Government of Germany, the workshop took place in Siavonga, Zambia, from 18-21 September. [Climate Change Adaptation UNDP Press Release on the Workshop] [FAO NAP-Ag Press Release]

UNDP-supported Climate Information and Early Warning Systems Project is also working with the Zambian government to promote climate-smart agricultural practices to support rural Zambian farming families, especially women, to improve livelihoods through building their resilience to climate change. [Climate Change Adaptation UNDP Press release on the Project]

FAO Nepal, in collaboration with the UNDP and NAP-Ag, convened a three-day workshop on integrating gender in climate risk assessments and adaptation planning at the local level in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 8-10 October. The workshop sought to strengthen the capacity of Nepal’s NAP-Ag Project Technical Taskforce (PTT) and contractors to integrate gender analysis methods and tools in climate risk assessments and adaptation planning in the agriculture sector. [Climate Change Adaptation UNDP Press Release] [FAO NAP-Ag Press Release]

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