- A national workshop developed a common understanding on how best to advance the NAP process, with a view to integrating adaptation into socioeconomic and environmental policies.
- 80+ national stakeholders took stock of the collective efforts of all seven provinces of Nepal on adaptation planning priorities.
- Participants shared their views on specific adaptation measures and activities that should be reflected in Nepal's NAP.
27 August 2019, Kathmandu - The government of Nepal has held a national level consultation workshop to share the outcomes of its recent seven provincial level workshops on its NAP. The objective is to lay the groundwork for integrating adaptation into development planning, with support from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Key outcomes from the provincial workshops include the need for a stronger integration of local governments into the NAP process, a better coordinated mechanism for multilevel policy alignment at all levels of government, an increased understanding of progress on adaptation at the national, subnational and local levels, and the need for developing innovative funding mechanisms and revising existing funding strategies for financing adaptation activities.
Held within the framework of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) readiness and preparatory support project, titled Building Capacity to Advance National Adaptation Plan Process in Nepal (hereinafter referred to as the GCF NAP project), this three-year project aims to make a significant contribution towards enhancing the institutional coordination mechanism in Nepal.
‘Nepal as a mountainous and land-locked least developed country is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. The NAP document to be formulated from this project would have to address the needs and priorities of government at all levels, all the way down to the local level,’ said His Excellency Minister Shaktibahadur Basnet of the Nepalese Ministry of Forests and Environment.
Nepal, through the GCF NAP project, will put in place the capacity for establishing funding strategies for the implementation of its NAP process with a periodic monitoring and review, drawing upon methodologies for understanding baselines and progression of vulnerability and risks in Nepal.
More than 80 representatives from federal government, civil society, private sector and international partners attended the NAP national workshop in Kathmandu on 27 August 2019.
‘Nepal’s efforts on the adaptation process should go hand in hand with the efforts to achieve sustainable development goals," said Dr Krishna P Oli, Member of the National Planning Commission. "The stakeholders consulted today would be key allies for the Government of Nepal in advancing its NAP process as they provide necessary input and ideas from their respective sectors and regions."