Democratic Republic of Congo-National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP)
The National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) is a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) programme, financed by the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). The NAP-GSP is assisting Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to advance National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). NAPs will bring greater focus and coordination to country-led efforts in disaster management and disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation. The NAP will add to the strategic suite of other sectoral plans and policies for countries that help to guide internal development resourcing mechanisms as well as those provided by donors. The programme was launched on 14 June 2013. As of November 2013, partner agencies to the NAP-GSP include UNDP, UNEP, World Health Organization (WHO), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Global Water Partnership (GWP), German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) , Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
NAP-GSP support is based on three main pillars:
1) Institutional support
2) Technical support
3) Knowledge brokering
UNDP-UNEP efforts will support LDCs in integrating medium- to long-term planning for adaptation to climate change. These NAPs will be integrated within or aligned with the current development planning and budgeting processes within each country. This will ensure that a successful NAP is not a stand-alone document, but will be integrated into existing development and poverty reduction plans. The NAP process is country-driven, continuous, participatory, progressive and iterative. The process will enable LDCs to identify, finance and implement appropriate adaptation measures, and to balance sectoral and cross-sectoral priorities, at national, sub-national and local levels. Importantly, the medium- to long-term adaptation planning underpinning the NAPs should be multi-stakeholder oriented, and based on and guided by the best available science, rigorous collection and analysis of appropriate data, and consideration of experiences and good practices within, and outside, countries.
NAP-GSP status in the Democratic Republic of Congo:
- NAP-GSP team has held a telecon with the focal point for DRC, Jean Ndembo. Discussions covered the following:
- The DRC is commencing a capacity building programme on the economics of adaptation funded by UNDP alongside a number of other programs that could serve as potential entry-points for NAP-GSP to build on.
- Under this process, working groups have been initiated to evaluate the vulnerability of five key sectors to the DRC: energy, water, agriculture, health and the economy.
- DRC is also embarking on the development of its 'Vision 2035' programme with the expert support of UNDP. Vision 2035 considers aspects of climate change adaptation. It was proposed that the NAP could build on Vision 2035 and that the NAP-GSP could help identify political entry-points for long term adaptation planning through Vision 2015.
- DRC are keen for a country mission to take place at earliest, to start the process of identifying key players and institutions which need to be involved in the NAP process. This work plan could also be accompanied by a proposal for funding.
- As a next step, a TOR for this initial mission (likely to take place in January 2014) will be developed by the NAP-GSP and shared with the DRC focal point.