Nepal Climate Change Support Programme

Location of NCCSP Regional Offices

The Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP) has been started with the aim of ensuring the poorest and most vulnerable communities in Nepal are able to adapt to the effects of climate change.  This is the first significant intervention on climate change adaptation in Nepal in line with the recommendation of the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA). The programme document has been designed in close collaboration with Government of Nepal and stakeholders and has been closely aligned with the NAPA (2010) and the Three Year Plan (2010/11-2013/14). NCCSP is also being guided by the Climate Change Policy (2011) and National Framework on LAPA (2011). The NAPA has brought forward priority adaptation options, in particular the most urgent and immediate adaptation programmes in key vulnerable sectors under nine combined profiles while the Three Year Plan (2010/11-2013/14) of Nepal has the objectives of promoting green development, making development activities climate-friendly and resilient, mitigating the negative impacts of climate change and promoting adaptation. NCCSP corresponds to Combined Priority 1 of NAPA – “Promoting Community based Adaptation through Integrated Management of Agriculture, Water, Forest and Biodiversity Sectors”.

The overall goal of NCCSP programme is to ensure that the Nepal's poorest and most vulnerable people are able to adapt well to climate change effects. The key objective is to enhance the capacity of government (particularly the Ministry of Population and Environment - MoPE and Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development -MoFALD) and non-government (NGOs, CBOs, private sector and communities) institutions to implement the Nepal's Climate Change Policy (2011) and execute the most urgent and immediate adaptation actions in order to increase the resilience of the climate vulnerable, and poor people of Nepal.

NCCSP includes the components of and build linkages with important cross-cutting themes such as improved governance, a strong commitment to women’s empowerment and the inclusion of the poor and socially disadvantaged groups and ecosystem sustainability. The NCCSP links bottom up (local) and top down (national) processes. This approach also ensures that climate adaptation is integrated into local development processes through local government, private sector and community based organizations.

What have we accomplished so far

  • A total of 1588 Local Adaptation Plans for Action (LAPA) priority actions have been implemented  benefitting 212,487 participants (144,813 in 2015) from 52, 630 households. Out of these, 41.7 percent of female have benefitted during last two years.
  • Institutional mechanisms such as District, village and municipality level energy, environment climate change coordination committees (including the monitoring committees have been established and are fully functional and capacitate to implement and promote adaptation and resilience measures in 90 VDCs and 7 municipalities in 14 programme districts.
  • LAPAs have been fully integrated into local planning process, DDCs have integrated climate change actions into their Periodic District Development Plans (PDDP).

Capacity Development

  • Capacity development packages such as CCA, GESI and M&E training manuals have been prepared to district and village level stakeholders. A total of 136 sessions have been organised under TA benefitting 3,293 SHs during 2 years period.
  • 95 LAPA Facilitators (55 female) have received training on social mobilisation and climate change which has helped to capacitate the LAPA facilitators in carrying out their responsibilities with better understanding on mobilising the community people for LAPA implementation. In 2015, nearly 4,500 such orientation have been conducted for WCF members and they have incresed their understanding on climate change,  lobby and advocate cc agenda at local level planning.
  • Programme has enhanced its visibility and advocacy both at national and international level through various communication media, documenting success stories, presentation in workshops/seminar etc.  NCCSP was recognized as one of the five best practices out of 170 global submissions under Nairobi Work Programme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in CoP 21, Paris.
  • - The programme has been supporting government officials to represent the country in international climate change meetings, such as, COP meeting. This support together with other technical inputs from the programme has enabled the MoPE officials to lead in international Climate Change negotiations.
  • The programme has also supported the government for various cause and capacity to interact as LDC expert group, Adaptation Fund Board Member and Executive Committee on loss and damage. Similarly, support has been provided on organising Climate Change NGO forum meeting to share and update on what is being held in Nepal in response to climate change by various actors.
  • An exposure visit to Dhaka, Bangladesh was organised to the Government of Nepal Officials from different ministries and organizations, which helped to enhance the climate change adaptation knowledge of government staffs.
  • The Multi-Stakeholder Climate Change Initiative Coordination Committee (MCCICC) operational guideline has been prepared and reviewed by MoSTE. The guidelines provides enhanced role for MCCICC to act as a forum for sharing experiences, lessons learnt, innovations and making a coherent response to climate change issues.
  • MoSTE, in association with AEPC, has prepared Low Carbon Economic Development Strategy (LCEDS). Similarly, Change policies and documents has been reviewed from GESI perspective.
  • MoSTE has supported to make final draft on Gender and Climate Change Strategy which is in final stage of approval.
  • The project has prepared a draft operational guidelines to establish Local Climate Adaptation Funds (LCAF) at local level, recognizing the need for immediate availability of economic resources at the local level necessary to respond to the adaptive needs of highly vulnerable communities.  76 VDCs/Municipalities have established LCAF.
  • The project has disseminated the draft Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to wider audience to collect feedbacks and supported to prepare final draft of the document and the INDC has been submitted to the UNFCCC.
  • The project also supported MoSTE to launch the National Adaptation Plan Formulation Process on 18th September 2015 in a conference of distinguished professionals, technicians and academicians in Kathmandu. 

Latest Updates

  • Ms. Dhami Kumari Basnet washes her cloth in the newly installed water tap

    Water for all

    Four newly-installed taps are providing the water-scarce villages of Majhgaun and Kutigaun in Jajarkot district with easy access to drinking water Up until last year, Dhamimore

Project Overview


Project duration:
January 2013 to December 2016

Geographic coverage:
14 districts of Nepal - 3 in far-west (Achham, Bajura, Kailali) and 11 in the mid-west (Bardiya, Dolpa, Humla, Jumla, Mugu, Dailekh, Jajarkot, Kalikot, Dang, Rolpa and Rukum)

Focus Area:
Environment, Energy and Climate Change

Implemented by:
Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE)

Implementing Partners:
Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD)
District Development Committees (DDCs)
District Energy, Environment and Climate Change Sections (DEECCS)

UNDP's role:
Technical assistance

UNDP focal point:
Mr. Vijay Prasad Kesari
Environment Programme Analyst

Contact Information of the Project:
Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP)
Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE)
Singhadurbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 1 4211894, 1 6200894