Nepal Climate Change Support Programme
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
- In 2015, UNDP effectively implemented 873 most urgent and immediate actions as documented in 100 local adaptation plans for action (LAPA) benefiting 78,717 vulnerable people.
- The programme created 95,786 working days (and employed 29 percent women), mitigating disaster risks and increasing agricultural productivity through improved infrastructure like irrigation.
- In addition, UNDP supported mechanisms have pulled together all relevant stakeholders and created a platform to discuss climate change agendas and monitoring of ongoing action plans.