Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP)

Status: Active  

Phase I: 2013-2017

Phase I Transition Extension: 2018- Oct 2019

Geographic coverage: Humla, Mugu, Dolpa, Bajura, Jumla, Achham, Kalikot, Dailekh, Jajarkot, Rolpa, Rukkum, Dang, Bardiya, Kailali   [Preliminary identification of NCCSP’s working areas under new federal structure consists of 43 Rural Municipalities, 22 Municipalities and a Sub-Metropolitan City across three western provinces]  
Focus area: Energy, Environment, Climate and Disaster Risk Management  
Implemented by:

Central: Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoFE),

District: 1 Palika from each 14 project districts

Collaborating partners: Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD), Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC)    
Funded by: DFID, EU and Government of Cyprus, UNDP    


Nepal’s low level development, complex topography and variability in climate and micro-climate within shorter distance makes it vulnerable to climate change. The climate vulnerability assessment conducted in 2010 showed that more than 1.9 million people are highly vulnerable to climate change while another 10 million are increasingly at risk (NAPA, 2010)—and this is likely to increase in the future. In order to address the adverse effects of a changing climate, Nepal has prepared a National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA)  in 2010 and a Climate Change Policy in 2011. Likewise, the Government also  approved the National Framework on Local Adaptation Plans for Action (LAPA) in 2011, based on which 100 LAPAs were prepared for implementation in 87 VDCs and 9 municipalities of 14 climate-vulnerable districts of the mid and far-western regions. In this context, the Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP) strives to continue to build the capacity of vulnerable communities to adapt to the negative effects of climate change.


The Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP) started with an aim to ensure 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 NAPA. The programme document was designed in close collaboration with Government of Nepal and stakeholders and has been closely aligned with the NAPA and the Three Year Plan (2010/11-2013/14). NCCSP will also be 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. In doing so, the programme has three key outputs to contribute to achieve its goals and objectives;

1.     Implementing LAPA in its working districts,

2.     Establishing and strengthening institutional mechanisms at the district, municipality and village level to implement and promote scalable adaptation and resilient measures,

3.     Developing and strengthening GoN’s institutional and financial mechanism to  support CCA, including a collaborative model to implement climate change initaitives

NCCSP will include 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 will be linking bottom up (local) and top down (national) processes.  This approach will also ensure that climate adaptation is integrated into local development processes through local government, private sector and community based organizations.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • NCCSP effectively implemented 2,568 LAPA actions to address the most urgent and immediate actions of climate vulnerable people. These actions have been benefiting more than 600,000 vulnerable people.
  • The programme created 246,395 working days, mitigating disaster risks and increasing agricultural productivity through improved infrastructure.
  • 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.
  • Formulated 14 District Energy and Environment Committees (DEEC), 87 Village EEC, 8 Municipality EECs. These committees now work proactively to identify local adaptation needs, monitor and evaluate implementation in local levels.
  • The programme achieved national and international recognition and is now widely known in Climate Change Adaptation. Some of its work won the Adaptation Fund Photo contest in the category of “People’s Champion Award” and the “Honorable Mention”.
  • Established and strengthened institutional mechanisms at the district, municipality and village level to implement and promote scalable adaptation and resilient measures,
  • Developed and strengthened GoN’s institutional and financial mechanisms to support CCA, including a collaborative model to implement climate change initiatives.
  • Through various awareness raising programmes, more people of the 14 districts have developed knowledge and awareness on climate change and its impact.
  • Women from marginalized communities have developed capacities and competencies to voice their concerns in villages. As a result, women representation in VEEC’s decision making and monitoring body now is 48%.  

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UNDP focal point:
Vijay Kesari
Environment Programme Analyst
UNDP, UN House, Pulchowk, Lalitpur
GPO Box 107, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 15523200 
Fax: +977 15523991


Project focal point:
Mr. Naresh Sharma
National Programme Manager
Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP)
Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE)
Singhadurbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 1 4211894, 1 6200894

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