On November 9th, the NAP Global Network and Grenada co-hosted an official side event at COP 22. The event focused on the recent activities of the NAP Global Network and highlighted Grenada’s and Albania’s national adaptation planning processes.
The event was moderated by Mr. Trevor Thompson (Grenada) who first introduced Frank Fass-Metz from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Mr. Fass-Metz provided opening remarks emphasizing the importance of the NAP process for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Network’s fitting position to support and build on the momentum of the agreement and engage with further donors to enhance bilateral development assistance for NAP planning processes.
Hayley Price-Kelly, (NAP Global Network Secretariat, IISD) introduced the NAP Global Network and updated on the latest activities to date. These activities included the peer exchange program that matches participants with peers in other countries who are addressing similar questions in their NAP processes. She further underscored targeted support for national level action through the Network’s Country Support Hub, highlighting Morocco and Botswana where the Network provided responsive support for the country’s respective NAP processes. To further enhance bilateral support, the Network recently completed a survey to find out what bilateral donors are currently doing and how they can better engage in relevant processes. Additionally, the Network will host NAP assemblies in Togo, Peru and Ethiopia in the near future and continues to produce useful guidance and knowledge products for countries, such as the guidance note on vertical integration.
Ms. Martina Duncan (Grenada) introduced participants to Grenada’s NAP process outlining its objectives and the opportunity it provided to coordinate mainstreaming climate change into new and existing development planning processes and into sectors and different political levels. Grenada aligned its NAP document with the country’s Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy and the National Strategic development plan 2030. The document functions as an umbrella that is guided by a number of principles and outlines programs of actions with 14 responding goals. Ms. Duncan shared some important lessons learned from the NAP process. She stressed the importance of being realistic about expectations and timeframes in the NAP process, prioritizing to address this, and ensuring ownership by key climate-sensitive sectors outside the environment ministry. She also noted the role of the NAP in generating interest from development partners to support implementation of priorities identified.
The presentations were followed by a panel discussion with Network participants from Albania, the United States, and Grenada as well as questions from the floor, moderated by Hayley Price-Kelly. The engaging discussion demonstrated the results participants are seeing through their engagement in the Network, and interest in the Network’s activities. Listen to the Question &Answer session:
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