Mainstreaming Adaptation

UNDP supports countries to formulate integrated climate change strategies, access climate finance mechanisms, and develop and strengthen the policies, institutions, capacities, knowledge and transformative change required to build a climate-resilient zero-carbon future.

UNDP provides support to countries that develop and implement initiatives focusing on these areas: Low-Emission Development Strategies, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions, National Adaptation Programmes of Action, National Communications, Cross-Cutting Capacity Development projects. We now also support countries to advance National Adaptation Plans which integrate medium and long-term climate risks and uncertainties into national and subnational development planning and budgeting efforts.


Scaling up Climate Ambition on Land Use and Agriculture through NDCs and National Adaptation Plans (SCALA)

The UNDP and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are co-leading a new 5-year programme called Scaling up Climate Ambition on Land Use and Agriculture through Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans (SCALA), funded by the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through its International Climate Initiative (IKI). SCALA responds to the urgent need for increased action to cope with climate change impacts in the agriculture and land use sectors and will support at least twelve countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to build adaptive capacity and to implement low emission priorities.

Supporting developing countries to advance national adaptation plans (NAPs)

UNDP and UN Environment are together providing global support to developing countries to advance their National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes, through technical and institutional support, and through facilitating regional exchange and learning. The joint UNDP/UN Environment National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) works in partnership with governments in more than 40 developing countries globally to advance their NAPs.

Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag)

The joint UNDP-FAO Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) Programme supports partner countries to identify and integrate climate adaptation measures for the agricultural sectors into relevant national planning and budgeting processes. The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), through its International Climate Initiative (IKI).

Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC)

A partnership between the United Nations and sub-national governments for fostering climate friendly development at the sub-national level.

Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme

A global initiative to support national climate change mitigation efforts, low emission development strategies and enhanced measuring, reporting and verification systems.

National Communications (NCs)

National Communication offers countries the opportunity to contribute with technically sound studies and information that can be used for designing mitigation and adaptation measures, and project proposals that will help increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change.

National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs)

National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) provide a process for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change.

Cross-cutting Capacity Development (CCCD)

Capacity Development (CCCD) address those important capacity needs that will enhance a country’s ability to meet its obligations under international conventions by creating synergies, while at the same time mainstreaming multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) into national policy, management or financial and legislative frameworks.