Supporting Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to advance their NAP Process

Project Overview

Oct 2014
A workshop is held in the capital Kinshasa to identify entry points for NAP process 
Jan 2015
A NAP roadmap is approved and an inception workshop for NAP process takes place
Oct 2016
A NAP-GSP consultation mission to DRC takes place to identify entry points for NAP process
Nov 2016
A Stocktaking Report produced after mission is approved by a wide range of stakeholders
Dec 2017
The DRC ratifies the Paris Agreement and submits their First Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)
Jan 2018
The GCF approves the Readiness and Preparatory Support Proposal submitted by the DRC for potential funding to support their NAP process
Aug 2018
An inception workshop is planned for the NAP planning project outlined in the Readiness proposal approved by the GCF

Country background, Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement

The DRC is the second largest country in Africa with four different climatic zones, each of which will be affected by climate change in myriad ways. Increasing rainfall and droughts will hamper agricultural productivity as well as the hydropower industry, both of which are key to the country’s economy.  Whereas heavier rainfall will cause floods, landslides and foster waterborne diseases, which will likely claim human lives.
The DRC has worked on addressing its vulnerabilities to climate change for a number of years. In 2006 the country developed a National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) which listed a number of priority adaptation projects, some of which have now been implemented. In 2015 they submitted their NDC to the Paris Agreement which contained certain adaptation commitments, specifically; the protection of rural and urban communities’ livelihoods; improved forest resource management; and the protection and preservation of ecosystems in coastal areas. It also adopted a comprehensive policy and action plan, the “2016-2020 National Climate Change Policy, Strategy and Action Plan (PSPA-CC)”. It was developed to align with DRC’s vision of cutting emissions by 17% by the year 2030, focusing both on mitigation and adaptation priorities.
More recently, the National Strategic Plan for Development (PNSD) has been enacted as the country’s overarching development strategy, covering the period 2017-2050. It offers an opportunity to integrate the adaptation priorities identified in the NDC as well as climate-relevant SDGs, into the plans and budgets of each economic sector.

How has the NAP-GSP supported to date?


Organised a NAP awareness and mobilization workshop


In Kinshasa, from 1 – 3 October 2014. The workshop was held to improve the understanding of the NAP process, identify lessons learned from climate change and other mainstreaming initiatives, and identify potential entry points for the DRC NAP.


Conducted a mission from 21 – 30 October 2016

To consult stakeholders on adaptation priorities and key activities to advance the NAP process. A specific focus was of the mission was to understand the extent to which climate change adaptation was being integrated into budgeting and planning processes at all levels (national, sectoral, local).


Produced a Stocktaking Report


Identifying the findings of the mission and highlighting the most urgent adaptation needs and the underlying strategic actions needed to implement them. Highlights from the report can be found under the Project Details tab, and the Stocktaking Report itself can be located here.


Helped build capacity and  facilitated access to additional climate finance


The Readiness and Preparatory Support Proposal was approved by the Green Climate Fund in February 2018 and the now "National Adaptation Plans Readiness in Democratic Republic of the Congo" project aim to advance the adaptation planning process for priority climate sensitive sectors and regions in DRC. It consists of three outcomes: (1) The 2016-2020 PSPA-CC implementation is facilitated through the reinforcement of the legal and institutional framework and capacity building for climate change adaptation planning; (2) Climate change adaptation and development priorities are aligned and reflected in the PNSD, the PNIA and the PDPs of priority provinces; and (3) Financing options for adaptation investments in agriculture and rural development, health, land use planning and energy are identified with the support of the private sector.




> NAP launch kick starts longer-term, integrated adaptation planning in DRC

5 October 2014, Kinshasa, DRC - A National Adaptation Plan (NAP) awareness and mobilization workshop was held at the Cercle Elaïs in Kinshasa,  DRC between 1 - 3 October, 2014. The workshop was was led by the Government of DRC, and organised by the national NAP team with support from the UNDP Country Office and NAP-GSP. Technical support was provided by  UNDP and GIZ. 
5 October, 2014, Kinshasa, DRC - The DRC National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Training Workshop took place between 1 - 3 October 2014, at the Cercle Elaïs in Kinshasa, DRC. Details and content shared at the Training Workshop can be found in the above link.


Reports and Publications

Project Brief / Fact Sheet