The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Regional Training Workshop for Asia on “Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Water Resources” took place from the 13th to 16th of September 2017 in Seoul, Korea, back to back with the NAP Regional Expo. The training targeted governments in the Asian region. Participants who attended this workshop were representatives from the Ministries of Environment, Ministries of Water, Ministries of Agriculture, Ministries of Local Government, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of Energy and Ministries of Planning Development and Finance of Asian developing countries (LDCs and non-LDCs), as well as key resource people from partner organizations.
The workshop was co-organized by the National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), a joint United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) led initiative, financed by the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), and the Korean Environment Institute (KEI)-Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC). The workshop wasbe facilitated by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
In brief, the NAP-GSP programme supports more than 50 countries, in Asia, Africa, the Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA), Caribbean, Central America, South America. Activities include facilitating training on the NAP process, technical assistance, and providing opportunities for knowledge sharing on NAPs. The NAP-GSP has provided support to developing countries since 2013, through financing from the GEF-LDCF. The first phase of the NAP-GSP for LDCs was operational from 2013-2015. During this phase, the NAP-GSP held Regional Training Workshops in which decision-makers from Environment, Planning and Finance Ministries from LDCs were oriented on the steps for National Adaptation Planning as well as on leveraging finance. The programme received funding for a second phase of expanded support to LDCs from 2016-2019. The NAP-GSP for developing countries is a parallel programme from 2017-2019, funded by the SCCF – currently supporting 24 countries with their NAP processes.
The NAP-GSP activities are the following:
Country Support: Tailored one-on-one support is provided to countries to initiate or advance their NAP process, including stocktaking, customised training, and support to develop NAP roadmaps.
Technical assistance: Training packages – including tools, methods and guidelines – are developed for countries to advance their NAP process. National technicians from are trained to assess long-term vulnerability to climate change and relevant adaptation options through targeted training workshops.
Knowledge brokering: Exchanging experiences (South-South/North-South), is essential to ensure the perpetuation of good practices relevant to medium to long-term national, sectoral and local planning and budgeting processes. The NAP-GSP captures NAP learning, produces NAP training materials and develops country reports and case studies to demonstrate medium to long-term adaptation planning.
The overall objective of this training was to increase the capacity of policy makers and technical people for effective decision-making by tackling climate change adaptation for water resources. As a key natural resource, water is a multi-sectorial issue and provides an entry-point for mainstreaming climate risks through the NAP process. This included a focus on extreme events and other slow onset aspects related to water (such as droughts, floods, sea level rise, salinity, etc.).
The workshop aimed to:
Enhance the understanding of participants of the importance of water resources and the cross sectoral linkages with other priority sectors (agriculture, infrastructure, health, etc.), ensuring the successful alignment with the international development and climate agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the implementation of the Paris Agreement;
Take stock of existing guidance, tools and methods of tracking climate change risks related to water and improving understanding of climate information linkages with other sectors;
Take stock of approaches for decision making including incorporating uncertainty in planning and examining policies and laws conducive to CCA mainstreaming; and
Exchange lessons learnt based on country experiences on mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into development planning.
The workshop also highlighted support available through NAP-GSP and partners to accompany countries in advancing their NAP processes.
Training methods used were highly interactive with a minimum in lecture style teaching. Trainers used the Harvard Case Method in promote more effective learning and retention of ideas. The training also successfully stimulated engagement across all concerned countries, sectors and departments, providing opportunities for high level discussion, sharing of information and knowledge and team building. During the workshop, participants were regularly taking part in various activities designed to help them develop their understanding of the different topics that will were covered. These activities were based on well-established adult learning principles, which include:
•seeing how to apply the topic under consideration to your one’s situation,
•focusing on aspects which are of particular relevance to participants,
•discussing the subject with a small number of other professionals so that participants develop a shared understanding.