National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Reports Launched on World Environment Day in Kathmandu, Nepal

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Minister of Population and Environment Jaya Dev Joshi and Officiating Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment Protection Man B Bishwokarma jointly launched three NAP reports on June 5.
Photo credit: MoPE

Nepal’s Minister of Population and Environment Jaya Dev Joshi and Officiating Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment Protection Man B Bishwokarma jointly launched three reports prepared as part of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) formulation process in Nepal at an event organized by the Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE) on June 5 to celebrate World Environment Day 2017. The Support to Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalaya (Himalica) initiative of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) contributed substantially to the NAP process.

The reports launched also available for downloading at http://napnepal.gov.np/publication are:

  • Synthesis of the Stocktaking Report for the NAP Process 
  • Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Framework and Indicators for the NAP Formulation Process in Nepal 
  • Observed Climate Trend Analysis of Nepal (1971-2014)  
The event, organized to mark World Environment Day 2017 with the theme "Connecting People to Nature", was presided over by the President of Nepal, Bidhya Devi Bhandari

As the number of climate vulnerable people increases all over the world over time, it is important to prepare plans at the national level to adapt to medium- and long-term impacts of climate change by building the adaptive capacity and climate resilience of the vulnerable. Accordingly, the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at its Sixteenth Session (CoP16) decided to formulate and implement NAPs. The overall goal of the NAP formulation process for Nepal is to improve the institutional capacity of the government to implement a climate resilient development plan in Nepal. The specific objective of this process is, however, two-fold:

  • To reduce vulnerability of climate sensitive sectors to the impacts of climate change by building adaptive capacity and resilience in Nepal
  • To facilitate integration of climate change adaptation, in a coherent manner, into relevant new and existing policies, programmes, and activities, in particular development planning processes and strategies, within all relevant sectors and at different levels, as appropriate in Nepal.

ICIMOD reached an agreement with MoPE—the focal ministry anchoring the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process—in 2016 to provide technical expertise and support to the NAP consultation process, as well as capacity building and regional exposure. The NAP process in Nepal is a joint effort of the government of Nepal and development partners. Practical Action, ICIMOD, CARE Nepal, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have been supporting the government formulate the NAP. 

Accordingly, Himalica has been providing support to four out of nine thematic sectors of the NAP process: 1)   Forest and Biodiversity, 2) Water and Energy Resources, 3) Gender and Social Inclusion, and 4) Livelihood and Governance. Himalica has also supported work on climate trends and scenarios for all the nine sectors of the NAP process.