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Integrating climate change into national sustainable development strategies and plans in Latin America and the Caribbean

Background:

The impacts of climate change pose a serious threat to economic, environmental and social systems, particularly in developing countries. The project will seek to strengthen the capacity of countries to integrate climate change concerns, especially with regard to adaptation, into their national sustainable development strategies (NSDS) and other planning processes, particularly with regard to technology transfer.  The project will focus on impacts on ecosystems, water resources, agriculture, coastal zones, human health and natural disasters. At the same time, the project will also cover options for climate change mitigation available to developing countries in order to allow an integrated approach towards climate change. The project addresses major issues related to technology transfer and strengthens the capacity of countries for the absorption of climate related technologies. A special focus will be placed on identifying technological needs and technology transfer barriers.

There is consensus in the United Nations system that climate change should be addressed in the broader context of sustainable development.The project seeks to strengthen the capacity of countries to integrate climate change concerns, especially with regard to adaptation, into their national sustainable development strategies (NSDS) and other planning processes, particularly with regard to technology transfer. The project focuses on impacts on ecosystems, water resources, agriculture, coastal zones, human health and natural disasters. The project addresses major issues related to technology transfer and strengthens the capacity of countries for the absorption of climate related technologies. A special focus will be placed on identifying technological needs and technology transfer barriers. In order to assist countries in deriving goals for adaptation and mitigation and in monitoring their NSDS, methodological approaches and indicators will be developed. The methodologies and set of indicators will be pilot tested in three countries selected from the Latin America and Caribbean region including one small island developing state.


Objective:

To strengthen the capacity of countries to integrate climate change concerns into their National Sustainable Development Strategies and other planning processes, particularly with regard to technology transfer.

Expected Accomplishments:

  • Strengthened national sustainable development policies and programmes by piloting, in selected developing countries, methodologies and sets of indicators for assessing climate change including impacts and vulnerabilities, especially with the aim of identifying possible adaptation measures and defining policy options at the national level.

  • Increased awareness and understanding of environmentally sound technologies relevant to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

  • Increased synergies among private and public decision makers for the development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies by enhancing information exchange that facilitates the formulation of appropriate national policies.

Implementation Status:

Activities conducted include:

  1. Conducted preliminary visits to two selected countries (Grenada and Guatemala). Consultations were held with governmental authorities on project objectives, plans for implementation, and corresponding institutional arrangements.
  2. Started consultancy agreements with two experts at the international and regional levels to support the development of methodological tools and the organization and implementation of the workshops, and to assist in the preparation of the country reports.
  3. Convened the first workshop in Saint George’s, Grenada in which the country’s national sustainable development strategies and the potential impacts from climate change were thoroughly discussed. Analytical tools were implemented to assess and rank climate change impacts. The workshop was preceded by high-level inter-ministerial meetings and followed by field visits to areas already affected by climate change.
  4. Created the project’s interactive web platform where all the relevant reports and activities are documented and shared.
  5. Website of the project at  http://www.un-dsd.org/cclac/