Support Programme on Scaling up Climate Ambition on Land Use and Agriculture through NDCs and National Adaptation Plans (SCALA) - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Support Programme on Scaling up Climate Ambition on Land Use and Agriculture through NDCs and National Adaptation Plans (SCALA)

As of: January 2022

With climate change threatening the agriculture sectors, livelihoods and food security, there is an urgent need for scaled action to cope with climate-related impacts. In response to that, SCALA supports 12 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to both build adaptive capacity and to implement low emission priorities in agriculture and land use. The programme uses a multi-stakeholder approach, harnessing strong engagement from the private sector and key national institutions. National activities focus on strengthening policies, appraising and adopting innovative approaches, as well as removing key barriers related to information gaps, governance, finance, gender mainstreaming and integrated monitoring and reporting. The ultimate goal is for countries to turn agricultural related priorities laid out in their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) into action.

State of implementation/results

    The SCALA programme provides support to:
    • Identify and appraise transformative climate actions required on land-use and agriculture. This will be done partly by reviewing NDCs and NAPs to identify climate solutions, for both mitigation and adaptation, that could contribute to changes across social, economic and environmental systems in land-use and agriculture. SCALA also provide assistance to identify tools for assessing existing options for transformative climate action, such as cost-benefit analysis, impact evaluation, gender-analysis and others, as well as developing new tools and guidance material.
    • Integrate climate priorities as well as identified solutions into national and sectoral planning, budgeting and monitoring processes for land-use and agriculture. To do this, a whole-of-government approach in which all relevant stakeholders collaborate will be adopted. Activities will focus on working with countries to monitor the implementation and achievement of their NDCs and NAPs, by strengthening their monitoring systems and report on progress toward mitigation and adaptation targets at domestic and international levels.
    • Increase public-private sector engagement for climate action in land use and agriculture. It will do so by addressing barriers and catalyzing private investment through public policy instruments and other climate investment funds, as well as promoting innovative technological and financial tools. In addition, guidance on private sector engagement in NDCs and NAPs will be developed based on experience and best practices from countries, as well as research on innovative climate solutions regarding technologies, financial instruments and others.
    Events organized by SCALA:
    • 19 October 2020, FAO online seminar “Food systems approach to address food security and socioeconomic dimensions of climate change”
    • 7 September 2021: Online Seminar on ‘Strengthening value chain approaches to accelerate climate action’
    • 9 June 2021: Online Seminar on “The use of FAO Sendai C2 Methodology for Damage and Loss Assessment in Agriculture in the context of ETF” jointly organized with the FAO GEF CBIT AFOLU Project
    SCALA was introduced as a UNDP-FAO flagship programme at:
    • 29 September 2021, Africa Climate Action Week 2021 (Session on “Engaging businesses in climate-resilient agriculture”)
    • 15 September 2021, UN global compact UK organized event “Climate resilience via a people and nature centred approach”
    • 14 September 2021, Meeting of WBCSD with food and agri-business companies at “Scaling positive agriculture”
    • 28 July 2021, NDC Partnership Youth Engagement Forum, FAO's Capacity building Session on Climate Change and Agriculture
    • 28 June-1 July, NAP-GSP South-South Knowledge Exchange Forum “Mobilizing finance for NAPs”
    • 11 May 2021, UNDP online seminar on NAP, Climate Promise and Green Recovery from COVID-19 in the Asia and the Pacific and RBEC regions
    • 17 March 2021, NDC Partnership event “Good Practices in NDC Update and Implementation: Challenges and Lessons Learned from Asia, Middle East, and North Africa”
    • 9-10 March 2021, 7th Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum (APAN);
    • 23 November 2020, the FAO Rome-based agency Climate Change Study Circle’s online session entitled “Introducing a new Climate Flagship Programme: FAO-UNDP Support Programme: “Scaling up Climate Ambition in Land-use and Agriculture through NDCs and NAPs” (SCALA) 2021-2025”
    • 22 July 2020, at the UNFCCC Regional Workshop for Asia & the Pacific on gender integration into national climate actions
    • 16 September 2020 UNFCCC Regional Workshop for the Americas and the Caribbean

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Project data

Argentina, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Mongolia, Nepal, Senegal, Thailand, Uganda

Implementing organisation:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Political partner(s):
  • Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Equipement - Senegal
  • Ministries of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry - Mongolia
  • Ministry for Environment and Sustainable Development (MEDD) - Senegal
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries - Uganda
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Cambodia
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MAGyP) - Argentina
  • Ministry of Agriculture & Land Reclamation - Egypt
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives - Thailand
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock - Costa Rica
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development - Nepal
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources - Ethiopia
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development - Colombia
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development - Cote d 'Ivoire
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MEFCC) – Ethiopia*
  • Ministry of Environment (MoE) - Cambodia
  • Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) - Costa Rica
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) - Colombia
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Argentina
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Côte d’Ivoire
  • Ministry of Environment and Tourism – Mongolia
  • Ministry of Environment MoE - Egypt
  • Ministry of Forests and Environment - Nepal
  • Ministry of Water and Environment - Uganda
  • Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning - ONEP - Thailand

Implementing partner(s):
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

BMU grant:
20.000.000,00 €

11/2019  till  12/2025


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