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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: October 2021

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

    SCALA was introduced as a UNDP-FAO flagship programme at:
  • 17th March 2021, NDC Partnership event “Good Practices in NDC Update and Implementation: Challenges and Lessons Learned from Asia, Middle East, and North Africa”;
  • 19th March 2021, the GIZ Virtual Interns-Excursion Spring 2021;
  • 9th-10th March 2021, 7th Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum (APAN) during two sessions (“Integrating Nature-based and Ecosystem-based Elements in National Adaptation Planning” on 9th March and “Moving from ‘Form to Function’ for Strengthening Climate Policy and Governance in Economic Sectors” on 10th March); (…)
  • 16th-17th February 2021, the second interface workshop among IKI projects in Colombia during which FAO headquarters and FAO Colombia team members were invited to contribute to the exchange on “Good practice cases from the IKI focus areas (Mitigation, Adaptation, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), Biodiversity)” (…)
  • 3rd February 2021, the SCALA programme was highlighted in the UNFCCC Least Developed Country Expert Group Meeting of the NAP Technical Working Group
  • 23rd 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”
  • 19th October 2020, FAO webinar “Food systems approach to address food security and socioeconomic dimensions of climate change”
  • 29th October 2020, at the UNFCCC NAP Country Platform, where results of the NAP-Ag programme in Guatemala and Uruguay were also presented and the SCALA programme was introduced (…)
  • 22nd July 2020, SCALA was introduced at the UNFCCC Regional Workshop for Asia & the Pacific on gender integration into national climate actions (…), and on 16th September 2020 for the Americas and the Caribbean (…)
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.

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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)

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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