Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)

Cube in a handIn April, representatives from the ministries of agriculture and the environment in Kenya, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, Uganda, Uruguay, Viet Nam and Zambia met in Rome to jointly address the topics of adapting to the effects of climate change, food security, and poverty reduction. The workshop was organised by the Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) programme, which receives EUR 15 million in support from the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB).

The project aims to secure people’s livelihoods, stimulate agricultural production and increase food security. In order to achieve this, it promotes technical skills in relation to climate risk management strategies at local level, adapts planning and budgeting processes to observe climate risks, and supports farmers, especially women, with best practices related to climate change. The project is being carried out by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

In the participating countries, the agricultural sectors, such as fisheries and forestry, are at particular risk from the effects of climate change. At the same time, these areas also play a key role in promoting food security and reducing poverty.
The topics under discussion at the workshop included ways to create synergies between reducing the risk of disasters and adapting to climate change. Participants also discussed how to implement and finance strategies for adapting to climate change in practice.

The representatives developed a common understanding of the NAP process during the three-day workshop. They were also able to identify challenges that exist for integrating agriculture and its subsectors, to discuss ways of strengthening national implementation capacities, and to create a platform for the countries to exchange on adaptation strategies and measures.

Lea Herberg speaking into microphoneIn the concluding remarks, Lea Herberg from BMUB’s International Climate Initiative highlighted that, ‘The workshop has provided interesting technical insights into various agricultural subsectors and climate change issues, and has therefore also helped implement the NAPs and integrate ecosystem-based adaptations into the NAP process. I noted that the countries contributed strongly to the discussions to ensure a fast implementation process.’