NAP-GSP Regional Training Workshop for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA)

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Event Dates

28 June to 30 June 2016

Representatives from 16 countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA), attended the Regional Training Workshop in Chisinau, Moldova, to discuss, and share experience from their existing national climate change adaptation strategies. 
 
 
The Regional Workshop was organized by the joint UNDP-UNEP National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the UNDP Moldova country office. It was attended by over 30 delegates, including officials from ministries of finance, planning and environment. The workshop also benefited from the experience of other partners including the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, (UNFCCC) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Representatives from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Environment (UNEP) aided and facilitated the three-day workshop in an interactive and participatory manner that encouraged a welcoming and enabling environment for broader and open discussion amongst participants. Delegates attended from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Montenegro Republic of Moldova, Romania Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
 
The training methodology was interactive: Breakout sessions and clinics in small group settings were used to promote hands-on-skills, allowing greater attention to country specific issues. The sessions proved to be particularly valuable as delegates were given appropriate attention and space to reflect on and analyze various means of mainstreaming medium and long term adaptation. Key topics during sessions included: identifying current short comings on both individual and institution levels, discussing methods of overcoming existing capacity gaps and means of leveraging climate finance.
 
During the wrap-up session in the final day, participants expressed their requirements for continued learning opportunities and experience-sharing on NAPs. Country delegates said that through the presentations, break out sessions and discussions, they had enhanced their technical capacity, and improved coordination amongst sectors.  
 
The workshop coincided with a GCF board meeting on June 30th that committed up to 3 million USD for NAP formulation per country towards developing institutional and technical capacities of countries for NAPs.