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Establishing institutional arrangements for loss and damage high on the agenda in Warsaw

Adaptation image 2 newsletter November 2013During the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, Parties will work towards establishing institutional arrangements to address loss and damage associated with the impacts of climate change in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Recent activities on the work programme on loss and damage include: an expert meeting to consider future needs, including capacity needs associated with possible approaches to address slow onset events, and technical papers on non-economic losses and on gaps in existing institutional arrangements within and outside of the Convention to address loss and damage, including those related to slow onset events.

 Progress on National Adaptation Plans


Adaptation image 1 newsletter November 2013At its thirty-ninth session in Warsaw, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) will consider the need for revision of the guidelines for least developed countries (LDCs) in formulating their national adaptation plans (NAPs). This will be based on submissions made by Parties concerning experiences with applying the guidelines.

SBI 39 will also consider relevant information on support to the LDCs on NAPs as contained in the reports on the meetings of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), and on the financial support for the preparation of NAPs as set out in the  pdf-icon report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to COP 19.

Meanwhile, the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) has undertaken the following activities in supporting the NAP process:

     - Publication of the NAP technical guidelines
     - An overview publication on the NAP process and a NAP poster in English, French and
     - Organization of the NAP Expo that took place on 9 June 2013
     - Introducing NAPs to LDCs during the regional training workshops conducted as part of  
       the LEG work programme for 2011–2012

The LEG is also actively engaging the Global Environment Facility and its agencies, and other organizations, in designing and providing support to the LDCs on the NAPs. The current work programme of the LEG for 2013–2014 is contained in the  report on the 23rd meeting of the LEG.

Preparation of NAPAs comes to a close, all LDCs focus on implementation

Equatorial Guinea is soon to submit its national adaptation programme of action (NAPA) to the secretariat. This will mark the completion of the preparation of NAPAs by all LDC Parties, including two that have since graduated from the LDC category. All LDCs that have completed preparation of their NAPAs are at various stages of implementing their urgent and immediate priorities through the Least Developed Countries Fund, and this significant milestone will provide an opportunity for LDCs and their partners to invest all efforts in full implementation of the NAPAs. 
The LEG completes a cycle of regional training workshops on adaptation for LDCs

The LEG held regional training workshops on adaptation for the anglophone African LDCs from 29 July to 2 August 2013 in Kigali, Rwanda, and for the Asian LDCs from 20 to 24 August 2013 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. These brought to a close the round of regional training workshops planned by the LEG as part of its work programme for 2011–2012. Further information is available in the synthesis report on the workshops. The LEG is further planning training workshops on NAPs to start in 2014.

Further developing the Nairobi work programme to support adaptation activities

 At its thirty-ninth session in Warsaw, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) will continue its reconsideration of the work areas of the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, and will forward recommendations to the COP on how to best support the objectives of the work programme.

As agreed at SBSTA 38, the discussion will focus on enhancing the work programme by, for example:

  • Considering the scope of the work of the Nairobi work programme as agreed in the annex of decision 2/CP.11 through additional cross-cutting issues
  • Sequencing activities so that they build on each other, and engaging adaptation practitioners
  • Developing linkages with adaptation-related workstreams and bodies under the Convention, including the Subsidiary Body for Implementation, as appropriate

The discussions will be informed by submissions from Parties and submissions from relevant organizations, on their views regarding ways to enhance the relevance and support the objective of the Nairobi Work Programme, and a report on progress made in implementing activities under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.