LEG support to NAPAs and the LDC work programme

The Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) supports the least developed countries (LDCs) in the preparation and implementation of their national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) and the other elements of the LDC work programme through various modalities.

The Expert Group has developed methods and tools, including:

  • Guides;

  • Tools;

  • Training materials;

  • Technical papers and publications: The NAPA Primer, a selection of examples and exercises drawn from regional NAPA preparation workshops, a brochure on LDCs under the UNFCCC, an information paper on support needed to fully implement NAPAs;

  • Step-by-step guide for implementing NAPAs in English, French and Portuguese and a NAPA Source Kit CD-ROM;

  • Best practices and lessons learned publication for addressing adaptation, volume 1  and volume 2 in English, French and Portuguese;

  • Database on submitted NAPAs, NAPA priority project profiles, and projects under implementation through the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF);

  • A list of frequently asked questions about LDCs, the LEG and NAPAs.

The LEG also conducts training, monitors the preparation and implementation of NAPAs and the other elements of the LDC work programme, and collaborates with experts under the Convention and other organizations, including regional centres.

In addition, the LEG provides specific advice to the LDC Parties, including by:

  • Assisting in advancing or overcoming technical  issues encountered in the NAPA process;

  • Commenting on draft NAPAs prior to their finalization and submission to the UNFCCC secretariat;

  • Interacting with the NAPA team of the LDC Parties hosting the LEG meetings or LEG workshops;

  • Conducting surveys and interviews of LDC delegates and national focal points to collect information on the status of preparation and implementation of NAPAs, and the other elements of the LDC work programme with the view to identifying best practices and lessons learned and addressing obstacles countries may be facing;

  • Liaising with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and its agencies to effectively address some of the bottlenecks identified by the LDCs in accessing the LDCF.