07/07/2017

Advancing a National Adaptation Plan for Lebanon

After identifying Lebanon’s greenhouse gas reduction potential, sectoral priorities and quantifiable targets for Lebanon’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to mitigate against climate change, the focus has shifted to mimicking the process for adaptation.

 

Adaptation to climate change is a national priority; evidence has shown that vital sectors such as agriculture, water and tourism will be heavily impacted by the changing climate. For example, several economically valuable crops are at risk of lower yields, water availability will be reduced, drought days will increase and snow cover will diminish. All these dangerous impacts will affect all aspects of sustainable development in Lebanon; economically, environmentally and socially.

  • To better cater for national needs, a stakeholder meeting was held on July 4 and 5, 2017 to introduce the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) concept to institutions and collectively discuss the way forward. In order to properly adapt to the incoming changes and reduce the overall costs of damages, a holistic approach is being envisaged through the initiation of a NAP. A NAP is a strategy which aims at identifying medium and long-term adaptation needs and corresponding action plans sectorally and cross-sectorally with the aim of increasing Lebanon’s adaptive capacity and resilience. 

 

The meeting is part of the NAP development process of Lebanon, and was attended by technical personnel from relevant ministries and agencies, experts in the relevant fields of discussion, academia, NGOs and private sector at the national level. The objectives of this meeting were the following:

  1. - Develop a common understanding of the NAP process and how the different sectors can benefit from it;
  2. - Assess the successes, opportunities and challenges in the status of information and research related to climate change adaptation;
  3. - Present an overview of reporting and monitoring climate change adaptation activities and what are the benefits of institutional communication;
  4. - Evaluate the status of mainstreaming cross-cutting issues into climate change plans and climate change into sectoral plans in different institutions, and consequently assess the integration opportunities;
  5. - Identify capacity-building needs at different levels of management;
  6. - Discuss options for institutional arrangements for future coordination and agree on next steps to formulate the NAP proposal and its implementation.

 

The meeting included numerous interactive exercises, insights into existing practices and great opportunity to reinforce institutional links.

To access the meeting’s agenda, click here. To take a look at the presentations, click below:

Introduction to NAP process and guidelines

Initiating the NAP process

Reporting and monitoring climate change adaptation activities