Enhancing Capacities of Palestinian Institutions in Mainstreaming Environment and Climate Change

Brief Description

 Women from Gaza, who benefited from the project, producing coal from agricultural waste and generating income

The project aims at enhancing the capacities of Palestinian institutions to mainstream and address the challenges of climate change in the areas of reporting, mitigation and adaptation. The Euro 1,455,550 project is funded by the Government of Belgium and implemented by UNDP using the Global Environment Facility (GEF/SGP) modality.

Throughout the project, the initial national communication on climate change, including greenhouse gases inventory report, will be prepared and the capacity of Palestinian institutions will be assessed and further enhanced to be able to mainstream climate change in their policies, plans and projects. Selected on-the-ground pilot adaptation projects (from the Palestinian Adaptation Program of Action, PAPA) in the most affected areas will be implemented. Projects will address water resources and food security, efficient and sustainable use of energy and sea level rise.

Progress and Accomplishments

  • As part of this project, the Palestinian Government is preparing its Initial National Communication Report (INCR) for the UNFCCC which includes chapters on: the State of Palestine’s national circumstances, relevant to climate change; greenhouse (GHG) emissions inventory; mitigation actions to reduce GHG emissions; vulnerability and adaptation (V&A) to climate change; constraints, gaps and related financial, technical and capacity needs.
  • About 65% of the Initial National Communication Report (INCR) is completed.  The Green House Gases (GHG) inventory and mitigation chapters were finalized, consulted with related stakeholders and disseminated on 09 November 2015. The preparation of national climate change adaptation plan is ongoing and expected to be completed and disseminated by April 2016.
  • Through the preparation of INCR, around 14 training workshops on GHG inventory, mitigation scenarios, vulnerability assessment and adaptation were conducted, targeting climate change focal points.  The total number of participants in these workshops is 523 professionals (362 male and 161 female), representing governmental agencies, NGOs, research centres, and universities.
  • A capacity development action plan was prepared and discussed with stakeholders in a workshop organized in February 2015.  The plan was developed based on a capacity assessment exercise that was conducted for six Palestinian institutions in 2014, namely, the Environment Quality Authority, Palestinian Energy Authority, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Agriculture and Palestinian Water Authority.
  • Six grant agreements, worth USD 285,000, were signed for pilot projects with NGOs on climate change mitigation. Five projects were completed and one project is ongoing and will be completed by end of March 2016.
  • During 2015, UNDP worked closely with EQA to disseminate the project results to wide stakeholders. A task force was also formulated, led by EQA and UNDP, to support Palestinian participation in the COP 21 and to organize a side event at the conference.  The donors included SIDA, the EU, AFD and the Belgium Government.

Finances and Delivery

Donor Amount Contributed 2013 - 2016  
Government of Belgium Euro 1,455,550
Donor Amount Disbursed Per Year (USD)
Government of Belgium 606,479
Government of Belgium 477,949
Government of Belgium 32,342

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