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UNFCCC Publishes NAPA Regional Training Workshop Report

23 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBI/2010/15) on the regional training workshops on the implementation of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) held in 2009–2010.

The report provides a summary of the five regional training workshops on the implementation of NAPAs conducted by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and its agencies over the period 2009- 2010. The five workshops were held in: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 19-23 October 2009; Bamako, Mali, from 8-12 February 2010; Vientiane, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, from 4-8 May 2010; Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, from 4-8 September 2010; and Apia, Samoa, from 3-6 November 2010.

The workshops focused on providing participants with hands-on training in the design and preparation of proposals for the implementation of adaptation projects identified in NAPAs, and in the subsequent submission of these proposals to the GEF to receive support under the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). In addition, the workshops addressed barriers and challenges faced by least developed country (LDC) parties in accessing funding under the LDCF. Countries were grouped for the workshops according to their language and regional similarities, in order to provide a platform for learning and sharing experience and to exploit synergies. The report includes a summary of the key topics presented at each of the training workshops, as well as a summary of the issues raised by participants that need to be addressed by the GEF, its agencies and the LEG in order to further facilitate access to funds under the LDCF for the successful implementation of NAPAs. The report will be considered by the 33rd session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), to be held in Cancun, Mexico, from 30 November-4 December 2010. [The Report]