Green LECRDS Guidance Manuals and Toolkits


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UNDP has been producing a series of manuals, guidebooks and toolkits that draw upon the experience and information generated by UNDP’s support for climate change adaptation and mitigation projects and National Communications to the UNFCCC in some 140 countries over the past decade. They are intended to enable project managers, UNDP Country Offices, and developing country government decision-makers to acquaint themselves with a variety of methodologies most appropriate to their development contexts in support of the preparation of LECRDS. In a flexible and non-prescriptive manner, they offer detailed step-by-step guidance for the identification of key stakeholders and establishment of participatory planning and coordination frameworks; generation of climate change profiles and vulnerability scenarios; and identification and prioritization of mitigation and adaptation options. These steps serve as the basis for envisioning development trajectories resilient to possible climate outcomes; assessment of financing requirements; and development of green, low-emission and climate-resilient roadmaps for project development, policy instruments, and financial flows.

The Green LECRDS preparation process involves multiple sectors, stakeholders, and levels of government, including high-level public and private authorities with decision-making powers. For the process to proceed smoothly, planning activities and scientific assessments need to be coordinated and systematic.

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LECRDS Approach

Preparing Low-emission and Climate-Resilient Development Strategies (LECRDS) - Executive Summary

This report serves as the Executive Summary to a series of manuals and guidebooks that UNDP is offering in support of LECRDS. It provides a brief outline of the approach and methodologies that these materials treat in detail. Click here to view in: English, French, Spanish more

Step 1: Develop a Multi-Stakeholder Climate Planning Process

Charting a New Carbon Route to Development

Integrated climate change planning - a how-to guide for local and regional policy-makers on planning a low-carbon future. This document focuses on the importance of full engagement of sub-national authorities to comprehensively address climate change and suggests that taking the necessary action to tackle climate change will be more effective if it helps address local development issues. Click here to view in: English, Spanish, Russian more

Multi-stakeholder Decision-making

This guidebook steers readers through constructing an adaptable and flexible multi-level, multi-sector, multi-stakeholder governance framework which is an essential tool for governments, practitioners, and concerned citizens to successfully develop and negotiate green, low-emission and climate-resilient development strategies, more

Step 2: Prepare Climate Change Profiles and Vulnerability Scenarios

Formulating Climate Change Scenarios to Inform Climate - Resilient Development Strategies

This guidebook offers project managers and decision makers, who are working with a team of scientific and technical experts, a framework for the development of a prospective range of climate scenarios in their regions. It aims to empower project managers and decision-makers to engage in discussions on climate-scenario development, including involvement in science-based decisions on the availability, applicability, and robustness of various climate-scenario approaches. Click here to view in: English, French, Spanish more

Managing the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Process

The handbook was developed by UNDP with input from a wide range of institutions and national experts from Annex I and non-Annex I Parties. The objective of the handbook is to provide non-Annex I Parties with a strategic and logical approach to a sustainable inventory process. more

Mapping Climate Change Vulnerability and Impact Scenarios - A Guidebook for Sub-national Planners

This guidebook assists planners working at the sub-national levels to identify and map the nature of current and future vulnerability to long-term climate change so that appropriate policies and intervention can be designed and implemented. more

Applying Climate Information for Adaptation Decision-Making: A Guidance and Resource Document

This guidance document intends to provide countries with a practical tool on using climate information in their decision-making processes. This guide addresses these issues of adaptation planning under uncertainty of observed and projected climate change. more

Step 3: Identify Strategic Options Leading to Low-Emission Climate-Resilient Development

Technology Needs Assessment Handbook

Building on lessons from earlier TNA efforts, the updated TNA Handbook offers a systematic approach for conducting TNA in order to identify, evaluate and prioritize mitigation and adaptation technologies. more

Toolkit for Designing Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives

This Toolkit helps practitioners understand how to differentiate between a climate change adaptation and a traditional development initiative. It sets out the fundamental components of the design process, the approach to building stakeholder consensus, and key tools and methodologies. more

Paving the Way for Climate-resilient Infrastructure

This report summarizes the proceedings of the El Salvador conference (June 2010) "Strategies for Adapting Public and Private Infrastructure to Climate Change". It outlines the multiple development benefits of climate-proofing infrastructure. While these proceedings address the specific context of El Salvador, the methodologies outlined can be applied to a wide range of situations. more

Step 4: Identify Policies and Financing Options to Implement Priority Climate Change Actions

Catalysing Climate Finance – A Guidebook on Policy and Financing Options to Support Green, Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Development

This guidebook is offered as a primer to countries to enable them to better assess the level and nature of assistance they will require to catalyse climate capital based on their unique set of national, regional and local circumstances. more

Readiness for Climate Finance

The paper presents a framework for understanding what it means to be “ready” to plan for, access, deliver, and monitor climate finance in a transformative way at the national level. The aim is provide policy-makers with an overall lens through which readiness and preparatory activities offered by a range of international, regional, and national partners can be organised. more

Transforming On-Grid Renewable Energy Markets

This report provides an overview of UNDP-GEF’s extensive work supporting the development of national renewable energy regimes based around feed-in tariffs. In these activities UNDP-GEF assists developing countries to assess key barriers and risks to technology diffusion, and then to identify a mix of derisking instruments and incentives to remove these barriers and to drive investment more

Derisking Renewable Energy Investment

This report describes an innovative framework to support policymakers in quantitatively comparing the impact of different public instrument packages to scale-up renewable energy in developing countries. The report presents findings from case studies in four illustrative countries, and draws on these results to discuss possible directions for enhancing public interventions to promote renewable energy investment. more

Climate Finance Options (jointly with World Bank)

This Climate Finance Options platform addresses the multitude of funds available for climate action in developing countries. It is composed of two complementary domains (one led by UNFCCC and one by UNDP/World Bank Group) both of which help to catalyze financial and investment flows leading to more effective and efficient mitigation and adaptation measures. more

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Step 5: Prepare Low-Emission Climate-Resilient Development Roadmap

Blending Climate Finance through National Climate Funds

An important tool that can help countries to make the most of climate finance is a National Climate Fund (NCF). An NCF is a country-driven mechanism that supports the collection, blending, coordination of, and accounting for climate finance at the national level. This guidebook presents a process for designing and establishing an NCF and provides a simple, robust and transparent method for meaningful stakeholder engagement. In this way, countries are better equipped to manage climate finance and achieve results. Click here to view in English, French, and Spanish. more

The Role of Legal Instruments to Support Green Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Development (with UNEP)

This guidebook provides guidance to government decision makers and their advisers on best practices in designing or modifying legal frameworks and specific legal instruments aimed at effectively supporting green, low-emission and climate-resilient development. more