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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.

LECRDS Approach

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, Russianmore 

  • 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

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 investmentmore

  • 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

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