UNDP’s Approach to Supporting Countries to Develop Green LECRDS


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UNDP supports national and sub-national governments to secure public and private investment for pursuing sustainable development strategies that are low emission and resilient to climate change.

UNDP offers assistance to developing country national and sub-national governments to prepare green, low-emission and climate-resilient development strategies (LECRDS). Green LECRDS employ targeted approaches at the sub-national and national levels to mitigate the effects of global climate change and lessen the vulnerabilities in a given region as it pursues sustainable development. Green LECRDS are rooted in robust and integrated scientific, institutional, financial, and socio-economic assessments. The assessments cover present and future climate change scenarios, current and projected sustainable development needs, and response options. Country-driven, multi-stakeholder, and multi-sectoral consultations build on these assessments to identify and finance climate change mitigation and adaptation opportunities. In sum, Green LECRDS provide developing country governments with programmatic roadmaps for sustainable development that is low emission and resilient to climate change.

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.

Broad Key Steps in Preparing a Green, Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Development Strategy:

  • Step 1: Design multi-stakeholder participatory climate planning and coordination process
  • Step 2: Prepare climate change profiles and vulnerability scenarios
  • Step 3: Identify strategic options leading to green, low-emission, climate-resilient development trajectories
  • Step 4: Prioritize strategic options through technological, social, and financial feasibility and cost-benefit analysis
  • Step 5: Prepare green, low-emission and climate-resilient development roadmap

For further details on the above steps, please consult the publication Preparing Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Development Strategies – Executive Summary.

Each step is crucial for the success of the strategic planning exercise. Once the Green LECRDS roadmap is finalized, funding and implementation can begin of the climate-ready sustainable development projects that have emerged from the planning process.

UNDP offers technical and advisory services to countries to support the development of Green LECRDS