[Closed] Nepal Climate Change Support Programme

Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP)

Status: Closed  

Phase I: 2013-2017

Phase I Transition Extension: 2018-Dec 2019


Geographic coverage:

Humla, Mugu, Dolpa, Jumla, Kalikot, Dailekh, Jajarkot, Rolpa, Rukum, Dang, Bardiya, Kailali, Bajura, Achham


Focus area:

Climate and Disaster Risk Management, Environment, Energy


Implemented by:

Central: Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoFE)

District: 26 Local Bodies in 14 Project Districts


Collaborating partners:

Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA)


Funded by:




Nepal's low level development, complex topography, and variabiity in cliamte and micro-climate within shorter distance makes it vulnerable to climate change.  Nepal ranks fourth in the global climate risk index of the most vulnerable countries. In recent years, Nepal, the home to the Himalayas, is increasingly exposed to the negative effects of climate change, particularly the poor, disadvantaged groups including women and marginalized communities have disproportionally borne the brunt of the climate change effects. Considering the need for immediate actions, Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP) implemented local adaptation plans (known as LAPAs) to address the most urgent and immediate needs in 100 villages covering 14 districts from 2013 to 2017.

Continuing these efforts and based on the learnings from the implementation of earlier phase of NCCSP and in view of new federal context, NCCSP changed its implementation modality. With technical assistance of UNDP and financial support of DFID, Ministry of Forests and Environment/GoN led the implementation of NCCSP I-Transition Extension (TE) has been supporting  the 26 local governments in 14 districts for Climate Resilient Development Projects (CRDPs).  These CRDPs are drawn from the local government's own plan without being a separate parallel project.

NCCSP I-TE implemented 78 CRDPs in 14 local governments in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018/19.  Currently NCCSP is engaged in planning CRDPs for FY 2019/20 in 26 local governments (includes 12 local governments in addition to 14 existing local governments from FY 2018/19).




The Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP) started with the aim to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable communites in Nepal are able to adapt to the effects of climate change. This is the first significant intervention on climate change adapatation in Nepal. In the earlier phase of NCCSP (2013-17), the programme was guided by the National Adapatation Programme of Action (NAPA) and National Framework on Local Adaptation Plans for Action (LAPA). NCCSP I implemented LAPAs in 100 villages covered 14 districts. Continuing these efforts and considering changed federal context of Nepal, with the technical support of UNDP and financial assistance of DFID, Ministry of Forests and Environment(MoFE)/GoN has led the implementation of NCCSP I-Transition Extension (NCCSP I-TE).

Under the Transition Extension Phase, NCCSP implemented a total of 78 CRDPs in 14 local bodies in Fiscal Year 2018/19. Currently NCCSP is engaged in planning and designing of CRDPs to be implemeted in 2019/20 in 26 local bodies which includes 14 local bodies engaged in FY 2018/19 and additional 12 local governments.  These CRDPs are drawn from the Palikas’s own plan without being a separate parallel project.

The overall goal of the NCCSP I Transition Extension programme is to pilot and document the approaches to climate resilient development based on the implementation experiences of projects and capacity development efforts in the local level. In doing so, the programme has three expected results:

1.       Climate Resilient Development Projects implemented in each of the 14 local governments and resilience of existing infrastructures improved through provision of maintenance or rehabilitation

2.       Enhanced capacity of local bodies on Climate Resilient Development Planning, implementation process, fiduciary risk management and social accountability

3.       Learning and evidences documented to support and inform  Nepal’s initiative on climate resiliency including climate change policy, climate adaptation framework, strategy, guidelines to support planning, and implementation of climate resilient development activities

The changed implementation modality of NCCSP in line with the changed federal context of Nepal has ensured that climate adaptation and resilience is integrated into local government's plan. NCCSP also includes components of and build linkages with important cross-cutting themes such as improved governance, a strong commitment to inclusion of poor and social disadvantaged groups, and women empowerment.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • NCCSP I Transition Extension programme effectively implemented 78 CRDPs enhancing climate resiliency and sustainability of implemented projects. These projects have been benefitting 84,443 people.
  • Created 86,419 person days of employment benefitting 4,189 locals through CRDPs
  • Implemented 33 integrated irrigation schemes constructing 6,176 meters of irrigation canal and irrigation ponds with the capacity of 1,887 cubic meter that irrigate 1,433 ha of arable land. These irrigation schemes have benefitted 5,775 households in enhancing their adaptive capacity towards drought and contributing towards food security and livelihoods.
  • Improved access to drinking water for 1,752 Households through 16 drinking water schemes with 31 reservoir tanks of 326 cubic meter capacity.
  • The clean drinking water is distributed through 304 public and private tap stands.
  • Constructed gabion structure of 5,237 m3 for the protection of 450-hectare area of land and settlements, benefitting 3,055 households.
  • Protection of 1-Hectare area of wetland through construction of two recharge ponds with capacity of 5,473 cubic meter
  • Constructed two disabled friendly flood resilient community shelters which can provide shelter to 850 people during the floods
  • Maintenance of Khatikhola Micro Hydro Project of capacity 80KW benefiting 732 Households
  • 406 elected representatives and 208 officials of 14 local governments were capacitated on climate resilient development planning which focused on climate screening and incorporation of climatic risks and hazards into development plans


Project Document

NCCSP Factsheet

NCCSP Annual Progress Report 2017


UNDP focal point:
Vijay Kesari
Environment Programme Analyst
UNDP, UN House, Pulchowk, Lalitpur
GPO Box 107, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 15523200 
Fax: +977 15523991
Email: vijay.kesari@undp.org

Project focal point:
Mr. Naresh Sharma
National Programme Manager
Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP)
Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE)
Singhadurbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 1 4211894, 1 6200894
Website: www.nccsp.gov.np