IIED: The Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) now operates in nine countries and two regions. It aims to support these countries and regions to prepare and implement climate resilience programmes that are long term and integrated into wider poverty reduction and development planning. Sharing early insights gained from the experiences of two pilot countries — Bangladesh and Nepal — can help to inform the on-going PPCR implementation process and offers early guidance on issues that may arise in delivering transformative programmes.
- Tailored and flexible programming. Funding is designed to be tailored according to a country’s needs, by developing a country-specific Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR).
- Country led. The programme aims to facilitate country ownership when planning and implementing the SPCR, including integrating funding into existing development strategies.
Private sector involvement. The PPCR aims to foster private sector involvement, using donor finance to leverage further private sector finance.
Programmatic approach. The aim is to support a programme of interventions that together deliver a transformational approach, going beyond ‘businessas usual’ interventions that usually take a sector by sector, or project by project, approach.
- Flexibility over how climate finance should be disbursed is crucial for ensuring continued government ownership, but should not neglect essential prerequisites, including appropriate planning, that are key for delivering actions.
- Overall, it seems managing stakeholder expectations from the start is vital to fostering country ownership, and hence the leadership needed for smooth implementation. Where country leadership is strong, care must be taken that one or two lead actors do not dominate the planning process.
- Given the complexities involved in engaging the private sector, a new approach may be necessary. As well as preparing private actors and providing incentives for them to provide climate services, it is clearly important to prepare the public sector to harness private sector involvement. Public-private partnerships are one way to foster greater trust.
- Tansformational change may be interpreted according to country needs, but needs to integrate climate resilience right across national development planning. It will be important to ensure pressure for quick results does not discourage policymakers from creating an enabling environment for transformational change. Prioritising investment into short-term, ‘quick result’ infrastructure projects risks maintaining ‘business-as-usual’, rather than piloting long-term transformations.
Started in year 2010, ‘Climate Himalaya’ initiative has been working on Mountains and Climate linked issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In the last five years this knowledge sharing portal has become one of the important references for the governments, research institutions, civil society groups and international agencies, those have work and interest in the Himalayas. The Climate Himalaya team innovates on knowledge sharing, capacity building and climatic adaptation aspects in its focus countries like Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Climate Himalaya’s thematic areas of work are mountain ecosystem, water, forest and livelihood. Read>>