Resilient COVID-19 recovery and transformational pipeline to boost climate actions in agriculture, land and water sectors in Lao PDR

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Resilient COVID-19 recovery and transformational pipeline to boost climate actions in agriculture, land and water sectors in Lao PDR

In 2020, the NDA function in Lao PDR was transferred to the Department of Planning and Finance (DOPF) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), that is also the Operational Focal Point for the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This is in the context that combined impacts of COVID-19 and recurrent climate hazards severely affect the country and fast economic stimulus would potentially increase GHG emissions and pose risks to resilience due to unstainable use of natural resources,. Green growth and resilience are envisaged in the mid-term COVID-19 recovery plan and the NDC was updated in 2020, both embedded in the 9th five-year National Socio-Economic Development Plan 2021-2025. However, there is the need to translate this vision into realistic actions that can be funded. On the other hand, the country is facing widening fiscal deficit due to the pandemic, highlighting the importance of optimizing global funding that Laos can access. The proposed project aims to strengthen the capacity of the new NDA office with particular focus on (1) Building new NDA capacity for GCF coordination, in synergy with GEF and Adaptation und programming and strengthening Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) of climate finance and its contribution to achieving the NDC, the 9th National Socio-Economic Development Plan 2021-2025 and localized SDGs targets; (2) Developing resilient and green COVID-19 recovery investment plans for the agriculture, forest, and other land use (AFOLU) sectors that are the most climate vulnerable and heavily affected by COVID-19 while also being the largest emitting sectors in the country; and (3) Developing a transformational climate finance pipeline with programme/project concept notes to maximize synergies of GCF, GEF, and AF and address resilient and green COVID-19 recovery. The project will directly benefit NDA office, other departments in MONRE and sector ministries while directly benefiting other stakeholders engaged in GCF process and Laos population at large.

Cover date 30 December 2021
Document type Approved readiness proposal
Organisation
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country
Lao People's Democratic Republic