About UNDP’s Low Emission Capacity Building Programme
The UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme is being conducted in 25 countries with two overall objectives: (i) to build public sector capacity on developing nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), low-emissions development strategies (LEDS), greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory systems, and monitoring, verification, and reporting (MRV) procedures; and (ii) to build private sector capacity for mitigation actions and encourage their participation in mitigation (sectors include, e.g., cement, iron and steel, petrochemicals, fertilizers).
In this context, a number of countries have selected the waste sector as a priority sector for mitigation actions through the elaboration of NAMAs. The initial list of countries has potential to increase in size because LECB NAMA development activities are advancing to the NAMA prioritization stage in 2014-2015 for other countries as well.
Introducing LECB Waste Management Working Group
Recognizing the varying levels of capacity within countries and the explicit need to both build capacity and share knowledge, the LECB Programme has established a Waste Management Working Group (Waste WG) to build a global network of practitioners to actively engage the LECB countries that expressed the most support for and opportunity for mitigation in the waste management sector.
The Waste WG workplan includes:
- Conducting technical capacity building thematic webinars on waste management themes, including as they relate to NAMA development. This may be directed towards local waste professionals, policy makers, etc.;
- Collecting and disseminating lessons learned, and develop a resource library/knowledge center (including identification of networks, resource links, information materials, and training materials);
- Identifying potential innovative pilot or demonstration projects to pilot innovative waste management systems that are designed as NAMAs;
- Support innovative pilot or demonstration projects in the waste management sector with a possible focus on placing them in a NAMA framework. Support will be in the form of:
- technical, administrative, and/or financial recommendations, and/or,
- providing recognition, visibility, or a platform for networking, feedback, or peer review (e.g., via newsletters, webinars, workshop discussions, email distribution lists); and
- Identifying links between LEDS and waste management, and challenges and opportunities at the policy-making level to support waste management as a key component of LEDS.