The UNDP-RBAS Regional Programme Division is pursuing two projects under the Environment and Energy portfolio during 2016, in line with the 2014-2017 Regional Programme Document, namely Outputs 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4.
One of these will be a second, and thus new, phase of the Water Governance Programme for Arab States, the first phase of which ran from 2008-2013. This new project cycle will include follow up on the recent (Nov 2013) launch of a regional report on water governance and focus around a range of regional themes, potentially including but not limited to: 1) capacity building for countries on transboundary and shared water resources issues; 2) capacity building around human rights approaches to water; 3) water sector planning in conflict/post- conflict areas; and 4) piloting and scaling up various applications of non-conventional water systems. The first half of 2014 will consist of preparatory work for this second phase and may include resource mobilization, national and regional consultations, and other project formulation activities.
The second project in the portfolio, the Arab Climate Resilience Initiative (ACRI), was launched by UNDP-RBAS in 2012. This four-year programme, now entering its second year, has the overall objective of providing a regional platform to support countries in the region in low-carbon, climate resilient development pathways. The programme aims to assist countries to: i) build knowledge related to identified climate change priorities (namely drought & water security and sustainable energy); ii) strengthen their capacities to implement strategic programmes and policies in these identified priority areas, as well as establish their position at international negotiations; iii) and establish cross-country and multi-sectoral partnerships to facilitate knowledge and best-practice sharing; and iv) build capacity to access, absorb and manage climate finance opportunities.
In 2013, in addition to building up project networks and exploring resource mobilization options, activities initiated under ACRI included capacity building around international climate change negotiations and approaches to climate finance, as well as national pilot projects in energy efficiency, including national energy strategy development.