National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSAs)


Since September 2001, UNEP-GEF has been participating actively in the Capacity Development Initiative (CDI) National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSAs) which aim to assist countries to make broad assessment of capacity building needs, particularly in the areas of biodiversity, climate change and land degradation

The primary objective of NCSAs is to identify country level priorities and needs for capacity building to address global environmental issues, in particular biological diversity, climate change, and land degradation, with the aim of catalyzing domestic and/or externally assisted action to meet those needs in a coordinated and planned manner. NCSA outputs can be a useful and relevant framework for domestic action and external assistance for capacity building.

Over the course of approximately 12-18 months, interested countries, with financial resources from GEF, will have the opportunity to prepare a NCSA which outlines - for each thematic area of biodiversity, climate change and desertification/land degradation as well as across the thematic areas- priority issues, capacity constraints and opportunities for capacity building. Currently, UNEP is assisting more than 35 coutnries for NCSA.

Global Support Programme(GSP)

Global Support Programme for NCSA is partnership project between UNEP and UNDP supported by GEF, to provide technical backstopping to countries to ensure timely completion of NCSA. The aim of GSP is to meet the demand from countries implementing NCSA with the rapid mobilization of technical backstopping and opportunities for countries to share experiences related to the prepartion of NCSAs.  

NCSA Follow-up Project

Once countries identify gaps in capacity building in NCSA, they are encouraged to develop a plan of action for overcoming the gaps. Those cross-cutting capacity building projects address national priorities and are responsive to the guidance and decisions of the relevant Conventions.