The NAP process was launched in Lesotho in October 2015 followed by a two day technical training, supported by NAP-GSP. In the opening session, the Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Lesotho, Ms Christy Ahenkora, reinforced the importance of national development planning to reduce vulnerability, build capacity and mainstream adaptation into all sector-specific development plans. The two-day training workshop in Maseru brought together around 30 national experts from various sectors and departments, including Health, Water, Agriculture, as well as members of the National Climate Change Committee (NCCC), media representatives, academic institutions and civil society. The training was delivered at the request of the Ministry of Energy and Meteorology by a team of facilitators drawn from UNDP and UNITAR, with support from the GEF-funded NAP-GSP.
During the COP 21, Government officials from Lesotho talked about their process and road-map development with the support of the NAP-GSP during the side event on 'The Work of LEG in supporting the LDCs on NAPs and NAPAs', 1st December 2015. The main requirement for NAP support expressed by the Government of Lesotho is to develop the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation into existing national development planning process. NAP-GSP can support coordination to develop plans which are mainstreamed into line ministries and sectoral plans, through in-country capacity building and training.
Some capacity-building and training has already come from Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) in Lesotho. NAP-GSP will build on this support through additional training provision and wider multi-sector capacity building in-country. The Central Planning Ministry (CPM) has developed medium term and long term planning processes to 2017. The Government of Lesotho expressed the need to have a mainstreamed planning process which is consistent and formal - a clear structure for all sectors - led from the CPM and mainstreamed into all the sectors of Government, embedded into existing planning processses.
The Government of Lesotho CPM has developed a 5 year plan - 2012/3 to 2016/7 – ‘National Strategic Development Plan’ - which incorporates climate change mainstreaming into the plan into all sectors. Adaptation projects proposals are also included. NAP-GSP can provide support to develop these proposals into projects.
A Lesotho Government delegation attended the NAP-GSP Africa Regional Training Workshop (Anglophone) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in April 2014.