Project Background

Strengthening Good Governance and Democratic Process
in National Climate Change Adaptation Planning

Thailand – national action with 5-10 case study sites
Duration 48 months.

 

Objectives:

Overall objective:

Strengthen the capacity of environmental Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) to ensure good governance in national climate change adaptation planning and bring about sustainable development and inclusive growth.

Specific objectives:

1) Build the capacity of environmental CSO’s and local authorities (LA’s) to conduct vulnerability and capacity assessments and develop innovative adaptation measures.

2) Strengthen the network of environmental CSO’s and LA’s to promote inclusive, representative and participatory planning in the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process.

 

Target groups:

1) National Assembly of Non-governmental Organizations for the Conservation of Natural Resources and the Environment;

2) National Association of Sub-district Administration Organizations;

3) Formal NAP Mechanism.

 

Final beneficiaries:

1) Marginalized, resource-dependent communities with high vulnerability to both climate change and man-made stressors: indigenous peoples, small-scale farmers, small-scale fishers and rural women.

2) Climate change adaptation policy-makers: Office of Natural Resources and Environment Policy and Planning (ONEP) and National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB). 3) Mass media and the general public.

 

Estimated results:

Capacity and Networking:

1.1) Enhanced capacity of environmental CSO’s and LA’s demonstrated through vulnerability and capacity assessments and proposed adaptation measures in case study sites.

1.2) Proposed adaptation measures piloted and/or integrated into local development plans. 1.3) Enhanced networking of environmental CSO’s and LA’s demonstrated through policy recommendations and advocacy strategies targeting national climate change adaptation planning.

Influencing NAP Process:

2.1) Participatory mechanism/process established to ensure representation of environmental CSO’s, LA’s and marginalized, resource-dependent communities in NAP process.

2.2) Monitoring mechanism/process established to ensure inclusion of concerns and recommendations of environmental CSO’s, LA’s and marginalized, resource-dependent communities in NAP process and document.

2.3) Increased awareness and strengthened engagement of mass media and general public regarding the NAP process and document.

 

Main activities:

Capacity and Networking:

1.1) Climate change adaptation training: concepts, practices and policies.

1.2) Participatory action research in case study sites: vulnerability and capacity assessment and proposed adaptation measures.

1.3) Multi-stakeholder knowledge-sharing consultations: prioritization and consensus regarding concerns and recommendations.

1.4) Strengthening operational capacity of environmental CSO network: establish working groups, develop policy recommendations and identify advocacy strategies.

Influencing NAP Process:

2.1) Engage with formal NAP mechanism: establish participatory mechanism/process and conduct formal policy dialogues.

2.2) Monitor NAP process: establish monitoring mechanism/process, develop indicators, conduct evaluations and review results.

2.3) Develop knowledge products and disseminate advocacy materials: good governance, democratic process, inclusion and representation in national climate change adaptation planning.

 

Description of the Action

This action will be implemented by Good Governance for Social Development and the Environment (GSEI) in partnership with Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF). Founded and registered in 2000, GSEI conducts participatory research, develops policy recommendations and disseminates knowledge products to strengthen socio-economic and environmental good governance in pursuit of inclusive socioeconomic development and sustainable environmental management. Founded in 1996 and registered in 1999, SDF has been working for almost 20 years to promote participatory, multi-stakeholder approaches to natural resource management, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, synthesizing lessons learned from concrete field-level practice to inform inclusive, equitable and just public policy. In preparing this action the applicants have consulted two key national bodies: the National Assembly of Non-governmental Organizations for the Conservation of Natural Resources and the Environment, one of the largest and most active networks of environmental non-governmental organizations in Thailand, and the National Association of Sub-district Administration Organizations, the formal body representing the views and concerns of Thailand’s thousands of sub-district administration organizations. The applicants are in ongoing consultations with the Climate Change Management and Coordination Division (CCMC), within the Office of Natural Resources and the Environment Policy and Planning (ONEP), to align the action with Thailand’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process.

 

The overall objective of the action is to strengthen the capacity of environmental Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) to ensure good governance in national climate change adaptation planning and bring about sustainable development and inclusive growth. The specific objectives of the action are to: 1) build the capacity of environmental CSO’s and local authorities (LA’s) to conduct vulnerability and capacity assessments and develop innovative adaptation measures, and to 2) strengthen the network of environmental CSO’s and LA’s to promote inclusive, representative and participatory planning in the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process. The first specific objective aims to build the capacity and strengthen the networking of environmental CSO’s and LA’s on climate change, climate change impacts, vulnerability, resilience and climate change adaptation. In 5-10 case study sites, vulnerability and capacity assessments will be conducted and proposed adaptation measures will be identified. The proposed adaptation measures will be piloted and/or integrated into local development plans, and lessons learned will be synthesized and summarized into policy recommendations and advocacy strategies targeting national climate change adaptation planning. The second specific objective aims to positively influence the NAP process. Two distinct mechanisms/processes will be established. The first will focus on participation: ensuring the representation of environmental CSO’s, LA’s and marginalized, resource-dependent communities in the NAP process. The second will focus on monitoring: ensuring the inclusion of the concerns and recommendations of environmental CSO’s, LA’s and marginalized, resource-dependent communities in the NAP process and document. Development of knowledge products and dissemination of advocacy materials will increase public awareness and strengthen media engagement.

The estimated results and main activities for the action have been clustered into two groups that are aligned with the specific objectives:

Capacity and Networking

Estimated Results:

1.1) Enhanced capacity of environmental CSO’s and LA’s demonstrated through vulnerability and capacity assessments and proposed adaptation measures in case study sites.

1.2) Proposed adaptation measures piloted and/or integrated into local development plans.

1.3) Enhanced networking of environmental CSO’s and LA’s demonstrated through policy recommendations and advocacy strategies targeting national climate change adaptation planning.

Main Activities:

1.1) Climate change adaptation training: concepts, practices and policies.

1.2) Participatory action research in case study sites: vulnerability and capacity assessment and proposed adaptation measures.

1.3) Multi-stakeholder knowledge-sharing consultations: prioritization and consensus regarding concerns and recommendations. 1.4) Strengthening operational capacity of environmental CSO network: establish working groups, develop policy recommendations and identify advocacy strategies.

Influencing NAP Process

Estimated Results:

2.1) Participatory mechanism/process established to ensure representation of environmental CSO’s, LA’s and marginalized, resource-dependent communities in NAP process.

2.2) Monitoring mechanism/process established to ensure inclusion of concerns and recommendations of environmental CSO’s, LA’s and marginalized, resource-dependent communities in NAP process and document.

2.3) Increased awareness and strengthened engagement of mass media and general public regarding the NAP process and document.

Main Activities:

2.1) Engage with formal NAP mechanism: establish participatory mechanism/process and conduct formal policy dialogues. 2.2) Monitor NAP process: establish monitoring mechanism/process, develop indicators, conduct evaluations and review results. 2.3) Develop knowledge products and disseminate advocacy materials: good governance, democratic process, inclusion and representation in national climate change adaptation planning.