Countries that take part in the Institutional Strengthening programme receive financial and technical support to recruit personnel that will coordinate and scale-up activities related to short-lived climate pollutants over a two-year period.
In its first phase (2014-2018), the programme supported 14 countries: Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Liberia, Maldives, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Togo. Most of these countries (with the exception of Ethiopia, Jordan, Liberia, Maldives and Togo) were provided support to develop a National Plan at the same time. National planning processes that build on the outcome of the Institutional Strengthening programme have now started in the Maldives and Togo. Additional Institutional Strengthening projects were started in Benin, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Kenya, Mali, Moldova, Paraguay, Uruguay between 2017 and 2018.
In addition to the financial resources provided to the participating countries, the SNAP Initiative (SEI, UN Environment and the CCAC Secretariat) is providing technical assistance to support the implementation of the countries’ workplans and monitor progress.
Following the commitment from several Coalition partner countries to develop black carbon Inventories at the Coalition’s 2016 High Level Assembly, the SNAP Initiative received approval from the Coalition Working Group to provide additional support to countries to develop an integrated inventory of greenhouse gases, short-lived climate pollutants, including black carbon, and other air pollutants using the LEAP tool.
The initiative has organised regional workshops (one in Panama in July 2018, one in Abidjan in August 2018, one in Bangkok, pending) and is providing one-on-one online technical assistance to 19 countries to develop these integrated inventories.
Since 2015, the SNAP Initiative has organised annual Institutional Strengthening workshops during the Coalitions’ autumn Working Group. These workshops are attended by all participating countries and provide an opportunity for them to exchange information on progress and offer training on specific topics, such as financing, inventories, etc. Regional meetings and webinars provide regular opportunities for exchange and training during the rest of the year.