National planning support


The major health, climate, crop yield and ecosystem benefits of short-lived climate pollutant mitigation that have been identified in global assessments will only be achieved through widespread and scaled-up action. Action at the national scale is essential for ensuring relevant policies are implemented and that mitigation actions are pursued effectively to deliver the greatest development benefits.

The SNAP initiative provides technical and financial support to countries wishing to undertake national planning to mitigate short-lived climate pollutants. It does this by bringing together relevant data to develop an overview of where emissions are being adequately addressed through current plans, of existing policies and programmes in which short-lived climate pollutant mitigation can be mainstreamed, and of gaps where additional action should be taken.


Our work aims to give decision makers the tools and information they need to prioritize mitigation actions and track their progress.  This covers:

  • Assessing short-lived climate pollutant emissions, policies and measures that will address emissions, and opportunities for further mitigation
  • Strengthening the case for the implementation of existing strategies, policies and plans that will reduce emissions
  • Increasing awareness and political will to act on air quality and climate issues by better demonstrating the multiple benefits of action
  • Mainstreaming further action on short-lived climate pollutants into existing strategies, policies and plans
  • Identifying gaps in existing legislations and plans and defining new actions that need to be taken - from actions focused on specific sources, to new legislation and plans
  • Ensuring coherence and integration between air quality and climate objectives and interventions

What we're doing

We are currently supporting 12 countries, providing financial and technical support to:

  • Develop an assessment of short-lived climate pollutant emissions at the national level: their impacts and likely progression in the future, the current regulatory framework, and existing actions
  • Identify possible mitigation measures, mitigation potential and the potential benefits for climate and clean air
  • Develop national priorities for action on emission sources that could be taken immediately and further into the future
  • Define the most cost-effective implementation pathways and concrete actions to reach goals
  • Understand the information, capacity and finance gaps that would need to be filled to ensure effective mitigation
  • Define how to track progress in reducing emissions and periodically refine priority actions

The initiative has developed a guidance document that outlines the different steps proposed for the planning process, and provides training to countries on how to use the LEAP tool and its integrated benefits calculator for the assessment of national short-lived climate pollutant emissions and impacts.


Activity | National Planning and Policy
Thailand | Ongoing
Thailand joined the CCAC in 2019 to develop its understanding of national black carbon and tropospheric ozone emissions. Seeking to build upon the findings of the CCAC’s regional assessment on Asia...
Bangkok Thailand
Activity | National Planning and Policy
Mali | Ongoing
Despite its small contribution to global emissions, Mali has taken ambitious action to tackle the challenges of climate change and air pollution simultaneously in view of their development...
Toward the Presidential Palace by Robin Taylor. CC BY 2.0
Activity | National Planning and Policy
Kenya | Ongoing
In collaboration with the Coalition's Supporting National Planning (SNAP) Initiative, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry will be working to increase awareness and capacity for SLCP mitigation...
Nairobi, Kenya
Activity | National Planning and Policy
Chad | Ongoing
The Ministry of Environment, Water and Fishing of Chad is working with our Supporting National Planning (SNAP) Initiative to develop an integrated emission inventory of greenhouse gases, short-lived...
Place de la nation lors du festival Dary édition 2018 by Yacoub. CC BY-SA 4.0
Activity | National Planning and Policy
Philippines | Ongoing
Comprising of over 7,500 islands in the Pacific Ocean, the Southeast Asian country of the Philippines is increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change from sea level rise, extreme weather...
Participants in group discussion during the Organizational Workshop for SLCP Reduction using Open Space Method, 17-18 July 2017.
Activity | National Planning and Policy
Bangladesh | Ongoing
Support from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition's SNAP initiative has culminated in an actionable plan to reduce short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) emissions. With support of the SNAP initiative,...
SNAP Workshop, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Activity | National Planning and Policy
Morocco | Ongoing
With support from the Coalition's SNAP initiative, Morocco is currently developing its legal and institutional capacity to mitigate short-lived climate pollutants and its national strategy for...
SNAP Workshop, Rabat, Morocco, 2019
Activity | National Planning and Policy
Colombia | Ongoing
The Ministry of Environment of Colombia has been supported by the Coalition's SNAP initiative since 2013, with the aim of developing a national strategy to mitigate short-lived climate pollutants...
Bogota, Colombia, 2018
Activity | National Planning and Policy
Uruguay | Ongoing
The coastal South American country of Uruguay is increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, from sea level rise, to natural resource losses, and extreme weather events. At the same...
SNAP Workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay 2019
Activity | National Planning and Policy
Ghana | Ongoing
In 2013, Ghana became one of the first countries to participate in the SNAP initiative, receiving support for national SLCP planning. Ghana's participation in the SNAP initiative has led to the...
Ghana LEAP training
Activity | National Planning and Policy
Mexico | Ongoing
With support from the Coalition's SNAP intiative, Mexico has taken ambitious leadership in order to address short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) emissions and the impacts of air pollution and climate...
Mexico's national SLCP planning team
Activity | National Planning and Policy
Togo | Ongoing
Home to almost 8 million people, the West African country of Togo is increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, crop yields, extreme weather events, and vulnerable...
Activity | National Planning and Policy
Nigeria | Ongoing
Situated in West Africa and with a population of 190 million people, Nigeria is increasingly vulnerable to the many impacts of climate change. In addition, indoor and outdoor air quality remains a...
National planning meeting, Nigeria
Activity | National Planning and Policy
Peru | Ongoing
Home to over 30 million people, the South American country of Peru is increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, from sea level rise, to extreme weather events and agricultural...
Lima, Peru

Who's involved

Lead Partner: A Coalition partner with an active role in coordinating, monitoring and guiding the work of an initiative.

Implementer: A Coalition partner or actor receiving Coalition funds to implement an activity or initiative.

Resources & tools

This document (2021 update) sets out to guide countries wishing to develop national plans to implement Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) strategies.

This guidance outlines a tried...

Activity contact

Seraphine Haeussling,
Programme Management Officer
secretariat [at]

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