Avani Vaish, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat, reviewed the GEF's work regarding national communications, underlining developments regarding the creation of new GEF operational guidelines.
Bo Lim, UNDP, outlined technical assistance issues relating to vulnerability and adaptation, the Adaptation Policy Framework, technical needs assessments, global climate observation systems, and the creation of knowledge networks. Walter Vergara, World Bank, outlined carbon financing services, stressing the need for vulnerability and adaptation assessments and an integrated approach to financing tools using GEF, technical assistance and carbon financing resources.
Ravi Sharma, UNEP, reviewed UNEP's activities relating to scientific and technological capacity building, methodological work, scientific collaboration, and public awareness raising. He also presented work conducted under the Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change in Multiple Regions and Sectors Project, outlining its anticipated outcomes of advancing scientific understanding, building scientific and technical capacities, and contributing to national communications. Njeri Wamukonya, UNEP Risø Centre, described the Centre's technical support for capacity building for national communications, including its handbook series, general technical guidelines and extended costs assessments.
Helene Gichenje, Canadian International Development Agency, described the Canada Climate Change Development Fund, stressing work in key areas relating to vulnerability and adaptation assessments, greenhouse gas inventories and mitigation analysis. Jaap Rooimans, the Netherlands, outlined the Dutch programme of financial and technical assistance for second national communications for developing countries, underlining the need for complementarity with GEF funding and the work of implementing agencies. Ian Tellam, ETC Netherlands, highlighted the thematic areas, supported activities, and implementation priorities of the Dutch programme. Susan Wickwire, US Environmental Protection Agency, outlined US initiatives to support national communications, stating that capacity building must be seen as an ongoing process.