18 September 2012. Technology needs assessments (TNAs) are country-driven activities undertaken to identify and analyze the priority mitigation and adaptation technology needs of developing countries. To provide an opportunity to share experiences in conducting and reporting TNAs and Technology Action Plans (TAPs), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre (URC) and the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat organized a Workshop on Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs), from 10-12 September 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand. Approximately 70 participants representing governments, international organizations and civil society participated in the three-day event.
The TNA for climate change experience sharing workshop aimed to: showcase best TNA practices; get feedback from participating countries on conducting and reporting TNAs and TAPs; enhance capacity of National TNA Coordinators in project proposal development; and facilitate interaction between country representatives and the funding community.
The workshop was divided into five modules. Module I on “TAPs for mitigation and adaptation by sector” and module II on “the TNA and TAP process-experience-driven reflection on the state of the art” took place on Monday. Throughout the day on Tuesday, participants addressed module III on “Regional Knowledge Diffusion on TNA and TAP Experiences and Outputs by Sector.” On Wednesday, module III was briefly revisited in the morning and then participants focused on modules IV on “From Plans to Action – Developing Project Proposals Capable of Attracting Funding,” and module V, which was a training session led by the UNFCCC Secretariat.
During the workshop, participants convened in three parallel sessions: Africa and the Mediterranean; Asia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS); and Latin America and the Caribbean. The Africa and the Mediterranean group focused on adaptation in the agriculture and water sectors, and mitigation in the energy sector. The Asia and CIS group focused on adaptation in the water, food and agriculture sectors, and mitigation in the energy, agriculture, forestry and land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) sectors. The Latin American and the Caribbean group focused on mitigation in the energy sector and adaptation in the agriculture and livestock, and water sectors. These groups identified the following issues: challenges identified in setting targets; specificity of measures; cost and timing of measures; and the actors involved in the implementation of measures.