The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia, represented by the Cabinet of the Deputy President of the Government in charge of Economic Affairs as the National Designated Authority (NDA) for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is taking the first steps for the preparation of the GCF Country Work Programme, which will represent an instrument to clearly set short- and medium-term key areas for engagement with the GCF, in alignment with broader national development and climate finance priorities.
Within the country’s first project under the GCF readiness and preparatory support programme, implemented in 2019, FAO supported the Government to set up the national mechanism, institutional framework and procedures needed to effectively access and deploy resources from the Fund.
Building on the progress achieved through the first Readiness project, the ongoing second GCF Readiness project is focused on strengthening country capacities for climate change adaptation and mitigation and finalization of a Country Work Programme for the GCF.
The GCF Country Work Programme shall include a pipeline of projects (coming from public and private stakeholders) addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation actions in each of the priority sectors, to be submitted for consideration by the Green Climate Fund, including: energy, transport, water resources, agriculture, waste, biodiversity, health, forestry, and cultural heritage.
The consultative process to develop the GCF Country Work Programme will bring together Government institutions, private sector entities, academia and civil society organizations, to ensure all priority sectors identified are adequately reflected in the pipeline of GCF projects / programmes.
As a first step of the process, the NDA for the GCF will review and assess all project ideas submitted from national institutions, municipalities, public and private companies, civil society organizations and other legal entities during the country’s first Call for Project Ideas for GCF financial support launched on 30 October 2019, in the context of the First Readiness grant.
In addition to the project ideas submitted during the first Call, the GCF Country Work Programme development will aim to identify and include additional national priority projects from all nine priority sectors, trough review of national sectoral strategies and policy documents, including wide sectoral consultation process.
The process of GCF Country Work Programme development will promote climate action to connect different stakeholders (proponents and accredited entities) through a match-making exercise based on the principles of transparency, country ownership and building national capacities.