National Capacity Needs Self-Assessment for Global Environment Management - Iraq

Project General Information




Environmental goverance

Multiple Focal Areas


EA - Enabling Activities

Targeted Capacity Building

Build capacity on access and benefit sharing

Building capacity on access and benefit sharing

The NCSA process in Iraq is planned for a period of 24 months. The NCSA team will work under the lead of the Ministry of Environment, and be supported by the UNEP Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), located in the Region, which has worked extensively with Iraq on a number of initatives including NESAP, NBSAP, NAP, State of Environment Reporting and INC. The process will be guided by the NCSA principles as outlined in the GEF Strategic Approach to Capacity Building and the NCSA Resource Kits (GEF, UNDP, UNEP and UNITAR, 2005). The outputs are foreseen under  five distinct components:

Component 1 aims at achieving broad organizational and stakeholder ownership for the NCSA process by utilizing existing inter-ministerial coordination mechanisms at governing and federal level that were established for the NESAP. This mechanism will also be fully integrated into the EA projects. Additional platforms, such as activities and committees of the other EA projects (NBSAP, INC, NAP, ...) will be used for full stakeholder engagement.

Component 2 will review conventions-related national policies, legislation, projects, activities, plans and establish a baseline or database for further use in the thematic and cross-cutting assessments.

Component 3 will a) review national obligations under each MEA against past and ongoing activities, projects, programmes, policies, strategies and legal frameworks; b) identify priority capacity needs and opportunities for capacity development for each thematic area, at the individual, organizational and systemic levels; c) assess performance strengths and weaknesses against convention obligations and specific national environmental aims and needs; d) identify priority opportunities for linkages and synergies in implementing the Rio Conventions and other MEAs being considered; and e) determine priority capacity needs and possible linkages and synergies which are cross-cutting for global and national environmental management and sustainable development. 

Component 4 will a) establish a capacity development strategy based on the thematic and cross-cutting assessments with goals, objectives and priority areas that will lead to measurable improvements in the management of global and national environmental issues; b) identify possible short, medium and long-term actions to address the above capacity development goals and objectives; and c) obtain approval and support for the Action Plan from high-level officials and key stakeholders. 

These components will be backed by a results-based monitoring and evaluation approach (Component 5) to ensure a) timely implementation of the NCSA itself; b) the full ownership of the process by the relevant stakeholders; and c) to strengthen the incorporation of NCSA outputs and results into sectoral planning and national and local development planning.

Expedited Enabling Activity(EA)


Western Asia


GEF Trust Fund

Stage Grant to UNEP Grant to other IA Co-Financing UNEP Fee Other IA Fee
$ 200,000.00 $ 0.00 $ 60,000.00 $ 19,000.00 $ 0.00


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Ludgarde Coppens




Executing Agency Category
UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)
International NGO

Partner Category
Iraq: Ministry of Environment of Iraq (MOE)
National Government Agency

Name Category Period
Ludgarde Coppens

Moderate Risk

Political risk. There is an ongoing civil war in Iraq

No project site

Not Applicable


National Capacity Self Assessments

Fiscal Year Project activities and objectives met
August 2014

N/A as of August 2014

$ 30,000.00

Government of Iraq: USD 30,000 (IN-KIND)