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Delphi Expert Survey on Climate Policies, Plans/Strategies in Nepal

Version 1 : Received: 1 July 2017 / Approved: 5 July 2017 / Online: 5 July 2017 (04:51:31 CEST)

How to cite: Maharjan, S.K.; Maharjan, K.L. Delphi Expert Survey on Climate Policies, Plans/Strategies in Nepal. Preprints 2017, 2017070008 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201707.0008.v1). Maharjan, S.K.; Maharjan, K.L. Delphi Expert Survey on Climate Policies, Plans/Strategies in Nepal. Preprints 2017, 2017070008 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201707.0008.v1).

Abstract

The government of Nepal (GoN) has developed and implemented climate policies, plans and frameworks such as NAPA, National Climate Change Policy, LAPA and currently in the process of developing National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). These policies and plans are in different states of its implementation with diverse opinions and perceptions of the stakeholders. The paper has explored these opinions and experiences of climate experts in Nepal on state of climate policies, inter-linkages, roles and responsibilities of ministries/departments, important factors and subjective indicators for effective implementation of the policies. Altogether 30 experts responded the questionnaire sent via the email, LinkedIn and Skype Interview in the 1st phase of Delphi research technique. The experiences of these experts range from 2-30 years representing government, non-government sectors, media and independent experts. As per most of the experts interviewed, the policies and plans are progressing in strategic direction with national and local priorities. The LAPA is the pioneer framework to address the local climatic issues, originated in Nepal. However, lack of clarity on roles/responsibilities and coordination among the ministries/departments; clear mechanisms for implementation of these policies; lack of sensitization, decentralization and delegation of finance and technologies; capacity of the stakeholders are the major challenges identified.

Subject Areas

climate policy; Nepal; NAPA; LAPA; climate experts

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