Paraguay is a landlocked developing country with a highly dependent economy on the primary sector, which makes it highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, such as temperature increase, pattern change in rainfall, and intensity and frequency increase of extreme weather events.
Technology is an important aspect to be taken into consideration in climate change both in strengthening mitigation and adaptation measures and in building resilience. The absence of a comprehensive Technological Needs Assessment (TNA) for the country increases the difficulties in determining the level and extent of support needed for implementation of the National Determined Contribution (NDCs) and other national development priorities, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). International cooperation is cited as an important prerequisite for leveraging of inputs for the implementations of the NDC. Among them is improving and adopting technologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The country faces a lack of specialized skills required in climate technologies, innovations and knowledge. Other barriers include inadequate infrastructure services to ease the acquisition of appropriate technologies, lack of market awareness, lack of research and development of green technologies, inadequate incentives and enabling environment for technology transfer. Generally, these barriers affect the development and transfer of climate technologies in the country.
Support Paraguay in conducting a sectoral technology needs assessment (TNA) and develop a technology action plan (TAP):
- identify and prioritize mitigation/adaptation technologies for selected sectors/ sub-sectors;
- identify, analyze and address the barriers hindering the deployment and diffusion of the prioritized technologies, including enabling the framework for the said technologies;
- based on the inputs obtained from the two previous steps, to draw up a TAP with suggested actions presented in the form of project ideas.
TNAs are a highly practical tool that provides an effective and solid foundation upon which developing countries can both scale up and implement action on climate technologies. The sectoral TNA will complement the national processes and enable technology transfer to aid in the realization of the country climate change and development strategies. The anticipated outcomes are envisioned to present strategies for long-term, participatory transformational measures across the identified and prioritized sectors that will drive climate resilient and low carbon growth.