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UNEP Risoe Technology Needs Assessment Program

Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) is a set of country-driven activities. The program identifies and determines the mitigation and adaptation technology priorities of developing countries and is central to the work of parties to the Convention on Technology Transfer.

It presents an opportunity for countries to track their evolving need for new equipment, techniques, practical knowledge and skills necessary to mitigate GHG emissions and/or reduce the vulnerability of economic sectors and livelihoods to the adverse impacts of climate change.


The TNA project is a part of the Strategic Program on Technology Transfer initiated by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The Strategic Program on Technology Transfer also includes piloting priority technology projects and dissemination of successfully demonstrated technologies. The program builds on the GEF’s mandate, experience, and current network of technology transfer activities.

The first round of the program began in November 2009 in fifteen countries: Kenya, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, Mali, Argentina, Costa Rica, Peru, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Georgia. The program now serves over 30 countries across Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia & Eastern Europe and is funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) through the UNEP Risoe Centre.

Outputs and resources

For a full list of participating countries and recent updates to the program, go to the Technology Needs Assessment website.

For more information on the background to the Technology Needs Assessment program, visit the Global Environment Facility site.

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