Least Developed Countries Expert Group. A panel of 12 experts, established in 2001, which provides support and advice to LDCs on the preparation and implementation of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs), and technical guidance and support to the national adaptation plan (NAP) process. It meets twice a year and supports LDCs through organizing workshops, providing guides, tools, technical papers, publications, databases and direct advice, and reviewing draft NAPAs upon request. (see also LDCs, NAPAs and NAPs). The mandate of the LEG was extended at COP16 for a period of five years (2011-2015).