Navigating the Landscape of Support for the Process to Formulate and Implement National Adaptation Plans: 2022 Overview

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Posted on: 10/30/2023 - Updated on: 10/30/2023

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In 2010, the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) established the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans with the objectives to reduce countries’ vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and to facilitate the integration of climate change adaptation into relevant new and existing policies, programmes and activities. It is a continuous and progressive process that enables countries to identify medium- and long-term adaptation needs and to develop and implement strategies and programmes to address those needs. NAPs also help countries strengthen the adaptation-related elements of their nationally determined contributions as part of the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

This publication provides an overview of the landscape of support available for adaptation and of the targeted programmes and initiatives that have been set up to facilitate the formulation and implementation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). It is structured around six different categories of support: “Guidelines”, “Systematic observation, science and climate services”, “Information and knowledge”, “Finance”, “Capacity-building and technical support”, and “Technology development and transfer”. It updates and complements the information contained in the Adaptation Committee's 2015 report.

As the support needs of different countries at different stages of the process to formulate and implement NAPs vary and will continue to evolve, the landscape of available support will also adapt to those needs. In light of the dynamic nature of the provided support, this publication is complemented by an online information source on which the information on available support will be updated more frequently and more flexibly.


Navigating the landscape of support for the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans. 2022 Overview. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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UNFCCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Convention has near universal membership (198 Parties) and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep the global average temperature rise this century as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

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