13-16 September: Tenth meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Bonn, Germany
At its tenth
meeting the Adaptation Committee (AC) agreed on the next steps and new arrangements to work on
the implementation of the joint AC and LEG mandates stemming from decision 1/CP.21. To this effect,
and AC/LEG joint working group was established to work intersessionally and on the margins of COP
22, inviting the participation of the SCF. Interim results of the work will be presented at a COP
22 side event.
The AC has also made good progress on planning for 2017 review of the work of other
adaptation-related institutional arrangements under the Convention, and on assessing adaptation
needs. It agreed to invite submissions from Parties and other stakeholders to inform its further
With regard to technical support and guidance to the Parties on adaptation action, the AC set up
enhanced collaboration with NWP partners (through the secretariat) on M&E, and with NWP support
and CTCN on collaboration with regional centres. Also the revised ToR and flexible workplan of the
NAP Task Force were agreed upon.
The AC agreed on an expanded TEP-A working group involving other bodies and stakeholders and agreed
to forward a draft list of topics for the 2017-2020 TEMs for the consideration of the working.
Due to financial constrains the 10th meeting of the AC could not be webcast. The AC highlighted the
urgent need of providing resources to the AC in its report to the COP.
24-25 May: Technical Expert Meetings on Adaptation at SB 44
As part of the
Technical Examination Process on Adaptation, two technical expert meetings on adaptation
(TEM-A) were organized under the umbrella topic: Reducing vulnerability and mainstreaming climate
change adaptation, including through the process to formulate and implement national adaptation
plans. The first TEM-A
focused on enhancing the implementation of adaptation action with emphasis on gaps, needs,
challenges, options and opportunities for implementation on the ground; means of implementation,
including for the improvement of climate information services and understanding of scientific
information at the national level; and good practices for reducing vulnerability. The second TEM-A
focused on effective policy frameworks and institutional arrangements for adaptation planning and
implementation, including for multi-level governance and monitoring and evaluation. This process
was established at COP 21 as part of the enhanced action prior to 2020 in the decision adopting the
17 May: Side event of the Adaptation Committee at SB 44 on collaboration with regional
centres and networks
This side event
took place during SB 44 in Bonn, providing an overview of the ground work already done by the AC on
what would be needed in terms of technical support to developing country Parties and subsequently
seeking input from the audience on if and how the establishment of a new partnership could be of
added value. This side event is one of the many activities under the AC’s workstream on
technical support and guidance to Parties, responding to the COP decision 1/CP/16.
12 May: Third Adaptation Forum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Adaptation Forum took place as part of the 2016 Adaptation Futures conference in Rotterdam, the
Netherlands. The AC used the opportunity of having a broad range of experts available to seek input
on two out of its five mandates from Paris by first framing and then asking the following two
questions: What is needed to objectively review the adequacy and effectiveness of adaptation
actions and the support for adaptation in countries? And what can be done to effectively and
efficiently recognize the adaptation efforts that have been undertaken by developing countries? The
Forum proved a good entry point into the discussion and reflected a broad range of views and
understandings regarding both issues. There was broad interest to contribute to the work of the AC
on these matters and participants were invited to provide further written inputs via email to
1-3 March: Ninth meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Bonn, Germany
At its ninth
meeting the Adaptation Committee (AC) elected a new Co-Chair, Ms. Minpeng Chen (China) and
re-elected Mr. Don Lemmen (Canada). The AC agreed on a revised workplan for the years 2016 to 2018 in line with the new mandates from
The AC further took into consideration the continued work of its NAP TF and invited the LEG, the SCF,
the TEC and the GCF to nominate or re-nominate members.
With regard to supporting the implementation of the Paris outcome, the AC agreed on next steps to
undertake the five tasks that were mandated to the AC or to the AC together with other bodies. For
the 2016 Technical Examination Process on adaptation (TEP-A) the AC agreed on the umbrella
topic “Reducing vulnerability and mainstreaming climate change adaptation, including through
the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans”, which will inform the
technical examination meetings as well as the technical papers and summary for policy makers this
It also agreed on next steps in the collaboration with the GCF and endorsed a concept note for a
side event which will set the groundwork for a potential partnership platform with national,
regional and international organizations, centres and networks.
30 November-12 December: COP 21, Paris, France
COP 21 appreciated the progress made by
the Adaptation Committee (AC) in the implementation of its first 3-year workplan. Furthermore, it
welcomed the report of the
AC, including its recommendations and the workplan of the AC for the period 2016–2018
contained in its annex. Based on a recommendation from the AC, the COP invited the IPCC to enhance
outreach activities that would facilitate policymakers’ understanding of the impact of
different levels of warming on adaptation planning and actions. It requested the AC to further
strengthen cooperation with the SCF and other constituted bodies under the Convention, with a view
to enhancing coherence and collaboration regarding adaptation finance. In addition, the COP
requested the TEC, in collaboration with the CTCN, AC and LEG, to consider how it can help Parties
to align their technology needs assessments with the process to formulate and implement NAPs.
Agreement further contains a range of new activities for the AC, including to conduct a
technical examination process on adaptation.
9-12 September: Eighth meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Bonn, Germany
At its eighth
meeting the AC agreed on its future workplan for the years 2016-2018. The workplan builds on
the results of the AC's work undertaken so far and maintains flexibility to take on new and
emerging tasks, including those resulting from future agreements and decisions under the
Convention, including COP 21, as well as the 2016 review of the progress and performance of the AC.
The AC further agreed on its inputs to the SCF's guidance to the operating entities of the
financial mechanism under the Convention and considered the outlines for two forthcoming
publications, namely its 2015 Overview Report and a publication on support available for the
process to formulate and implement NAPs. Both publications will be made available before COP 21.
Based on the outcomes of its work carried out throughout 2015, including an input document
containing information, key issues and recommendations on the means of implementation for enhanced
adaptation action, the AC also agreed on recommendations to be forwarded to COP 21 for
consideration, which will be contained in this year's report of the AC.
7-8 September: Expert meeting on promoting livelihoods and economic
diversification, Bonn, Germany
The meeting took place immediately before AC 8, building on the relevant work undertaken under the
NWP on this matter.
It was held under the guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA and in collaboration with relevant NWP
organizations. The expert meeting was attended by almost 40 experts on livelihood and
economic diversification and was informed by a variety of case studies provided by NWP
Participants discussed economic diversification at the regional and national levels, livelihood
diversification at the household and community levels, as well as options to strengthen linkages
between both, including processes and tools that can effectively integrate efforts, in particular
in the NAP process. For more information please visit the dedicated webpage.
The report on the meeting will be made available for consideration by AC 9. In addition, the AC
will also issue in 2016 a user-friendly information product to disseminate the findings from the
16-17 April: Workshop on experiences, good practices, lessons learned, gaps and needs on the
process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans, Bonn,
The AC, in collaboration with the LEG, organized this workshop back to
back with the NAP Expo, drawing upon experts and practitioners at different levels to share
experiences, good practices, lessons learned, gaps and needs on the process to formulate and
The workshop built on the outcomes of the previous year’s meeting organized by the AC's
NAP taskforce, the work on the means of implementation for enhanced adaptation action and on
information exchanged during the NAP Expo. The workshop was informed by an information paper
At COP 20, Parties decided that there is a need to enhance the reporting on the process to
formulate and implement NAPs and noted the need to strengthen the existing reporting related to the
process. The COP decided to explore reporting options as part of this workshop and to then further
consider how to enhance reporting related to the NAP process at SBI 42. SBI 42 then initiated
its consideration of options on this matter, taking into account information contained in the
workshop report (FCCC/SBI/2015/INF.6).
The SBI agreed to continue that consideration at SBI 44.
7 March: Second Adaptation Forum “Institutional arrangements to build partnerships
and strengthen regional networks” Panama City, Panama
The AC held its 2015 Adaptation Forum in conjunction
with the first forum of the Global Adaptation Network (GAN).
The objectives of the 2015 Adaptation Forum were to build and share partnerships and to prioritize
areas for cooperation
to support improved regional institutional arrangements for adaptation, as well as encouraging the
engagement of regional networks and institutions with the AC.
The event brought together almost 100 participants, including individuals from various adaptation
knowledge networks and institutions, government officials and experts working in the field of
climate change adaptation, providing an opportunity for dialogue and learning between adaptation
actors and networks inter-regionally and globally.
2-4 March: Workshop on the means of implementation for enhanced adaptation
action, Bonn, Germany
The overarching topic of the workshop was understanding adaptation finance: how has adaptation
finance resulted – or not resulted – in effective and concrete action.
The workshop explored the following five topics: access to finance; national-level institutional
arrangements and mobilization of finance in developing countries; the importance of integrating
adaptation into development; the role of the private sector; and the NAP process.
The workshop was informed by a synthesis paper ( AC/2015/9), based on submissions and other relevant information on adaptation finance,
which was provided as background in advance of the workshop. The synthesis paper, the report on the
workshop and other background information are available on the workshop webpage.
24-27 February: Seventh meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Bonn, Germany
At its seventh meeting the
Adaptation Committee (AC) members elected a new Co-Chair, Mr. Don Lemmen (Canada) and
re-elected Mr. Juan Hoffmaister (Bolivia, Plurinational State of) as Co-Chair. Relevant progress
was made, including in the areas of coherence and collaboration, with participation of one of the
Co-Chairs of the GCF.
With regard to adaptation finance, the AC agreed to discontinue fragmented discussions and to give
that matter a focused discussion space under agenda item on means of implementation. The
involvement of external experts was further perceived as a good initiative to advance the work of
The areas of M&E and NAPs particularly profited from this expert participation, as well as an
open discussion day to exchange views and ideas for the next workplan of the Adaptation Committee.
In addition, observers acknowledged the work of the AC and welcomed its transparency.
1–14 December: COP 20, Lima, Peru
COP 20 appreciated the continued
work of the AC on providing technical support and guidance to the Parties on adaptation action,
including through the work carried out by the Committee's task force on national adaptation
plans. It requested Parties, operating entities of the Financial Mechanism and other relevant
entities working on adaptation to consider the recommendations contained in chapter V of the
report of the
AC. It welcomed the initiation of consideration by the AC of its next work plan, starting
29 September to 1 October: Sixth meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Bonn,
At its sixth
meeting the Adaptation Committee (AC) discussed progress on its enhanced
collaboration with related processes under the Convention, in particular the Least Developed
Countries Expert Group (LEG), the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Standing Committee
on Finance (SCF). This includes a number of activities planned jointly, such as an AC/LEG workshop
on NAPs and collaboration with Nairobi work programme partners on a workshop on economic
diversification and livelihoods, both scheduled for 2015.
Another highlight was progress made on the third thematic workshop planned for 2015, which the AC
is organizing under its work stream on means to incentivize the implementation of adaptation
action. The AC fleshed out further details on that workshop which is planned to be held during the
first quarter of 2015.
The AC further refined a draft thematic report entitled "Institutional arrangements for
national adaptation planning and implementation" which will be launched during COP 20 in Lima.
The next meeting of the AC is scheduled to take place in early 2015. The AC is further
exploring possibilities to collaborate with UNEP in the organization of the next Adaptation Forum
in the context of the Global Adaptation Network (GAN) in early March. The Adaptation Forum
would focus on the topic of building partnerships and strengthening regional adaptation
26–27 September: Meeting of the NAP Task Force with representatives from UN agencies,
multilateral and bilateral organizations and NGOs
The sixth meeting of the Adaptation Committee (AC) was preceded by a two-day interactive
discussion of the AC's Task Force on National
Adaptation Plans (NAP Task Force) with representatives from UN agencies, multilateral and bilateral
organizations and NGOs supporting the NAP process. The discussion focused on support for NAPs
and explored how organizations can best support the process. The findings of that meeting fed into
AC6 where the Committee considered possible next steps, which have been included in the
report of the AC to
1–4 April: Joint meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi work
The Adaptation Committee (AC), in collaboration with the Nairobi work programme, held a meeting on available tools for
the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, needs of local and
indigenous communities, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for
adaptation. The observations and findings made at the meeting are available in the meeting
5–7 March: Fifth meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Bonn, Germany
At the fifth
meeting of the Adaptation Committee (AC) members elected new Co-Chairs, Mr. Juan
Pablo Hoffmaister (Bolivia) and Ms. Christina Chan (US). The agenda spanned a wide range of
topics, including activities geared towards developing strong working linkages between global,
regional and national levels. One of the results in this area was the establishment of a new
working group under the AC focusing on technical support for adaptation.
Strengthening National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) was a further emphasis of AC5, with the initial
meeting of the AC's task force on National Adaptation Plans (NAP Task Force) taking place.
Members of the NAP Task Force initiated consideration of a work plan (232 kB) at the meeting and were able to finalize and publish it soon after.
11–22 November: COP 19, Warsaw, Poland
The COP, by decision 16/CP.19, welcomed the report of the Adaptation Committee (AC) and noted
with appreciation the progress made by the AC in the implementation of its 3-year workplan, in particular
the progress made in promoting coherence in
adaptation under the Convention, the 2013 thematic
report on the state of adaptation, the first annual Adaptation Forum and the
establishment of the task force on national adaptation plans. Parties also welcomed
the elaboration of the activities in the 3-year workplan (128 kB) under three workstreams
in order to enhance overall coherence.The AC was encouraged to continue its work on providing
technical support and guidance to the Parties, in particular in the area of national adaptation
plans, and to seek further coherence and synergy with other
relevant bodies and programmes under the Convention.
9–11 September: Workshop on monitoring and evaluation of adaptation, Nadi,
A workshop on
monitoring and evaluation of adaptation took place in Nadi, Fiji, from 9–11 September
2013. The Adaptation Committee (AC) organized this workshop in order to build on and
contribute to existing processes related to the topic. The workshop engaged leaders in the
monitoring and evaluation of adaptation with expertise in implementing adaptation at different
levels, including the national, programme and project levels, from governments, regional
organizations, development banks, bilateral technical cooperation agencies, research institutions
and civil society. The workshop report will be made available on the AC's web pages. Following
its consideration of that report in early 2014, the ACwill provide COP 20 with recommendations and
guidance for its consideration.
5–7 September: Fourth meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Nadi, Fiji
At its fourth
meeting the Adaptation Committee (AC) was able to significantly progress its work in the
area of promoting coherence in adaptation under the Convention, which is a standing item on its
agenda. The Committee identified areas of collaboration with other bodies under the Convention,
including the Nairobi
work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP) and the
Countries Expert Group (LEG). It established a task force on National Adaptation Plans
(NAP Task Force), aiming to further support developing countries seeking to formulate and
implement NAPs. Furthermore, the AC elaborated on developing synergies with organizations, centres
and networks outside of the Convention. The Committee also discussed a number of activities aimed
at providing technical support and guidance to the Parties in two main areas: on adaptation actions
and on means of implementation, which include finance, technology and capacity-building. It also
finalized work on its first thematic
report, which aims at providing a snapshot of the state of adaptation under the Convention and
how it has evolved to this point. A comprehensive account on the AC's work in 2013 is included
in document FCCC/SB/2013/2.
18–20 June: Third meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Bonn, Germany
At its third
meeting the Adaptation Committee made good progress on the implementation of its three-year
work plan. Constructive discussion resulted in the definition of next steps in key areas of the
AC's work, such as promoting coherence of adaptation under the Convention, including on means
of implementation; and preparation of a workshop on monitoring and evaluation of adaptation. The AC
also finalized a call for submissions to regional
institutions and UN agencies on information on their support for adaptation.
5–8 March: Second meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Bonn, Germany
The Adaptation Committee held its second meeting from 5–8 March
2013. The Committee elaborated on next steps in the implementation of its three-year work plan (142 kB) agreed in Doha. Topics discussed at the meeting
included, inter alia, coherence and collaboration on adaptation-related matters under the
Convention, information on support for adaptation in developing countries, work related to national
adaptation planning for LDCs and non-LDC developing Parties, initial scoping of a workshop on
monitoring and evaluation of adaptation, as well as the Adaptation Committee’s response to a
call for views on long-term finance.
29 November – 8 December, COP 18 , Doha, Qatar
The COP, at its 18th session, approved the first report of
the Adaptation Committee without any amendments. The report contains information on the work of the
Committee during its first year, as well as recommendations to the COP on support for the national
adaptation plan process for LDC and non-LDC Parties. The report also contains the three-year work plan (142 kB) and the rules of procedure of the Adaptation
7–10 September, First meeting of the Adaptation Committee, Bangkok,
After an extended waiting period due to the late submission of nominations, the Adaptation
Committee held its inaugural meeting in Bangkok,
Thailand. The Committee elected its Chair and Vice-Chair and
established a three-year work plan. The Committee also agreed on a set of rules of procedures which
are based on the provisions established at COP 17.
28 November–9 December: COP 17, Durban, South Africa
At AWG-LCA 14, part 4, followed by COP 17, Parties agreed on the composition
of, and modalities and procedures for the Adaptation Committee. In addition, they defined
other institutions under and outside the Convention and agreed on an indicative list of activities for the
Committee to consider when developing its workplan.
1–7 October, Climate Change Conference, Panama City, Panama
At AWG-LCA 14, part 3, Parties, based on the facilitator's note from Bonn, focused their
discussions on modalities and activities of the Adaptation Committee. Following additional inputs
from Parties and groups of Parties, Parties agreed to forward to AWG-LCA 14, part 4 a draft
decision text, which would serve as the basis for finalizing negotiations on making the Adaptation
6–17 June, Climate Change Conference Bonn, Germany
At AWG-LCA 14, part 2, Parties began their discussions on the Adaptation Committee in earnest and
considered issues such as operational and organizational modalities and procedures; composition,
expertise and terms of office for members, and links with institutions and bodies under and outside
the Convention. Parties agreed to forward to AWG-LCA 14, part 3, a note by the Facilitator
containing a draft decision text, which would serve as a basis for negotiations.
5–8 April, Climate Change Conference Bangkok, Thailand
At AWG-LCA14, part 1, Parties had before them views (see also
Add.2) and a
on the proposed composition, modalities, procedures and linkages of the Adaptation Committee in
order for them to develop a draft decision on the Adaptation Committee to be adopted by COP 17.
29 November-10 December, COP 16, Cancun, Mexico
Parties adopted the Cancun Adaptation
Framework (CAF) as part of the Cancun Agreements. In the Agreements, Parties affirmed that
adaptation must be addressed with the same level of priority as mitigation. The CAF was the result
of three years of negotiations on adaptation under the AWG-LCA that followed the adoption of the
Bali Action Plan
(BAP) at COP 13 in Bali, Indonesia. The BAP sought to enable the full, effective and sustained
implementation of the Convention through long-term cooperative action, now, up to and beyond 2012.
As agreed by Parties, enhanced action and international cooperation on adaptation is urgently
required to enable and support the implementation of adaptation actions aimed at reducing
vulnerability and building resilience in developing country Parties, taking into account the urgent
and immediate needs of those developing countries that are particularly vulnerable. Parties as part
of the CAF:
- Initiated a process to enable LDC Parties - building upon their experience with the
NAPAs - to formulate
and implement National Adaptation Plans and
extended an invitation to other developing country Parties to employ the modalities formulated to
support those plans;
- Established a work programme to consider approaches to address loss and damage associated with climate change
impacts in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate
- Established an Adaptation Committee to promote the implementation of enhanced actions on
adaptation in a coherent manner under the Convention.