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Expert meeting to assess progress made in the process to formulate and implement National Adaptation Plans


7-9 February 2018
Hotel Praia, Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe


Under its decision 4/CP.21, the Conference of the Parties (COP) requested the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) to assess progress made in the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans (NAPs) at its forty-eighth session (April–May 2018), with a view to making recommendations thereon to the COP, as appropriate.

As part of the actions and steps for the assessment, the COP requested the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), in collaboration with the Adaptation Committee, to organize a meeting of Party experts, to consider the progress made towards the achievement of the objectives of the process to formulate and implement NAPs, experiences, best practices, lessons learned, gaps and needs, and support provided and received, with a view to providing a summary of progress made in the process to formulate and implement NAPs.


DAY 1Wednesday,  7 February 2018

Session I:
Naresh Sharma (LEG


1. Introductions
    Michelle Winthrop, Erwin Künzi (LEG)

2. pdf-icon Objectives and plan for the expert meeting

    Naresh Sharma (LEG) 

Session II:
NAPs under the UNFCCC
and metrics of success

Aderito Santana (LEG)

3. pdf-icon Sample processes to formulate and implement NAPs, lessons from Open NAP case studies
Beth Lavender (LEG)

4. pdf-icon Effective processes to formulate and implement NAPs and successful adaptation (207 kB)  – metrics of success
Abias Huongo 

Session III:
Best practices and lessons learned from countries

Aderito Santana  (LEG)

5.  pdf-icon Introduction to a methodology for identification of best practices and lessons learned (172 kB)

6.  Country case studies:  
pdf-icon Sudan (1207 kB) , pdf-icon Bhutan (1139 kB) , pdf-icon Ireland (841 kB)   

Session IV:
Considering the guiding principles

Erwin Künzi (LEG)

Parallel sessions
7.  Considerations regarding gender (Julie Deckens)
Michelle Winthrop (LEG)

8.  pdf-icon Considerations regarding vulnerable communities, groups and ecosystems (60 kB) (LEG/NWP)
Benon Yassin (LEG)

9. pdf-icon Best available science including indigenous technologies and knowledge (GERICS, IPCC)

(In addition, please see a related video here)
Aderito Santana (LEG), Mokoena France

Plenary session on report back from parallel sessions


DAY 2 – Thursday 8 February 2018

Session V:
Country experiences and

lessons learned

Renske Peters (AC)

10.  pdf-icon Synthesis report on progress on NAPs including overview of how NAP decisions under the UNFCCC have been addressed (514 kB) Matti Goldberg

11.  Country case studies: pdf-icon Lesotho (1173 kB) , pdf-icon Philippines (2659 kB) , pdf-icon Benin (368 kB) , pdf-icon Pakistan, (539 kB) pdf-icon Nepal (1947 kB) , pdf-icon Canada (997 kB)

Session VI:  Support provided,

support  received

Emanuel Dlamini

12.  Taking stock of support for the process to formulate and implement NAPs: support provided and support received, and emerging gaps and needs at different levels and scales (based on synthesis report and comments from different actors) (Secretariat, LEG, AC, pdf-icon NAP GN (512 kB) , pdf-icon NAP GSP (1529 kB) , GEF, pdf-icon GCF (1243 kB) , SPREP, CCCC)

Session VII: Objectives the

process to formulate and implement NAPs and online questionnaire

Carlos Fuller

Parallel groups
14.  Framing of vulnerability and risk in the context of assessing progress in reduction of vulnerability over time (objective 1), including emerging key risks and sources of climate change vulnerability and experience with common solutions and theories of change (pdf-icon IPCC/Kristie Ebi (992 kB) ) – Xolisa Ngwadla

15.  Achieving integration and coherence in adaptation planning and implementation across levels and scales within the national setting (objective 2) (UNDP, pdf-icon BCAS (883 kB) ) – Cecilia Bernardo

16.  Looking back at data and information capture to support the assessment of progress: Revision and update of the questionnaire and the generic metrics (Simon Anderson, LEG) – Irene Suarez


DAY 3 – Friday 9 February 2018

Session IX:
Report of the assessors

Beth Lavender(LEG)                                          

18.  Report back from assessors

To present conclusions on the progress made per the objectives, guiding principles, support, and reflections on emerging best practices and main lessons learned. Main gaps and needs would also be presented. 

Session X:
The NAP in Sao Tome

Naresh Sharma (LEG)

19.  pdf-icon Presentation on the Sao Tome NAP (2641 kB)


Closure of the meeting



Logistical information
pdf-icon Information for participants (611 kB)
Relevant resources and links

Data to support assessment

pdf-icon Decision 4/CP.21 (97 kB)

National Adaptation Plans

NAP Central

LEG webpage

AC webpage


pdf-icon Agenda (232 kB)

pdf-icon Synthesis report
(647 kB)
Analyses by organizations:
pdf-icon GERICS (20309 kB) : Climate Simulations for NAPs
pdf-icon UNDP: (727 kB) Coherence between adaptation and development
pdf-icon NAP Global Network (562 kB) : Gender considerations
pdf-icon Southern Voices: (711 kB) Participation and Transparency
pdf-icon GIZ: (124 kB) Support for M&E and the NAPs

pdf-icon SCF input (91 kB)