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National adaptation plans

The national adaptation plan (NAP) process was established under the Cancun Adaptation Framework (CAF). It enables Parties to formulate and implement national adaptation plans (NAPs) as a means of identifying medium- and long-term adaptation needs and developing and implementing strategies and programmes to address those needs. It is a continuous, progressive and iterative process which follows a country-driven, gender-sensitive, participatory and fully transparent approach.


Technical guidelines for the NAP process, prepared by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), and based on the initial guidelines adopted at COP18
Information particularly relevant for least developed country Parties that are in the process of preparing and implementing NAPs
Information particularly relevant for non-LDC developing country Parties that are in the process of preparing and implementing NAPs
An event to catalyse the launching of the NAP process at the national level. Conducted by the LEG and supported by the secretariat in collaboration with relevant organizations
A number of databases, including local coping strategies from communities that have had to adapt to specific hazards or climate conditions
Guidelines, brochures, best practices and other publications relevant to LDC Parties and on adaptation at large
Access to data, information and knowledge on adaptation to all relevant stakeholders that are developing adaptation plans
Information on countries’ progress in formulating and implementing NAPs, including remaining gaps and needs
Programmes developed by organizations and agencies to facilitate technical and financial support for the NAP process

Update on SBI 39 and COP 19, Warsaw
At its thirty-ninth session, the SBI considered the guidelines for the formulation of NAPs and the documents prepared for the session, in preparing recommendations for consideration and adoption at COP 19.

The conclusions that were adopted by the SBI at this session can be found in the SBI report, page 19.

Decision 18/CP.19 was adopted under the COP.

Last modified: 3 February 2014

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