1/CP.16, the COP has invited non-LDC developing country Parties to employ the modalities
formulated to support the national adaptation plans (NAPs). Developing country Parties are also
invited to plan, prioritize and implement adaptation actions, including projects and programmes, and
actions identified in national and subnational adaptation plans and strategies, national
communications, technology needs assessments and other relevant national planning documents.
5/CP.17, modalities of support and financial arrangements were decided upon, to further support
the NAP process. Non-LDC developing country Parties are invited to employ the modalities
formulated to support the NAPs, including the guidelines for the NAPs. Information on progress
made in the elaboration and operationalization of support for the NAP process can be found below and
Given the progress in enabling support, developing country Parties are encouraged to begin the
preparation of their NAP process.
a) Technical support
The Adaptation Committee (AC), in
decision 5/CP.17, paragraph 30, has been requested by the COP, and in accordance with its agreed
functions, to consider, in its workplan, the relevant modalities for supporting interested developing
country Parties that are not least developed country (LDC) Parties, to plan, prioritize and implement
their national adaptation planning measures, including through the use of the modalities contained in
the same decision (see the "Modalities of support" section here).
In response to this request, the AC has included the following activities in its three-year workplan (142 kB) which was approved by the COP at its eighteenth
- Establish an ad hoc group, in collaboration with relevant organizations and experts, to work on
modalities and guidelines for NAPs for non-LDC developing countries for consideration by the AC
at its second meeting;
- Further consider developing modalities and guidelines to support non-LDC developing countries in
the planning, prioritization and implementation of national adaptation planning measures;
- Establish a database or clearing house type mechanism for information related to national
- Communicate with Parties, relevant bodies, programmes and institutions, with a view to collecting
and compiling relevant information for national adaptation planning; and identify good practices for
integrating adaptation into national development policies, processes and actions in collaboration
with the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) and the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts,
vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP).
During its second meeting, the AC considered modalities and guidelines for NAPs for non-LDCs during a
breakout session. This session led to the development of draft terms of reference (ToRs) for an ad
hoc group that is further elaborating such modalities and guidelines. The draft ToRs can be found
here. (199 kB)
b) Financial support
A number of financial support channels are available for the NAP process, including under the GEF,
and through bilateral and multilateral channels.
The COP, in decision
12/CP.18, has requested the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the Special Climate Change
Fund (SCCF), to consider how to enable activities for the preparation of the NAP process for
interested developing country Parties that are not LDC Parties.
For further information on the SCCF, please see unfccc.int/3657 and the
webpages of the Global Environment Facility on the SCCF.
The GEF response to COP guidance can be found in document
in the Report of the GEF to the COP
Parties are invited to provide information, through their national communications, on what measures
they have undertaken and on support provided or received, relevant to the NAP process (decision
5/CP.17, paragraph 32).
The secretariat has been requested to collect, compile and synthesize such information needed by the
Subsidiary Body for Implementation to monitor and evaluate the progress made on the NAP process,
including through the use of existing databases.
Last modified on 7 January 2014.