Through decision 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.
In decision 5/CP.17,
modalities of support and financial arrangementswere 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 under Guidelines.
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 session (decision 11/CP.18):
- 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
- 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 adaptation
- 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
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 refer to the webpages of the Global Environment Facility on the
The GEF response to COP guidance can be found
and in the Report of the GEF to the COP, document FCCC/CP/2013/3.
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
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.