Areas of Work - Adaptation Committee

This page contains relevant information about and documentation on the different areas of work undertaken by the Adaptation Committee

 

Coherence and Collaboration

Promoting coherence in adaptation under the Convention and synergies with organizations, centres and networks
 

1. Promoting coherence in adaptation under the Convention

The overarching objective of the AC is to promote the implementation of enhanced action on adaptation in a coherent manner under the Convention. As such, the AC, throughout 2013 and 2014, has sought to identify ways in which it can achieve that objective. It is an ongoing process that continues to progress as the AC evolves.

2. Promoting synergies with organizations, centres and networks

By decision 2/CP.17, the COP requested the AC to engage with, and draw on the expertise of, relevant institutions, organizations, frameworks, networks and centres, including those at the intergovernmental, regional, national and, through them, subnational levels, where appropriate. The COP agreed that the Committee should seek input from intergovernmental, international, regional, national and subnational organizations, centres and networks, the private sector and civil society in undertaking its work and should invite advisers drawn from them to participate in its meetings as expert advisers on specific issues as they arise.


Related documents

Promoting coherence in adaptation under the Convention

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AC/2017/11 Review of the work of adaptation-related institutional arrangements
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AC/2017/3 Synthesis and analysis of submissions from Parties and other stakeholders on the review of adaptation-related institutional arrangements click >>
AC/2016/12 Review of the work of adaptation-related institutional arrangements under the Convention in 2017 click >>
AC/2016/2 Revising the workplan of the Adaptation Committee following the Paris outcomes click >>
AC/2015/2 Adaptation-related mandates under the Convention (post COP 20)   click >>
AC/2014/19 Collaboration with the Technology Executive Committee click >>
AC/2014/18 Adaptation-related mandates under the Convention (post-SB 40) click >>
AC/2014/3 Adaptation-related mandates under the Convention (post-COP 19) click >>
AC/2013/24 Proposals on possible support from the Nairobi work programme to the work of the Adaptation Committee click >>
AC/2013/10 Updated summary note on coherence and collaboration on adaptation-related issues under the Convention click >>
AC/2013/3 Updated mandates, work plans and decisions under the Convention with adaptation relevance ( post-COP 18) click >>
AC/2013/2 Updated information paper on possible cooperation in order to reduce duplication of actions, address gaps and strengthen synergies (post-COP 18) click >>

Promoting synergies with organizations, centres and networks

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AC/2017/14 Draft overview of the landscape of existing platforms providing technical support to developing country Parties on adaptation click >>
AC/2016/15 Report on a side event held by the AC: Establishing a partnership platform with national, regional and international organizations, centres and networks to provide technical support to developing country Parties on adaptation click >>
AC/2014/21 Current engagement with, and proposals for future collaboration by organizations click >>
AC/2014/7 Roles of regional institutions and United Nations agencies in supporting enhanced adaptation actions in developing countries click >>
AC/2013/25 Compilation of submissions received from regional institutions and United Nations agencies on current support for adaptation in developing countries click >>
AC/2013/12 Revised draft note on submissions by regional institutions and United Nations agencies on current support for adaptation in developing countries  click >>
AC/2013/4 Draft template for submissions by regional institutions and United Nations agencies on support for adaptation click >>
AC/2014/8 List of regional centres and networks working on adaptation click >>
AC/2013/5 Background note on the preparation of a list of adaptation experts click >>
AC/2013/13 Report on the review of existing lists of adaptation experts click >>
Regional centres and networks on adaptation

List of regional centres and networks on adaptation


Activity 6 of the Adaptation Committee's (AC’s) work plan requested the secretariat to compile a list of regional centres and networks working on adaptation. The AC is making this list available here as part of its work on ways to strengthen the roles of regional institutions and UN agencies in supporting enhanced adaptation action in developing countries. The AC has already received valuable information from regional centres and networks on their current support for adaptation, which has been synthesized into an information paper (see AC/2014/7).

If your organization conducts works in the field of adaptation at a regional level, please email AC@unfccc.int, together with your contact details, in order to be included in this list.

At its fifth meeting the AC endorsed the initial list, which will be updated every six months. The AC further established a dedicated task force on technical support to propose modalities for providing support to Parties on adaptation, for consideration by the AC. The specific tasks for the group include analyzing existing support for adaptation action provided by regional institutions and UN agencies, including gaps, needs and opportunities. The group will further propose modalities to strengthen and enhance coherence of the provision of support to developing countries for activities related to adaptation.

Technical support and guidance

Providing technical support and guidance to the Parties with a view to facilitating the implementation of adaptation activities


One of the agreed functions of the Adaptation Committee (AC) is to provide technical support and guidance to the Parties, respecting the country-driven approach, with a view to facilitating the implementation of adaptation activities, including those listed in decision 1/CP.16, paragraphs 14 and 15.

In order to carry out this function the AC has included the following activities in its workplan.

  • The establishment of a task force on national adaptation plans (NAPs), the terms of reference of which are contained in annex I to the Adaptation Committee’s report to COP 19 which has been welcomed by the COP. In May 2014 the task force published its workplan for the period 2014 – 2015 as a living document. At it's 7th meeting in February 2015 the AC agreed on prioritized activities for 2015 and agreed to share this update with the other members of the task force.
  • The organization of a workshop on the monitoring and evaluation of adaptation, building on and contributing to existing related processes. Further information on the workshop including the final report can be found here.
  • The compilation and updating of a list of regional centres and networks working on adaptation with a view to strengthening their role in supporting country-driven adaptation actions (see under Regional centres and networks)
  • The establishment of an ad hoc group, in collaboration with relevant organizations and experts, to propose modalities to facilitate technical backstopping for projects for Parties upon request. This group was established as an ad-hoc group on technical support and its pdf-icon terms of reference were agreed at AC 5.
  • Consideration of the work resulting from the outcomes of the work programme on loss and damage.
  • The organization of a workshop on best practices and needs of local and indigenous communities together with the Nairobi Work Programme. More information on the workshop including the final report can be found here.
  • The organization of an expert meeting on promoting livelihoods and economic diversification to build resilience in the context of planning, prioritizing and implementing adaptation actions. This meeting was held from 7 to 8 September 2015.

The list below shows the background documents on the above issues that the AC has considered during its meetings. These documents served as input to the discussion and show the evolution of the discussions to-date.

Background documents

National adaptation plans

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AC/2016/19 Progress report on the work of the Adaptation Committee Task Force on National Adaptation Plans click >> 
AC/2016/8  Background note on a workplan of the Adaptation Committee's task force on NAPs  click >> 
AC/2015/4 Concept note on a workshop to share experiences, good practices, lessons learned, gaps and needs on the process to formulate and implement NAPs click >>
AC/2015/3 Report on the meeting between members of the Adaptation Committee Task Force on NAPs and representatives from UN agencies, relevant multilateral and bilateral organizations and NGOs supporting the process to formulate and implement NAPs. Report of the Task Force to the Adaptation Committee.  click >>
  Report on the work of the task force on NAPs presented at AC 6

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AC/2014/20 Concept note for a policy discussion document: Issues related to financing the NAP process, considered at AC 6 click >>
  Final work plan of the task force on national adaptation plans click >>
AC/2014/11 Draft plan of action of the task force on national adaptation plans, considered at AC 5 click >>
AC/2014/10 Financing for national adaptation plans, background paper considered at AC 5 click >>
AC/2013/26 Note on national adaptation plans for non-LDC developing countries, including collaboration with the Least Developed Countries Expert Group, considered at AC 4 click >>
AC/2013/15 Report on the review of existing guidelines for national adaptation planning, considered at AC 3 click >>

Monitoring and evaluation of adaptation

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AC/2016/16   Inventory of ongoing monitoring and evaluation work of adaptation prepared under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. Note by the secretariat  click >> 
  Monitoring and evaluation framework for adaptation to climate change  click >> 
AC/2014/25 Concept note on possible next steps and recommendations on monitoring and evaluation of adaptation, considered at AC 6 click >>
AC/2014/4rev Final report on the workshop on the M&E, considered at AC 6 click >>
AC/2014/4 Draft report on the workshop on the M&E, considered at AC 5 click >>
AC/2013/16 Draft concept note on a workshop on monitoring and evaluation of adaptation, considered at AC 3 click >>
AC/2013/7 Draft scoping paper for a workshop on monitoring and evaluation of adaptation, considered at AC 2 click >>

Ad-hoc group on technical support

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AC/2015/6 Modalities to strategically strengthen and enhance the coherence of the provision of support to developing countries for activities related to adaptation. Options for next steps. Document presented at AC 7  click >>
AC/2014/22 Technical support for adaptation by regional institutions and UN agencies, document considered at AC 6 click >>
  Terms of reference of the ad-hoc group on technical support click >>
AC/2014/6 Concept paper on an ad-hoc group to propose modalities for facilitating technical backstopping, considered at AC 5 click >>

Consideration of the work resulting from the outcomes of the work programme on loss and damage

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AC/2013/8 Summary of outcomes of the work programme on loss and damage, considered at AC 2 click >>

Best practices and needs of local and indigenous communities

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AC/2014/26 Concept note on possible next steps in the context of best practices and needs of local and indigenous communities, considered at AC 6 click >>
FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.11 Report on the 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 click >>
AC/2014/5 Scoping paper on a joint meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi work programme: Available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, best practices and needs of local and indigenous communities, and the application of gender‐sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation click >>

Promoting livelihoods and economic diversification

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  Adaptation Committee - Fact sheet on livelihood and economic diversification: complementary tools for adaptation  click >>
AC/2016/18 Draft information product on livelihoods and economic diversification    click >>
AC/2016/17  Report on the expert meeting on promoting livelihoods and economic diversification to build resilience in the context of planning, prioritizing and implementing adaptation click >> 
AC/2016/7  Concept note for an information product on livelihoods and economic diversification click >> 
AC/2016/6 Draft report on the expert meeting on livelihoods and economic diversification click >> 
AC/2015/7 Scoping paper for an expert meeting on promoting livelihoods and economic diversification. Considered at AC 7 click >>
Means of implementation

Providing information and recommendations for guidance on means to incentivize the implementation of adaptation actions, including finance, technology and capacity-building


One of the agreed functions of the Adaptation Committee (AC) through which it shall promote the implementation of enhanced action on adaptation is the provision of information and recommendations, drawing on adaptation good practices, for consideration by the COP when providing guidance on means to incentivize the implementation of adaptation actions. In its initial three-year workplan the AC elaborated the activities it would undertake regarding technical support and guidance to Parties on means of implementation.

In 2013 the AC has invited regional institutions and United Nations agencies supporting work on adaptation to communicate their current support for adaptation in developing countries and summarized the inputs received into an information paper .

In 2014 the AC has started preparatory work for a workshop on the means of implementation for enhanced adaptation action which took place from 2 to 4 March 2015. The workshop brought together relevant bilateral, regional and multilateral institutions facilitating the means of implementation, as well as development agencies at the country level, to discuss how to further promote the implementation of enhanced action in a coherent manner under the Convention. Representatives of the TEC, the SCF, the GCF Board, the Adaptation Fund Board and the Global Environment Facility were also invited. The AC will use the outcomes of the workshop as well as other relevant information, including the outcomes of the workshop on monitoring and evaluation of adaptation, to provide guidance on means of implementation of adaptation actions and recommendations for consideration by the COP.

The list below shows the background documents on the above issues that the AC has considered during its meetings. These documents served as input to the discussion and show evolution of the discussions to-date.

Background documents
 

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AC/2016/9 Scoping paper for the development of an information paper on experiences of countries in accessing the GCF readiness programme  click >> 
  Report on the workshop on the means of implementation for enhanced adaptation action click >> 
AC/2015/9 Synthesis paper on means of implementation, considered at AC 7  click >> 
AC/2014/27 Scoping paper for a workshop on means to incentivize the implementation of adaptation actions, considered at AC 6 click >>
  Report of the joint workshop with the Technology Executive Committee on technologies for adaptation, held in March 2014 click >>
  Background paper on the joint workshop with the Technology Executive Committee on technologies for adaptation, held in March 2014 click >>
AC/2014/9 Draft template for submissions to communicate current experiences on means to incentivize the implementation of adaptation actions, paper considered at AC 5 click >>
AC/2014/7 Strengthening the understanding of the roles of regional institutions and UN agencies in supporting enhanced adaptation actions in developing countries; information paper considered at AC 5 click >>
AC/2013/25 Compilation of submissions received from regional institutions and United Nations agencies on current support for adaptation in developing countries, considered at AC 4 click >>
AC/2013/23 Coherence and collaboration on means of implementation and on adaptation technical support and guidance to the Parties; paper considered at AC 4 click >>
AC/2013/11 Background note on AC activities relating to means of implementation for adaptation, considered at AC 3 click >>
AC/2013/12 Revised draft note on submissions by regional institutions and United Nations agencies on current support for adaptation in developing countries, considered at AC 3 click >>
AC/2013/4 Draft template for submissions by regional institutions and United Nations agencies on support for adaptation, considered at AC 2 click >>

 

Communication and outreach

Communication, awareness-raising, outreach and sharing of information


The workplan of the AC contains a range of activities to facilitate awareness-raising, outreach and sharing of information. This includes: the communication, information and outreach strategy which the AC adopted as a living document, adaptation fora and a related video documentary, thematic and overview reports, meetings with relevant organizations, and collaboration with the LEG on its NAP Central, currently being developed as a universally accessible hub for information pertinent to the national adaptation plan (NAP) process.

The AC also reports annually to the COP, through the subsidiary bodies, including on its activities, the performance of its functions, guidance, recommendations and other relevant information arising from its work and, as appropriate, on further action that may be required under the Convention, for consideration by the COP.

The AC meets twice a year. The list below shows all documents on the above issues that the AC has considered and developed. These documents served as input to the discussion and show evolution of the discussions to-date.

All relevant documents providing input to and considered at AC meetings are provided below. The documents show the evolution of discussions to date.

Relevant documents

Communication, information and outreach strategy

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  Revised communication, information and outreach strategy as adopted click >>
AC/2014/15 Communication, information and outreach strategy click >>
AC/2013/27 Compilation of revisions to the draft communication, information and outreach strategy click >>
AC/2013/19 Paper on a communication, information and outreach strategy click >>

Meetings with relevant organizations

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AC/2014/24 Summary report on the special event of the Adaptation Committee in collaboration with the IPCC Working Group II click >>
AC/2014/13 Meeting to gather up-to date information on adaptation, in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change click >>
AC/2013/17 Draft scoping paper on a meeting to gather up-to-date information on adaptation, including the limits of adaptation, in collaboration with IPCC Working Group II click >>
AC/2014/16 Special event during SB 40 click >>
AC/2014/23 Summary report on the special event organized by the Adaptation Committee "Promoting synergy and strengthening engagement with national, regional and international organizations, centres and networks" click >> 

Development of thematic and overview reports

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FCCC/TP/2016/6  Technical paper by the secretariat. Opportunities and options for enhancing adaptation actions and supporting their implementation: reducing vulnerability and mainstreaming adaptation click >>
AC/2014/28 Concept note on the Adaptation Committees 2015 overview report click >>
AC/2014/14.1 2014 Thematic Report click >>
AC/2014/14.2 2015 Overview Report click >>
AC/2013/29 Concept note on the 2014 thematic report and the 2015 overview report click >>
AC/2013/18 Concept note on the preparation of an overview report and annual thematic reports on adaptation click >>

Adaptation Fora

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  Contribution to the fifth Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum (oral report) click >> 
AC/2016/10 Draft concept note for the 2016 Adaptation Forum click >> 
AC/2014/29 Options for a future Adaptation Forum click >>
AC/2014/12 Adaptation Forum click >>
AC/2013/28 Revised concept note on the Adaptation Forum to be held in 2013 click >>
AC/2013/21 Draft concept note on Adaptation Forums to be held in 2014 and 2015 click >>
AC/2013/20 Revised concept note on an adaptation forum to be held in 2013 click >>

Annual reports

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FCCC/SB/2014/2 Report of the Adaptation Committee click >>
FCCC/SB/2013/2 Report of the Adaptation Committee click >>
FCCC/SB/2012/3 Report of the Adaptation Committee click >>

Collaboration on NAP Central

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AC/2013/14 Report on the review of existing databases and clearing-house type mechanisms for national adaptation planning click >>