Guidelines for National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)

Technical guidelines for the NAP process

The COP requested the LDC Expert Group (LEG) to elaborate technical guidelines for the NAP process based on the initial guidelines for the formulation of NAPs, and to arrange a review of these technical guidelines (decision 5/CP.17, paragraphs 15-16).

The LEG organized a review meeting from 29 to 31 October 2012 in Bonn, Germany, to review a draft of the guidelines. The meeting was attended by experts and representatives of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN agencies and other relevant research, academic and non-governmental organizations. 

The technical guidelines for the NAP process are available for download in the following languages:  

Hard copies are available through the UNFCCC secretariat. Please contact

The NAP Expo took place from 11 to 15 July 2016 in Bonn, Germany. Using the NAP technical guidelines, the NAP Expo provided information on the NAP process, providing a platform for sharing, and offering a forum for questions and answers, and the exchange of ideas. More information.

Initial guidelines for the formulation of NAPs

The initial guidelines for the formulation of NAPs by LDC Parties were adopted by the COP at its seventeenth session (decision 5/CP.17, paragraph 6). They elaborate four elements that are indicative of the activities that can be undertaken in the development of NAPs, depending on national circumstances, and determined by LDC Parties.

The initial guidelines are contained in the annex to decision 5/CP.17, and are available in all six UN languages.

Download the initial guidelines for the formulation of NAPs by language:

Other relevant materials:

The NAP process: a brief overview

This booklet summarizes key principles and features of the NAP process and reflects some insights from the LEG on possible ways to undertake the process in LDCs and other developing countries.

The publication is available in the following languages:

The NAP poster

The poster provides a quick reference of steps, building blocks and sample outputs under each of the four elements of the NAP process.