National adaptation plans

For developing economies, national adaptation plans (NAPs) and strategies that have been coordinated to the country’s development priorities form an important basis for strengthening the nation’s resilience to the adverse effects of climate change.

The NAP process was initiated in 2010 as part of the Cancún Adaptation Framework. The aim of this process is to support all developing economies with finances to cover their medium and long term adaptation needs. Furthermore, the process focuses on the least developed countries. The NAP process allows government institutions to identify and prioritise adaptation measures in all sectors, to operationalise preventive measures, and to assign public funds in accordance with climate risks.

Supporting national adaptation plans to strengthen climate resilience

International Climate Initiative (IKI) helps partner countries to develop and implement national adaptation plans. Key focal points of this funding include:

  • Optimising approaches to land usage; 
  • Management of water resources and coastal zones; 
  • Integration of adaptation aspects with sector strategies; 
  • Mainstreaming national development and investment plans.

Frequently, the measures described for ecosystem-based adaptation and risk management also form part of national adaptation plans. 

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