National Adaptation Planning (NAP) Fact Sheet
This factsheet explains how USAID is working with developing countries to carry out National Adaptation Plans (NAPS). The parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed in 2010 to establish the NAP process as a way to facilitate medium-to-long-term climate adaptation planning.
USAID is supporting the NAP process in Jamaica, Tanzania and 11 countries in West Africa.
USAID is working with developing countries to support their NAP processes through a “development first” approach that addresses climate threats in the context of broader development goals.
Through the NAP process, developing countries identify climate risks, adaptation needs, and capacity gaps, and then begin to integrate adaptation into their national and subnational development plans, policies, and programs. The NAP is intended to ensure that climate change impacts are considered as part of development and sectoral decision-making.
The USAID approach begins with a workshop attended by a wide range of stakeholders from government agencies and non-governmental organizations. Participants set out an approach, build ownership and momentum, and establish agreement on the priorities that will guide next steps and action.
The factsheet gives some examples of how USAID has partnered with governments to identify climate risks – such as inadequate water supplies in West Africa – and create NAPs to address them.
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