NEW Publication: Stocktaking for National Adaptation Planning – Assessing Capacity for Implementing NDCs

The Stocktaking for National Adaptation Planning (SNAP) tool was developed by GIZ to assess, enhance, and monitor a country’s capacity for adaptation planning. This publication showcases the utility and use of the tool and highlights results from its application in various geographical terrains on national and subnational scale. The SNAP tool is one of the most widely used tools in GIZ’s armoury of support instruments for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process.

Target group are NAP focal points, technical support units for NAP, donor agencies, organisations supporting NAP planning, and the wider public interested in the NAP process.

The publication can be downloaded here in English.

 

Stocktaking for National Adaptation Planning (SNAP)

An approach to assess capacities for implementing NDCs

Description

SNAP is a tool to assess, enhance, and monitor a country’s capacity for adaptation planning. This publication showcases the utility and use of the tool and highlights results from its application in various geographical terrains on national and subnational scale. The SNAP tool is one of the most widely used tools in GIZ’s armoury of support instruments for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process.

If you have questions or comments on the SNAP tool please contact Nikola.Rass@giz.de or Till.Below@giz.de

Target Group NAP focal points, technical support units for NAP, donor agencies, organisations supporting NAP planning, and the wider public interested in the NAP process.
Type of resource Conceptual framework and practical case descriptions
Downloads SNAP: Stocktaking for National Adaptation Planning – Assessing Capacity for Implementing NDCs (English)

 

Climate Change Policy Brief on (I)NDC adaptation components and NAP – NOW available in English, French and Spanish!

Taking into account that most INDCs include adaptation components, the question of how they are linked to the NAP process, and to existing adaptation strategies and planning documents becomes pressing. GIZ’ Climate Policy Support Programme developed a policy brief aiming at stimulating and enriching discussions without attempting to provide a final answer to the question of synergies and links between adaptation components in (I)NDCs and the NAP process.

To find out more visit the (I)NDC adaptation components and NAP site

(I)NDC adaptation components and NAP

Climate Change Policy Brief on (I)NDC adaptation components and NAP

Taking into account that most INDCs include adaptation components, the question of how they are linked to the NAP process, and to existing adaptation strategies and planning documents becomes pressing. GIZ’ Climate Policy Support Programme developed a policy brief aiming at stimulating and enriching discussions without attempting to provide a final answer to the question of synergies and links between adaptation components in (I)NDCs and the NAP process.

Download Policy Brief:

English
Climate Change Policy Brief-(I)NDC Adaptation Components And NAP (414.4 KB)
This policy brief aims at stimulating and enriching discussions without attempting to provide a final answer to the question of synergies and links between adaptation components in
(I)NDCs and the NAP process.
Spanish
Informe De Políticas De Cambio Climático-Componentes De Adaptación De Las (I)NDCs Y PNAD (417.3 KB)
El presente informe de políticas se propone estimular y enriquecer los debates, sin pretender dar una respuesta definitiva a la cuestión de las sinergias y relaciones entre los componentes de adaptación de las (I)NDCs y el proceso de formulación y ejecución de los planes nacionales de adaptación (PNAD).
French
Note D'orientation Sur Le Changement Climatique-Composantes D'adaptation Des C(P)DN Et PNA (420.2 KB)
Cette note d’orientation a pour but de stimuler et d’enrichir les discussions sans, pour autant, tenter de fournir une réponse définitive à la question des synergies et des liens qui existent entre les composantes d’adaptation des C(P)DN et le processus PNA.

 

 

 

Climate Change Policy Brief on (I)NDC adaptation components and NAP


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Taking into account that most INDCs include adaptation components, the question of how they are linked to the NAP process, and to existing adaptation strategies and planning documents becomes pressing. GIZ’ Climate Policy Support Programme developed a policy brief aiming at stimulating and enriching discussions without attempting to provide a final answer to the question of synergies and links between adaptation components in (I)NDCs and the NAP process.

 

New factsheet: Overview of GIZ’s NAP support

At the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Durban (COP 17) in 2011, bilateral and multilateral agencies were invited to support the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process and to establish support programmes for developing countries. In providing such support it is important to recognise the flexible and country-driven nature of the NAP process. Following this trajectory, a number of NAP support activities have been established that assist countries in identifying their individual NAP framework.

GIZ, for instance, applies a mix of existing and newly developed tools and management approaches to facilitate the NAP process in its partner countries. A factsheet has been prepared to provide an overview of GIZ’s NAP support. This factsheet is now available in the Mainstreaming & NAP section of our knowledge base.

WEBINAR: Insights into National Adaptation Planning on 26th May 10:30 am

Update: The recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

We are pleased to invite you to the webinar “Insights into National Adaptation Planning” which will take place on 26th May, from 10:30 am to 12 noon (CEST). It is the first session of a series of webinars for stimulating the technical discussion on the NAP process with a wider audience and in addition to the existing international conferences.

The webinar presents:

  • Welcome and opening
  • Background on the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process
  • Experiences on national adaptation planning in Norway
  • German NAP support: tools and experiences from application

The presentations are followed by a detailed Q&A session. The webinar will be held in English.

To participate, please click Access Webinar, enter your name, your email-address and click “Join webinar”.

Technical requirements: Please use a headset and enable Java in your browser. To make sure, that your system matches all requirements, conduct a system check.

This webinar is the first event in the new public Discussion Series on the NAP process organized by the Climate Protection Programme for Developing Countries implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

Examples from application

Available Method Briefs

EU: Mainstreaming through a new adaptation strategy - A new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change: Fostering … Continue reading
Germany: Mainstreaming adaptation into coastal protection - The Approach The German State of Schleswig-Holstein mainstreamed adaptation needs … Continue reading
India: Climate proofing of watershed development - Integrating adaptation options into watershed development planning: Employing the climate … Continue reading
Indonesia: CC Mainstreaming in watersheds - The approach The Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management … Continue reading
Indonesia: Climate resilience strategies for cities - The approach The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) … Continue reading
Indonesia: Integrated Climate Action in Cities - The approach The GIZ programme Policy Advice for Environment and … Continue reading
Indonesia: Risk & Adaptation Assessment - Approach Climate Change Risk and Adaptation Assessment (CRAA), also known … Continue reading
Mexico: Cost-benefit analysis for prioritising climate change adaptation measures - Approach Cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is a tool for comparing the … Continue reading
Mexico: Multi-Criteria-Analysis - Piloting an MCA for prioritising adaptation measures for three sectors … Continue reading
Tunisia: Climate proofing a farm production system - Climate Proofing of the Agriculture, Forestry and Livestock Production System … Continue reading

Planning Process Analysis, a tool for NAP integration

The “Planning Process Analysis” tool has been developed by GIZ to support the UNFCCC National Adaptation Planning (NAP) process in Least Developed Countries. The tool was piloted in Mauritania in October 2013 in cooperation with the Programme de Gestion des Ressources Naturelles (ProGRN), which GIZ is implementing on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The tool provides practical guidance for analysing national development and budgeting planning processes and assists in identifying strategic entry points for NAP. Stakeholders are interviewed with regard to formal and informal procedures of the country’s budgeting system. Using the identified entry points, adaptation can be placed on the national agenda as an intersectoral issue, therefore facilitating the integration of NAP into the different development and budgeting planning cycles. Furthermore, the tool outlines links between planning and budgeting processes in order to ensure that the adaptation plan is implemented in the medium and long term.

For further information, see the Mainstreaming and NAP section of AdaptationCommunity.net

Mainstreaming & NAP

National Adaptation Planning (NAP)

What is NAP?

Climate change and its impacts are long-term phenomena. In order to tackle the related challenges effectively, strategies for adaptation to climate change need to include medium- and long-term approaches. Against this background, the national adaptation planning (NAP) process was established in 2010 as part of the Cancún Adaptation Framework to complement the existing short-term national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs). The NAP process is designed to support all developing countries, especially the least developed countries (LDCs), in meeting their medium- and long-term adaptation needs.

general overview on NAP is provided by these factsheets in English and in French

For further information on the NAP process, refer to the UNFCCCs NAP portal and the support platform NAP Central (currently still under development). NAP Central will also offer an interactive version of the Technical Guidelines developed by the LEG.

Why do NAP?

NAPs are meant to reduce vulnerability, build adaptive capacity and mainstream adaptation to climate change into all sector-specific and general development planning. The NAP process can be a powerful tool for changing policy formulation procedures and facilitating the paradigm shift towards climate resilient development.

How does NAP support look like?

At the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban in December 2011, bilateral and multilateral agencies were invited to support the NAP process and to establish support programmes. These can take various forms, such as technical guidelines, workshops, expert meetings and regional exchanges. In December 2012, the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) published the NAP Technical Guidelines, which detail the process from initiation to implementation and monitoring. The guidelines provide a good framework for completing the NAP process, but specific tools for fulfilling the single steps and tasks are still needed.

NAP support can take various forms, such as technical advice, knowledge brokerage, financial support and regional or virtual exchanges. In providing support it is important to recognise the flexible and country-driven nature of the NAP process: depending on their individual needs, countries choose steps and activities from the Technical Guidelines as appropriate, determine their order, and add new aspects and steps to the process.

GIZ's NAP support

GIZ provides countries with various tools to put the NAP Technical Guidelines into practice. For an overview of GIZ’s NAP support see this factsheet in English.

More detailed information on two tools that have been developed explicitly for supporting countries in their NAP process are:

  • The paper NAP Align (Aligning NAP processes to development and budget planning) provides practical recommendations on how to integrate adaptation to climate change into a country’s planning and budgeting system. See factsheet in English and in French.
  • The Stocktaking for National Adaptation Planning (SNAP) Tool helps in assessing a country’s current national adaptation planning capacities and in identifying strategic goals for NAP that feed into the preparation of a country specific NAP Roadmap. See SNAP factsheet in English and in French. The SNAP tool is one of the most widely used tools in GIZ’s armoury of support instruments for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process. The publication Stocktaking for National Adaptation Planning – Assessing Capacity for Implementing NDCs  showcases the utility and use of the tool and highlights results from its application in various geographical terrains on national and subnational scale. See publication in English.

GIZ also cooperates with the GEF/LDCF financed NAP Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) which assists Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in developing their NAPs. Besides joint advisory missions, GIZ cooperates with the NAP-GSP partner organizations UNDP and UNITAR in developing a NAP country-level training.

 

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"A closer look"

Adaptation Mainstreaming “at a glance”

What is mainstreaming adaptation?

The idea of mainstreaming adaptation is to systematically include climate risk and adaptation considerations in regular decision-making and planning processes instead of only implementing “stand-alone” adaptation measures. This can take place at different levels (international, national, sub-national level; sectoral and project level).

Why mainstream adaptation?

The main objective is to reduce climate risks or to check whether a decision needs to be modified due to a changing climate. This is necessary because by taking climate change into account in planning and decision-making regarding investments, we can prevent costs and destructive impacts of climate change.

What are different entry points for mainstreaming adaptation?

The mainstreaming adaptation concept can be applied to a wide range of decision-making contexts, e.g. governmental investment decisions on infrastructure, provincial sector strategies, or community development plans. The decision-making process itself determines where to best integrate adaptation considerations (the so-called “best entry points”).

How to mainstream adaptation?

Depending on the entry points, mainstreaming adaptation can be linked to e.g. planning, assessments, financing issues, training, awareness campaigns, etc. Given this range of application, there is obviously no single “blueprint” approach, but rather a wealth of different methods and approaches. Mainstreaming can, for instance, mean the inclusion of adaptation experts into planning bodies, a mandatory climate check, or participatory planning approaches.
Irrespective of where mainstreaming adaptation is applied, it always comprises an institutional change process.

What are the main lessons from application?

To name just a few: Examples show that easily understandable, systematic tools can support mainstreaming. At the same time, there should be enough flexibility to address different mainstreaming challenges. The process of setting up mainstreaming adaptation within an institution and participation of those who are supposed to take better informed decisions seem to be crucial. The buy-in from high level decision-makers can be very supportive. Conclusions for concrete situations can be drawn from a large number of past cases in which mainstreaming adaptation was applied.

Where is more information available?
A variety of different guidance and tool descriptions is available about mainstreaming adaptation under different conditions. Check out Further reading and Tools and training material