New policy brief: Alignment to Advance Climate-Resilient Development: Getting Started on Alignment

This is the second in a series of briefs by the NAP Global Network and GIZ focusing on alignment of country efforts under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The brief explores how the different agendas and policy processes relate to each other and to a country’s national development planning processes. It describes the enabling factors for alignment and discusses how alignment objectives can be defined. Further, the brief outlines key questions that can help to identify entry points for alignment, recognizing that different approaches to alignment may be relevant and feasible in specific contexts and at particular points in time.

Key messages: 

  • As countries establish national commitments to global agendas and outline plans and strategies for climate-resilient development, considerable opportunities exist to pursue alignment of these policy processes.
  • Alignment of country-level policy processes under global agendas can occur within a particular agenda (for example, by aligning processes at different levels) or across agendas, by ensuring that related policy processes are mutually supportive.
  • As the NAP process is iterative and explicitly aims to integrate climate change adaptation in development processes across sectors and levels, it provides important opportunities to advance climate-resilient development, thereby contributing to objectives under multiple agendas.
  • Institutional arrangements, capacity development and information sharing are key enablers for alignment.

The brief is available in english and french

Dialogues for solutions – learning from successes on Ecosystem-based Adaptation during Adaptation Futures 2018

Learning from each other’s success – this is the concept of the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet partnership initiative – funded by IKI and GEF – to document and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of development topics, including climate change adaptation and ecosystem management.

During Adaptation Futures 2018, GIZ and IUCN hosted a dialogue session showing that inspiring and replicable solutions can be found everywhere on this planet and that EbA solutions are an effective reply to climate change risks and deliver a multitude of benefits for societies, economies and environment. 

Concrete EbA solutions from urban areas, drylands and agro-ecosystems were discussed by participants and presenters and enabled learning from solutions that have worked, avoid previous mistakes, adopt successful strategies and exchange knowledge on adaptation:

PANORAMA Solutions presented:

The presentations of the event are available here.

Further contact: Mathias Bertram (mathias.bertram@giz.de)

Documentation of 2nd EbA Knowledge Day – 06 November during UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn

The 2nd Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Knowledge Day – hosted by GIZ, IUCN, IIED and DIE under the Friends of EbA (FEBA) network – during COP 23 in Bonn focussed on the topic ‘Strengthening Ecosystem-based Adaptation in policy frameworks: Communicating benefits, developing financing strategies’.

During a short panel discussion, speakers from BMUB IKI, UN-Environment, Government of Mexico, Oxford University and The Nature Conservancy Micronesia provided insights and practical experiences for demonstrating EbA benefits and financing options.  

marketplace session – including seven concrete examples and tools from IUCN, IIED, GIZ, RARE, DIE, FEBA and PANORAMA,  for assessing, communicating and sharing EbA benefits – served as a platform for further knowledge exchange among participants.

Documentation-EbA Knowledge Day 2 during UNFCCC COP23

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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”.

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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!

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

Togo: Kick-off workshop of GIZ’s support activities for National Adaptation Planning (NAP)

In December 2013, more than 40 stakeholders from the public sector and the civil society assisted in the kick-off workshop for a new NAP support activity by GIZ and the Togolese Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources in Lomé, Togo. The objective of the measure is to improve the preconditions for effective medium and long-term national adaptation planning in Togo through capacity development, knowledge brokerage, and technical advisory, particularly focusing on strategy development.

During the workshop, the existing guidance on NAP by UNFCCC as well as GIZ’s approaches for supporting the process were presented. The Togolese UNFCCC focal point presented current climatic conditions and projected climate change impacts for Togo as well as first experiences with adaptation planning at various levels. The participants highlighted a need for capacity development on NAP and the participation of all key stakeholders in the process. In the afternoon session, specific know-how needs as well as relevant stakeholders were identified in working groups. Based on these consultations, an operational plan for the upcoming 18 months was developed.

For more information, visit the Mainstreaming and NAP section of the knowledge base.