As countries implement their climate commitments under the Paris Agreement, UNDP’s lead for adaptation planning, Rohini Kohli, outlines seven ways we need to scale up adaptation – and what UNDP is doing, with partners, to help.
UNDP’s policy and institutional support on climate change adaptation planning and policy is delivered through the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes in Developing and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The NAPs are carried out in an integrated approach linking to NDCs and contribute to UNDP’s Climate Promise. At the core of NAPs is a commitment to accelerate climate action and action on SDGs through mainstreaming climate risk at all levels of development- local, national, regional and global.
UNDP’s climate change adaptation portfolio in Africa represents over US$300 million in adaptation-related investments from vertical funds, so African nations are supported in addressing the challenges of the climate crisis, and can build resilient livelihoods and accelerate action on the Paris Agreement.
The Asia Pacific region is home to over half the world’s population and has challenges such as rapid urbanization, a rising middle class, aging populations, technological changes, and critically, the impacts of climate change. UNDP is supporting countries to accelerate progress through whole-of-society, integrated solutions that address the multi-dimensional nature of the challenges at hand.
Regional brief on NAPs: Latin America in focus
This regional briefing provides step-by-step messaging to operationalize adaptation within public policies - and within a sectorial and intersectoral planning framework -, the strategies proposed in the National Adaptation Plans to reduce vulnerability to the negative effects of climate change in the Latin America region.
Regional Briefing on NAPs: MENA in focus
This Regional Briefing on National Adaptation Plans with a focus on countries in the Middle East and North Africa aims to provide a brief overview of the NAP experiences of middle-income countries in the region and highlight emerging issues, challenges and opportunities.
Regional briefing on NAPs: Asia-Pacific in focus
This Regional Briefing on Asia- Pacific National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) aims to provide a brief overview of the NAP experiences of middle-income countries in the Asia and Pacific region (excluding Central Asia), and highlight emerging issues, challenges and opportunities.
Regional briefing on NAPs: Caribbean in focus
This regional briefing on NAPs for the Caribbean aims to provide a brief overview of the NAP experiences of Caribbean countries, and highlight emerging issues, challenges and opportunities.
Regional Briefing on NAPs: Africa in focus
This briefing aims to provide a brief overview of NAP experiences in African developing countries, highlighting emerging issues, challenges and opportunities.
UNDP is a steering committee member for the Adaptation Action Coalition launched in 2021 by the UK COP Presidency in partnership with Bangladesh, Egypt, Malawi, the Netherlands and Saint Lucia. The AAC drives global advocacy on adaptation and prioritizes work streams on locally led action, health, water and infrastructure.
The ARA is a global, collaborative effort to increase investment and opportunities for action research to develop and inform effective adaptation solutions. UNDP is a member of the Adaptation Research Alliance with a specific focus on strengthening adaptation metrics as well as knowledge and research for adaptation planning.