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Toolkit - National Adaptation Plans: Building Climate Resilience in Agriculture


All material of the Massive Open Online Course on National Adaptation Plans: Building Climate Resilience in Agriculture is now available through a comprehensive online toolkit. 

Materials presented here were originally shared via the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) Platform during a six-week MOOC. The course is still available for self-paced learning on UN CC:Learn and can be found here. The NAP-MOOC learning materials are presented as part of the Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) Programme and is a joint effort between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and more than 40 leading experts on climate change, finance, agriculture, communications and more. 

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Module 1: Introduction to climate change adaptation, agriculture and food security


Week 1 Part 1 - Introduction to National Adaptation Plans

Week 1 Part 2 - International Agreements on Climate Change

Module 1 sets the scene for the course, it outlines the interlinkages between agriculture and climate change. It highlights the impacts climate change will have on the agricultural sectors and outlines the importance of adaptation planning for ensuring food security and sustainable development. This Module presents definitions and outlines key concepts. Module 1 features country case studies and examples that highlight differentiated impacts of climate change impacts on gender in agriculture and on migration. Module 1 also presents key international frameworks such as the Paris Agreement, including the Nationally Determined Contributions, the 2030 Agenda, The Sendai Framework, National Adaptation Programmes of Actions and National Adaptation Plans and how they relate to adaptation planning of the agriculture sectors.


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Learning Objectives

  • Identify inter linkages between climate change, agriculture and food security and the role of national adaptation planning
  • Recognize differentiated climate change impacts on livelihoods and gender in the agriculture sectors
  • Discuss the relation between the NAP process and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement, and the Sendai Framework

Module 2: International Frameworks and National Adaptation Planning


Week 2 Part 1- Introduction to the LEG Technical Guidelines

Week 2 Part 2- Supplementary Guidelines on Address Agriculture

Week 2 Part 3- Addressing agriculture in NAPs (Julia Wolf)

Module 2 introduces the NAP process and the NAP-Ag Programme. Module 2 presents the LEG Technical Guidelines on NAP and the four elements of the NAP process. Attention is paid to the importance of the NAPs’ alignment with the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Module also introduces the “Addressing agriculture, forestry and fisheries in National Adaptation Plans – Supplementary guidelines” developed by FAO. Experiences from the programme’s partner country Uruguay and Zambia on integrating the agriculture sectors in NAPs are presented.


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Learning Objectives

  • Explain the process of formulating and implementing National Adaptation Plans and its linkages to the NDCs and SDGs.
  • Describe the Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) Programme and supplementary guidelines for addressing the agriculture sectors in national adaptation planning.

Module 3: Identifying and assessing climate change impacts and risks


Week 3 Part1- Information Requirements for National Adaptation Plans

Week 3 Part 1- Climate Information Services

Module 3 discusses the need for information for adaptation planning and the integration of different types and sources of information available that should ensure a strong knowledge base. This Module also introduces interactive tools such as and approaches for modelling climate change’s impact on agriculture, measuring impact and mainstreaming gender into adaptation planning. Examples for these were drawn from the NAP-Ag Knowledge Tank, the Programme on Climate Information for Resilient Development in Africa (CIRDA), Modelling System for Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change (MOSAICC), Agriculture Stress Index System (ASIS), along with gender analysis approaches


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Learning Objectives

  • Identify types and sources of knowledge and information needed for adaptation planning
  • Reflect on the importance of informed decision-making in adaptation planning
  • Identify tools for modelling the effects of climate change

Module 4: Identifying and prioritizing climate adaptation options


Week 4 Part 1 - Climate Adaptation Options

Week 4 Part 2 - Identifying and Prioritizing Adaptation Actions

Week 4 Part 3 - Adaptation in livestock sector (Anne Mottet)

Module 4 presents different types of adaptation actions in the agriculture sector, including specific case-studies from the livestock, croplands as well as aquaculture and fisheries sub-sectors. This module offers practical exercises for learners to get acquainted with the tools and methods at their disposal for prioritizing and appraising different actions. The Module highlights country examples of the Cost Benefit Analysis (CbA) that are useful for designing climate change adaptation projects. The Module also highlighted the importance for stakeholder consultation to direct adaptation planning. Finally, the module provides insights into the mechanics of designing a climate change adaptation project.


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Learning Objectives

  • Discuss examples of different adaptation actions in agriculture planning
  • Outlines approaches and methods for the appraisal and prioritization of adaptation activities

Module 5: Governance, coordination and finance


Week 5 Part 1- Governance, Coordination and Finance

Week 5 Part 2- Climate Finance for Adaptation

Week 5 Part 3- Climate Action | Investing in agriculture (Astrid Agostini)

Module 5 focuses on institutional coordination, governance and the financial challenges faced when integrating the agriculture sectors into adaptation planning and implementation. It builds on the previous discussions of institutional and individual competencies in national adaptation planning in Module 2. It provides valuable insights associated with national budgeting, as well as an overview of a range of options for financing adaptation activities for agriculture and agriculture-based livelihoods, e.g. the use of climate/weather risk insurance mechanisms.


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Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish coordination and governance aspects of implementing adaptation actions in the agriculture sectors
  • Outlines opportunities and mechanisms for accessing funding climate change adaptation and safeguarding livelihoods in agriculture

Module 6: Communications, monitoring and evaluation


Week 6 Part 1- Monitoring and Evaluation

Week 6 Part 2- Communications on Climate Change Adaptation

Module 6 focusses on the last element of the National Adaptation Plans guidelines (Element D – Reporting, Monitoring and Review) and presents the processes of setting up effective adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation systems for the agriculture sectors, which can guide the NAP processes. Processes presented included Impact Evaluation and the need for indicators that are sensitive to cross cutting issues like gender. The Module also introduces the importance of outreach and communications for enhancing the project objectives and provides an overview of the steps and best practices of designing and implementing effective communications strategy.


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Learning Objectives

  • Describe the Monitoring and Evaluation process for the adaptation of the agriculture sectors to climate change
  • Outlining the basic components of an integrated communications strategy

This email-based group will build on the targeted technical issues covered in the NAP-MOOC, provide participants a chance to network and share best practices, and create a stronger community of practice around adaptation planning. Using NAP-Ag Interactive is really simple. To send a message, just write an email to nap-ag-interactive@dgroups.org. Your email will be held for moderation and then sent out to everybody that's on this list.