Climate Change

National Adaptation Plans 

The national adaptation plan (NAP) process was established under the Cancun Adaptation Framework. It enables Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) formulate and implement NAPs as a means of identifying medium- and long-term climate change adaptation needs and developing and implementing strategies and programmes to address those needs. It is a continuous, progressive and iterative process which follows a country-driven, gender-sensitive, participatory and fully transparent approach.

Country support

FAO, through its projects and programmes provides technical assistance and advice to countries on the process of drafting NAPs to:

  • Monitor and evaluate climate change adaptation, outcomes and impacts.
  • Analyze past climate and future climate change scenarios.
  • Assess climate risk and vulnerability at appropriate levels and in different sectors.
  • Integrate climate change adaptation into subnational and local development plans.

FAO's specific expertise consists of working with countries to:

  • Provide access to financial and other support to formulate and implement adaptation strategies, policies and programmes.
  • Ensure early warning, early action and disaster management systems are in place.
  • Promote resilient and sustainable agrifood systems and diets.
  • Support countries in the management and restoration of forests and the reduction of deforestation.
  • Protect and restore fisheries, coastal and marine ecosystems.