This briefing aims to provide a brief overview of NAP experiences in African developing countries, highlighting emerging issues, challenges and opportunities.
Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have begun to integrate adaptation into national development plans and climate change policies.
Almost all the focus countries considered in this regional briefing have initiated the process to formulate and implement the NAP.
All I/NDCs in the countries in focus include an adaptation component.
Challenges are ongoing; particularly regarding the integration of climate change adaptation (CCA) into developmental and financial planning across sectors and scales.
The process of integrating adaptation into development planning processes would be further strengthened by enhancing high-level political support, institutional coordination and effective engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, including the private sector and vulnerable communities.
Identifying sufficient financing for adaptation has been a challenge; however, NAPs can provide an opportunity to catalyse both national and international finance.
Increasing the capacity to collect, analyse, store and disseminate climate data will strengthen decision-making for NAPs.
Further effort is required to enhance the engagement of the private sector, and to fully address the requirements of the most vulnerable communities.