Regional briefing on National Adaptation Plans: Asia-Pacific in focus

from UN Development Programme, UN Environment Programme
Published on 29 Mar 2018 View Original

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.

In brief

  • Many countries in Asia-Pacific have institutional arrangements in place for climate change adaptation, providing highlevel support and institutional coordination.

  • Local decision-makers, communities and the private sector need to still be better engaged in adaptation planning, whilst capacities need to be enhanced.

  • Adaptation has been integrated into national level planning to some extent, both in terms of development planning and of specific climate change and/or adaptation plans and policies.

  • Further work is needed to ensure that adaptation is integrated across all sectors and scales of development planning.

  • Approximately half of the middle-income, developing countries in the region are developing medium-to long-term, cross-sectoral and crossscale processes to formulate and implement their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).

  • Given the number of existing development and climate change plans, NDCs and NAPs in countries of the region, the actual implementation and actioning of these frameworks provide clear opportunities.

  • Long-term financial sustainability is needed for such implementation, alongside capacity building and technical assistance.

  • Potential sources for long-term financial sustainability include the use of national funds and climate finance coding, integration into budget cycles and engagement of the private sector, alongside more traditional source of international climate finance.

  • Catalytic activities include the appraisal and prioritisation of adaptation options to enhance implementation and target finance, and the development of M&E systems as part of iterative NAP processes.