At the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26), Canada, Germany, the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom announced funding to support national adaptation planning and action in developing countries to build the climate resilience of vulnerable communities and ecosystems.
This funding will launch a new phase of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network, an initiative established at COP 20 in 2014 through the collaboration of 11 developing and developed countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The NAP Global Network partners with developing countries to help accelerate national climate adaptation planning and implementation.
“We’ve trained thousands of NAP stakeholders, supported hundreds of government institutions, connected dozens of countries in peer learning conversations, and are communicating hard-won lessons and emerging trends in new and creative ways,” said Anne Hammill, senior director of the Resilience Program at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), which hosts the NAP Global Network Secretariat. “There is a lot more work to be done, and so we are immensely grateful for this new funding and feel more determined than ever to charge ahead.”
The new funding for the NAP Global Network will focus on the following activities, with the long-term goal of increasing strategic investments in climate-resilient development to reduce the vulnerability of ecosystems, economies, and people and achieve sustainable development goals in a changing climate.
The Canadian government committed up to CAD 10 million to empower women, marginalized groups, and those most affected by climate impacts to participate in the NAP process and shape their country’s adaptation priorities. This funding will also enable the NAP Global Network to continue and expand its technical support; innovate and experiment with peer learning; and make knowledge around NAP processes more accessible and compelling.
Germany will provide EUR 2.5 million to support countries in tracking the progress of national climate adaptation actions as part of their NAP process through technical assistance, peer learning, and enhanced donor coordination.
The United States government is providing USD 1.19 million to least-developed and developing country governments to build capacities to understand and address climate risks; to track the progress of adaptation, using past results and lessons learned to inform future climate-resilient development investments; and to address emerging adaptation needs, including leveraging NAPs to support a resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ireland is providing EUR 1 million to support Small Island Developing States and least-developed countries in strengthening transparency, accountability, and inclusion in climate action with a focus on tracking progress on adaptation.
The United Kingdom is providing GBP 1.2 million to support countries in preparing their Adaptation Communications to the UNFCCC and to finalize and submit their NAPs to the UNFCCC.