Support for the formulation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) to the adverse effects of climate change (CC)

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:18 Written by 
  • Location(s): Benin, Ethiopia
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Climate Change
  • SDG(s): 13. Climate Action
  • Locations in Africa: Benin, Ethiopia
  • Types in Africa: Solution
  • Themes in Africa: Climate Change
  • SDGs in Africa: 13. Climate Action
  • Types of ComSec Solutions: Solution


Capacity building of least developed countries to counteract the adverse effects of climate change through the formulation and implementation of the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (NAP).


On the occasion of the Cancún Climate Conference in 2010, the States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) process. This process defines the medium- and long-term adaptations needed to reduce the vulnerability of states and their people to climate change. With the NAP process, states anchor climate change adaptation in their national development plans. The Paris Climate Agreement signed in 2015 at COP21 emphasizes the importance of the NAP process for international efforts to adapt to climate change. However, the NAP formulation process requires expertise and organizational, participatory and governance structures that are not always available and/or sufficiently consolidated in the least developed countries of sub-Saharan Africa.


As part of the implementation of the NAP process, Benin has opted to participate in a series of training and exchange of experiences activities for LDCs:

  • A regional training of trainers workshop in November 2013 for eighty (80) participants from seventeen (17) African countries. held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). The overall objective of this train-the-trainer workshop is to foster an understanding of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) / UNDP-GEF Capacity Building Joint Initiative on the Economics of Adaptation and Water Security. for development resilient to climate change.
  • Since March 2016, Benin has been part of a group of 9 developing countries that share experiences of building capacity for mainstreaming climate change into development policy tools and instruments as part of Benin's Preparation for Development. access to the Green Climate Fund. As part of this project, a methodological guide has been developed to integrate climate change considerations into planning documents.
  • Knowledge exchange in the framework of the regional workshop to assess readiness levels of LDCs in Ethiopia in April 2014 training of trainers in support of the state in developing NAPs. This training took place in Morocco in June 2016 as part of the Global Support Program to the NAP process. This training allowed the participants who are now trainers to master the NAP guidelines, the skills assessment for a national adaptation plan, the NAP issues, the process of formulation, implementation and follow-up.

Evaluation of NAPs. The purpose of these activities was to transfer knowledge and skills by taking advantage of the experiences of other African countries. Benin's expertise in the formulation of NAPs has been strengthened with the participation of climate change experts and specialists from country offices.

Supported by: UNDP

Implementing Agency:
Benin: Ministry of the Environment, Housing and Urbanism

Isidore Agbokou,
Team Leader Environment,
UNDP Benin,
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