Guidance Note

Vertical Integration in National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes

A guidance note for linking national and sub-national adaptation


4 November 2016


Angie Dazé, with Hayley Price-Kelly and Nikola Rass


This guidance note includes references to relevant decisions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where appropriate. However, as a technical publication, it does not necessarily use the exact language contained in these decisions. In particular, the concise term “NAP process” is applied throughout the document instead of the phrase “process to formulate and implement NAPs” contained in Decision 1/CP.16 and subsequent decisions. Please note that by following this approach, this publication neither aims to reinterpret any existing decision under the UNFCCC, nor does it intend to pre-empt any potential future decisions on this issue.


The authors are grateful to Anne Hammill (IISD) and Michael Brossmann (GIZ) for their helpful contributions to this document. Mariana Rojas Laserna, Raju Chhetri, Fakri Karim, Sanae Maamouri and Youssef Jaouhari provided invaluable inputs to the case examples. Layout design by Allegro168 Inc., and infographic design by Phil MacIsaac.