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Institutional Context Analysis for the National Adaptation Planning Process

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Globally, countries are transitioning from making the case for, and building awareness on, climate change adaptation to the development and implementation of adaptation strategies and plans.

Recent experiences from many developing countries show that climate adaptation planning is a complex process that requires improved coordination among in-country actors and development partners engaged in all sectors of the economy. Pressure on developing countries and development partners to increase cross-sectoral coordination is heightened as they seek access to international climate finance. But how can they achieve more effective coordination across multiple sectors, actors, scales and time frames in practice? According to the latest IPCC report, achieving cross-sectoral coordination remains one of the major challenges in transitioning from climate adaptation planning to implementation.

IISD is exploring these challenges using three country case studies: Jamaica, Kenya and Togo. Each case study reviews the status, approach and coordination mechanisms related to planning for national development, climate adaptation and development assistance based on a combination of desk-based review and semi-structured interviews with government officials and donor agencies. This study aims to offer recommendations to governments and donors interested in improving in-country coordination for climate adaptation planning. The results of this work will also help to inform the activities of the NAP Global Network, for which IISD is serving as Secretariat.