Guidance Note

Financing National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes

Contributing to the achievement of nationally determined contribution (NDC) adaptation goals


1 August 2017


Jo-Ellen Parry, Angie Dazé, Julie Dekens, Anika Terton, Michael Brossmann, Sascha Oppowa


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 would like to thank the following individuals for their extensive and insightful contributions to the content of this guidance note: Charlene Watson (independent consultant), Josef Haider (KfW Development Bank) and, from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Regina Bernhard, Angelika FreiOldenburg, Marion Geiss, Joana Helms, Alexander Linke, Christoph Mairesse, Susann Mende, Roman Roehrl, and Sylvia Maria von Stieglitz. We also thank the Least Developed Countries Expert Group for their useful feedback provided during the preparation of this guidance note. Finally we wish to thank Christian Ledwell for his support with the creation of the figures contained in this guidance note.